I get alot of citrus and peppery accords from the opening which becomes milder as time passes and the oud becomes more apparent. However I do not find the oud very dark or oily in this scent as compared to Kurkdjian's Oud. I find this more of an citrus opening leading to oriental/woody scent than an oud dominant scent. Sillage and longevity are good as I seem to find is a trend with Rania's scents that I have tried. I do agree that I find a similarity between this scent and C'est la Fete Patchouli even if the ingredient list differs markedly, however Oud Assam is more smoky than the Lacroix. I like it but I don't love it and I think there are far more striking ouds if one is looking for an oud dominant scent.