Zara Exclusive N°03 - Universal Oud 2021

Zara Exclusive N°03 - Universal Oud by Zara
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Zara Exclusive N°03 - Universal Oud is a new perfume by Zara for women and was released in 2021. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still available to purchase.
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Black pepperBlack pepper OudOud PatchouliPatchouli
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8.236 Ratings
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8.033 Ratings
Sillage
7.532 Ratings
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8.232 Ratings
Value for money
9.630 Ratings
Submitted by Cynara17, last update on 06.11.2022.
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Elysium

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Elysium
Elysium
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A Meditative Incense Stick
"Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery." – Amit Ray.

Incense is a resinous preparation to which essential oils of vegetable origin are added. When burned, emit fragrant smoke to perfume spaces and create environments for therapeutic or meditation purposes. You can choose from an infinite range of flavours and different benefits depending on the aroma you choose. Create an atmosphere of complete well-being for your home, office or meditation centres and enjoy the moment. Although it is sometimes used purely for aesthetic purposes, it is also often used in religious or spiritual practices, including during meditation. There are many different ways of meditating. As long as a meditation technique offers the opportunity to calm the mind and relax the body, meditation has many benefits for health and relieving stress. A strategy that some people like is to meditate with incense.

Universal Oud is like a meditative incense stick. When you spritz it, it fills the room with a mysterious, soothing, and calming aroma of smoky rosy oud. The first thing that catches the eye is the bottle, which replicates those already used in the past for the collections created by Jo Malone, but which features a golden and knurled cap, which makes everything a bit sophisticated and gorgeous. Inside is a smoked pink liquid, and the association with the rose comes spontaneously.

As soon as the spray reaches the skin, a dark rosy, spicy, and slightly citric aroma spreads in the air. The aromatic notes of black pepper mix with something rosy, damask rose petals, with a balsamic and mentholated background. I imagine myself getting up early in the morning, opening the window to reach the terrace, and smelling the redolence of the dewy fresh roses from the lush garden. It is an intriguing perfume. I would spend hours and hours smelling this opening. On the skin, it is softer and more on the floral side, while on the paper strip, it releases almost medicinal edges typical of cough syrup. A wealthy, dark, and subtly mysterious base supports the top and heart notes. When I first smelled the perfume, I was overwhelmed by how rosy it was. There was something slightly citric and boozy in the background, but the rose was the overwhelming top note, with some mothball-like tints and perhaps saffron touches with its woody hues.

In the heart, we find the amplified rose, which mixes with powdery notes of violet leaves or iris root and the darker ones of oud resin. I don't think this perfume is old school. Rose is certainly no stranger to the world of fragrances, nor will it ever be considered outdated, and the spin that Jo Malone puts on this rose is the addition of the patchouli, pepper and oud that give this fragrance a sweeter earthy vibe. There is a handful of floralcy in the middle stage, and the first half feels very rosy to me.

As time goes by, Universal Oud becomes more and more like rose-vanilla powder with a hint of candied violets. Very late in the dry down, I get a light, clean patchouli. It's light compared to other blends made from these exotic leaves, but I like it. The earthiness shares the last stage with spicy vanilla. In the mixture, I detect both powdery and buttery nuances. I haven't seen vanilla listed as a note, but I get that sweet creaminess that peaks during the dry down. As it moves further along, the oud makes a stronger appearance yet is never overwhelming. Instead, it remains a rose-dominant oud scent.

Bottom line, Universal Oud is unquestionably a Middle East fragrance with two deeply iconic Arabian ingredients: Oud and Rose. It opens with a familiar rose aroma; however, it feels sweeter and dirtier than other rose scents. But that's what makes it so good. Smelling this perfume, I mainly take semi-medicinal oud, earthy rose, and bitter chocolate. These notes work together in perfect harmony. It smells opulent and elegant, with a little feminine slant from the rose, but men can also make it if they have style. The oud here isn't too overwhelming, not the oud of M7 (2011) for instance. It blends very well. You know it's there, but it's not centre stage. On the other hand, the rose is as if someone had slightly dipped it in chocolate.
Pure earthiness with a hint of saffron, rose, and vanilla comes together nicely. Sometimes, I can catch a whiff of dusty paper, a facet of the iris I cherish. As for the performance, I don't find the sillage to be that powerful. It is not weak, but neither is it intrusive. It stays on the skin for a few hours, the longevity is not bestial, but it is undoubtedly terrific. It is a unisex perfume, and nothing makes it an exclusively feminine fragrance. Anyway, I like to wear it in the cold, and I don't think it would be too successful for anyone in the summer. It is rich enough for any time or climate with too much humidity or heat. It's more something to wear for a night out, after dinner or a party.

I base the review on a 90ml bottle I have owned since July 2022.

-Elysium
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Queen of the night
Dusk, a piazza in Rome. She stands before me, the woman in the black dress. Red lips, loose hair. I approach her, kiss on the right, kiss on the left. Her eyes are shining and the sky... is the color of the bottle.
That's what I see in front of me when I smell this fragrance, put it on. Good perfumes are like doors to other worlds. And this one is a damn good one. Chapeau Zara, chapeau Jo Malone. A masterful oud, smoky and floral at the same time. Absolutely elegant.

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KraemdonKraemdon 3 months ago
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Lovely take on rose/oud without relying 2 much on rose. Recommended for those wanting to dip their toes in the world of oud. Opulent & rich
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ElysiumElysium 4 months ago
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It's like a meditative incense stick. When you spritz it, it fills the room with a mysterious, soothing, and calming aroma of smoky rosy oud
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PedroCabralPedroCabral 11 months ago
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Excellent projection and fixation, just one spray and it dominates the environment. Perfect for those looking for a very striking oud scent.
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