Admittedly, the title does not promise anything positive, resonates just with the word Maybe a relatively negative connotation.
Years ago, there was once an article about Generation Z, there titled "Generation Maybe", and was about the fact that this generation Maybe has lost itself in the either-or, can not decide, has no answer to any question, would not like to commit.
Why this title and the reference to an article about this generation?
Because Oud Fleur represents exactly that, but without any negative connotations, but full of euphimisms: either-or.
On another platform I read that this could just as well be a DUA hybrid:
Tobacco Oud mixed with Rose Prick.
But is it?
Let's start from the beginning, with the purchase: I acquired the fragrance last week in Zurich, when in a well-known specialty store was just sale and I could purchase the admittedly beautiful 100 ml bottle for under 250 euros.
At home sprayed on me boomed first of all a huge load of spiced oud. Some speak of associations with Tom Ford's London - and these are also absolutely not to be dismissed, even if the cumin (fortunately) is completely absent here and instead cardamom and coriander are to be perceived. Above all, however, the oud is here the tone-setting unit, which makes this fragrance seem extremely loud, strong and masculine in the first moment.
In the next moment, however, the floral units already come into play: here, however, in my opinion, some went wrong with the naming - the so floral a rose may also be, so much all other floral chords are completely missing.
A juicy, completely dark and mysterious rose enters the ring, which wants to fight a battle with the spicy oud. So at least the first impression.
The rose is thereby full-bodied, mysterious, dirty and so not at all sweet and tender. No, the is not only here to play - To fight but also not.
Because she prefers to cuddle.
In the heart, rose and oud unite, complement each other, support each other and hold each other. Completely in harmony they linger - just as if they had been hybridized. So after all Tobacco Oud and Rose Prick?
No. It's not that simple.
Tobacco Oud is beautiful. Rose Prick is beautiful. And they would be the parents of a beautiful child, guaranteed. But should they ever have an offspring, Oud Fleur will not be his/her name.
Oud Fleur is more complex, deeper, more mature than that.
Even if individual chords over and over again remind of the spicy, striking Booziness paired with pipe tobacco and exotic oud, and other chords quite evoke associations with the most seductive rose that the house of Ford has to offer, Oud Fleur does something quite brilliant in the later course:
Sandalwood give the fragrance in the drydown a wonderfully adult, profound and confessed character, which clearly distinguishes the Oud Fleur from all other oud-rose combinations. Completely detached, down-to-earth and sophisticated appears the wonderful combination of rough, spicy, edgy oud with the juicy, dark and dirty rose after the sandalwood brings the fragrance the necessary creaminess, smoothness and calmness into play.
Incidentally, sandalwood is also a component of Tobacco Oud - just in passing.
But that's not all. In the further course of the drydown comes another, completely unexpected component: patchouli. No damp, musty basement patchouli, but real power work: sexy, wicked and dust-dry. This note rounds off the oud-rose combo paired with the sandalwood wonderfully, gives it the final touch, roughens the polished sandalwood again a bit and gives the fragrance once again a very seductive character - nix Maybe, but Definitely Definitely.
Again: Patchouli is a note found in both Tobacco Oud and Rose Prick.
So is it a hybrid after all?
No. It's a standalone, beautiful, and incredibly special fragrance from the house of Ford. Spicy oud, juicy-dirty black rose, deep and elegant sandalwood paired with the necessary wickedness and sexiness of patchouli.
One could think, all the wonderful elements of Tom Ford fragrances have united in this fragrance: Tobacco Oud and Rose Prick right in front, London and Santal Blush a little more in the midfield and Patchouli Absolu in the back rows.
- And yet a very unique fragrance.
The fragrance of the generation Maybe?
No. Definitely not. And yet Oud Fleur beautifully represents indecision, the question of meaning and the eternal back and forth between either and or.
But what is the answer to that?
Does it always need one? - I ask back.
Oud Fleur does not want to be understood, I am convinced of that. Not every question needs an answer. Not every decision needs to be made. Not everything needs to be committed to.
Sometimes it is enough to pause for a moment and enjoy. Existence, life, love and the feeling of not having to have an answer to everything.
And in this moment, it needs a confessed companion - and that is Oud Fleur.