Roses over roses ... A single sprayer is enough and I feel surrounded by thousands and thousands of Damascus roses.
Oud Satin Mood gives you an idea of what it could smell like in heaven...
I bought my second fragrance from MFK last month for my birthday. I had heard, seen and read so much about this perfume that I just wanted to have it. I hadn't tested it yet, but from the descriptions, I thought Oud Satin Mood was wonderful - soft, gentle, flattering, but also intoxicating. Right now, for some reason, I like rose scents. I own some of Guerlain Aqua Allegoria, which I like to wear. They are all fresh, light, delicate with green and sometimes berry nuances - so ideal for the summer.
And Oud Satin Mood? Will it live up to my expectations?
I had been warned by several comments that the fragrance should be very intense and strong and should, so to speak, only be used in homeopathic doses, so that one does not disturb his/her environment too much. Of course I would not like that under any circumstances.
I assumed that this fragrance was only suitable for festive events such as gala evenings, premieres or glamorous balls. Since I don't attend the Vienna Opera Ball, these events would be extremely sparse, I thought - OSM would therefore probably be "eternally" in stock with me.
I therefore approach the allegedly great fragrance with the necessary respect. A timid sprayer on the right, one on the left, then I waited for the huge rose bomb, which would probably burst now and virtually sweep me away with its scent.
Was it a pipe burst?
Not at all. But neither is the explosion of scent that some people apparently feel at OSM. Okay, maybe my olfactory organ is not as sensitive as it used to be, I think. Let's see how my environment reacts
A first then. It's June 9th, when I wear OSM for the first time, or perhaps I should say, when I'll be wearing it. A small group has gathered to celebrate my birthday with me. We meet in an Irish Pub in a Viennese suburb. It is warm enough to sit outside
Of course I don't think about Oud Satin Mood all the time, which I hardly notice on myself - at most a touch, when I move my head. I have to accept and unwrap presents, there is chatting, eating and drinking Guinness.
But from time to time it comes to me, this allegedly so stunning scent. But no one seems to notice it but me. Nobody wonders what it smells so good, nobody inquires about the perfume, nobody pays any compliments. Hello?
The dark, square bottle has a sophisticated and noble appearance. However, its weight makes it less suitable for carrying in a handbag. Due to several descriptions of the fragrance as very durable and strong, I would never have thought that I would have to spray it. I don't have to do that with Oud from the house of Kurkdjian either.
I should perhaps note that I bought the fragrance in a reputable perfumery and it was originally wrapped in cellophane when I got it.
Well, you can be wrong. It's not my sense of smell. There are two men and two women at our table. The fifth one has to stand because the Corona regulation only allows 4 persons at one table and the landlord refuses to bring another chair with the words "Zahl'n Se mir de Straf'?! Of course it was a bit uncomfortable, but the gentlemen took turns with the standing room.
And the scent itself? Apart from the fact that it's obviously not as intense and strong as I read in some of the comments, it's pretty much the opposite of the Guerlain AA rose scents in my collection. That is to say, not as light, delicate and fruity as the rose scents that are currently in fashion.
Francis Kurkdjian dares to swim against the current once again. While the perfumers of leading houses have apparently decided that roses today have to smell fresh, green and discreet, Kurkdjian has enjoyed creating an unconventional rose scent that is not restrained or even shamefully hidden, but that gives roses back their majesty, so to speak. With him, roses are - still or again - full of power and delicate, velvety, but pleasantly dry sweetness.
Oud Satin Mood has something unconventionally intoxicating. From the very first moment. Here you can see fully bloomed, big red roses, which are allowed to make an impression. Accompanied by delicate violets and a very soft, cuddly and woody oud, which, I feel, "holds everything together beautifully" and surrounds it with warmth and softness.
The fragrance is silky, soft, powdery and - especially in the base - noble wood. The nuances unite to a dignified, exquisite work of art. In this sense, OSM is more of a linear fragrance, which is present from the very beginning. And when I mentioned the "base" earlier, it doesn't mean the end of a fragrance journey, but the foundation that underlies all other fragrances. I suppose that this delicate woody note is due to the Siamese benzoin, the resin of the tropical styrax trees, which gives off a lovely scent reminiscent of vanilla and chocolate.
The composition is so successful and harmonious that I cannot tell where vanilla begins and amber ends. But do you have to?
I don't want to trace the violets, which remain small and discreet here, according to my feeling.
I would still not describe OSM as a gourmet fragrance. The rose is too powerful for that. Anyone who knows Damascus roses knows that they only bloom once a year, in early summer. But they exude a fragrance that can only be called beguiling.
Damascus roses are an ancient rose species from Asia Minor. Crusaders brought them to Europe over 600 years ago. I don't mention this to show how well I can google, but because the scent makes you feel that it is a very old cultivated plant - at least that's what it seems to me. For me, this rose scent has a certain oriental flair in its opulence. I can well imagine that healing effects have always been attributed to this wonderful scent. Above all, it should bring mental and physical relaxation.
I also feel that somehow when I wear the perfume. There is something pleasantly soothing about the fragrance. No, it's not a sleeping pill, but it takes away the stress, that's how it seems to me. It is a fragrance for after work - not for hectic working hours or sports. You have to be ready for this scent. Be ready to give him the peace he needs to unfold in this heady way. It is a fine, sensual fragrance. Sensual but not necessarily in the sense of passionate or seductive, rather heavenly. It makes you float.
It's not a faint scent. It has a size that doesn't suit everyone, but it's never intrusive. It does not suit every occasion because it is very elegant and striking.
People who like to stay in the background are unlikely to reach for this fragrance. But I'm using clichés here, because, as I mentioned, nobody noticed OSM on me. From this I conclude that you can't wear this scent only at big festivities. Provided your personality fits OSM.