A Familiar Oud
I truly hate starting fragrance reviews with "this smells like..." but, boy oh boy does this open up like Atelier's Rose Anonyme! How does it differ? Mancera's Gold Intensive Oud introduces a lemon note and aquatic accord, which makes the entire duration of this fragrance significantly brighter. The white musk also changes the contrast. Teakwood gives the drydown an edge most rose & oud compositions don't have. Gold Intensive Aoud is well made, but does not stand out in a market oversaturated in rose & oud.