Again and again I read here on Parfumo something of "Oud", and - ashes on my head - I didn't know what it was ??? So I became more and more curious and almost got a shock when I saw how expensive some oud fragrances are. By chance I came across this scent, and found it promptly for small money at "my" online scent provider (...waaaaaas, sooo cheap...?! ) . Encouraged by the price and the comments here I ordered it blind.
Alsooo: The packaging is already once nobly opened. In black cloth "wrapped" cardboard, with golden label ( glued on it. You can unfold the box, inside there is the "padded" Flalon. The bottle is a brown bottle, and reminds me of old pharmacist bottles. All in all, simple, masculine and somehow noble.
Now for the fragrance:
The first time I spray, a rich red rose spreads over my wrist. Fine, but I'm amazed, so much rose in a men's scent? I wait for a while, and there's still something to come, something woody, warm. Very nice, but nothing else happens on this day.
A fat spray in the crook of the arm...this time the rose holds back, and the woody notes stand out more clearly. But further NICHTS happens again. "Oudoudoudoud"...WHERE are YOU...*lock*...but...NIX...I'm disappointed, that's nice, but not exciting. So I turn to other things and forget the scent for a while.
But then... Hold on, what is this now? I'm getting a... I'm sniffing... is that the OUD? That slight stable smell? ANACH do people want to smell ? After cow dung decorated with roses? Now I am speechless, somewhat angry, and relieved not to have spent so much money. But it was a cheap blind purchase, and the 20 euros I can get over, I am just one experience richer.
Since I'm persistent ...3 Try:
This time the notes unite and become more harmonious. I perceive the rose again more clearly, the oud note combines pleasantly with the wood, becomes softer, rounder, and I am nevertheless happy and more content than still a few days before.
Then my husband comes into the room. *"Did you take a footbath?"
WHAT..........*gnaaa*..............but my husband is a "scented banya" who doesn't like perfumes anyway...
Conclusion: An interesting, dark woody fragrance. For women quite wearable, since it appears soft and pleasing by the rose. I'll keep it and give it a few more chances. However, I don't need any more oud experience now, this is enough for me. Because of the price, but definitely recommended for "Oud beginners", you can do nothing wrong.