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I'm good with oud...
We all have certain preferences for certain notes, just as we naturally have a kind of aversion to other notes. Spontaneously, leather, aniseed and oud come to mind, with which I personally am not very good at, for example,
I would still call the first two my "bosses". Again and again and again I have tested scents that included these two, but I just (mostly) never could really get used to them, which hasn't changed until today.
But not so with Oud, for which I found one I like more than well with the M7 from YSL.
I discovered this scent about half a year ago in a perfumery and knew of its existence, but I had put off testing it for a long time, as I was still a beginner at that time (I would still call myself a beginner) and therefore preferred other scents.
But some time ago I sniffed at him for the first time and was very surprised, in a positive sense. So surprised that I said to myself: "Oh, it's beautiful. Not the way oud usually smells."
And when I bought a sample and used it every day, I quickly realized how much I liked the scent, so I quickly ordered a bottle.
Certainly there is no classic or real oud in this M7. Most people associate with this note things like cowsh!!!!, some medical chords or other foul smelling things (by the way, so do I myself).
But the M7 is a very pleasant and cosy fragrance, where I personally perceive the oud note only discreetly (if oud is included here at all).
In the beginning, it starts with a charming sweet and fruity tangerine, which is then pushed forward with other citrus notes in the background. Since patchouli is one of my favourite notes, the rest of the song is also very appealing to me. This gives the fragrance an earthy and tart woody character, and the tangerine gradually recedes.
In the base, I find it to be balsamic-sweet and spicy-warm, which should be due to the myrrh and amber. The freshness from the opening is retained throughout the fragrance, although not as strong as at the beginning
Especially in the current season the M7 is the best and most suitable for me. Because of the fruity-citric start and the oriental swing it brings with it afterwards, mMn can be classified as a great all-rounder, which you can wear very well on these autumn days. And also on cooler days in spring I can imagine him very well.
In terms of occasions, it is suitable for work (but if so, then only in a discreet dosage, as it has power), everyday life (preferably with a little more chic clothing), as well as the evening to go out.
I cannot complain about the durability, quite the contrary. I smell it on myself about 7-8h, which I find great. As I mentioned before, it has an enormous radiance at the beginning and you are very well noticed in the first 2-3h, which for me personally makes for a good Sillage
With the Santal Royal by Guerlain and Intense Oud by Gucci I owned two other oud-heavy treasures besides the M7 for a long time, but in the end I passed them on, because the Santal Royal was simply too leathery and the Intense Oud was too sour because of the saffron (I also wanted to reduce my collection, which fortunately went well for me recently).
But this M7 is still with me and will also have its place in my collection in the future. I would like to have at least one oud fragrance and this one is completely sufficient for me. Because from the first smell on it convinced me very much and therefore it has earned its place. The certain sensuality that it brings with it, I like it very much. In spite of his seductive character I find him at the same time reserved and polite in his whole appearance.
In my eyes it is an intense, very elegant and easy to wear, oriental-woody scent with a slightly sweet background, which I can recommend to anyone who is not used to oud.
Thank you for reading it!