Graines Vagabondes - Shams Oud
Shams
2011

Graines Vagabondes - Shams Oud / Shams by Memo Paris
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Graines Vagabondes - Shams Oud is a popular perfume by Memo Paris for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is smoky-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still available to purchase.
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Main accords

Smoky
Spicy
Woody
Resinous
Oriental

Fragrance Notes

PepperPepper RoseRose GingerGinger SaffronSaffron CypriolCypriol CashmeranCashmeran Tonka beanTonka bean Tolu balm absoluteTolu balm absolute Styrax absoluteStyrax absolute Labdanum absoluteLabdanum absolute OudOud

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Ratings
Scent
7.8137 Ratings
Longevity
8.3108 Ratings
Sillage
7.8115 Ratings
Bottle
8.0116 Ratings
Value for money
6.618 Ratings
Submitted by TrueBlood, last update on 05.11.2022.
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3 in-depth fragrance descriptions
Kevinoud6969

14 Reviews
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Kevinoud6969
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Strong
Shams does something I thought was unique to Royal Oud by Creed, in that the oud treads lightly, looming over the rest of the composition. Shams leans more toward the spices and away from the sandy desert quality of Royal Oud, but they're both very dry fragrances with high quality ingredients. I find Shams to be softer, warmer and more casual.
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ScentedSalon

96 Reviews
ScentedSalon
ScentedSalon
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Barnyard
Strong barnyard oud bordering on medicinal. Reminds me a lot of the horrible Dorin Oud. The other notes really do not make an entrance. They are very much in the background. Sillage and lasting power are soft.
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7.5
Bottle
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Longevity
7
Scent
Dolby

68 Reviews
Dolby
Dolby
Helpful Review 6  
Drumroll ... Just for once, it's good to be a Shams.
Shams is the Arabic word for “Sun”.
I guess it makes perfect sense since this fragrance is all about hot and spicy ingredients, mingling together to form a rather attractive masculine.
My friend K had been insisting so much that I test it that I decided to keep it for last.
Not in any way to be awkward, but simply because I was having such an underwhelming experience with the house's offerings that I chanced on the opportunity to perhaps keep the best for last.
Sorry about the wait K xx

The first thing to hit is an energising burst of black pepper nicely supported in its piquancy by a touch of ginger.
It soon goes away and is seamlessly replaced by a complex and wet woody aroma, reminiscent of the cool and pungent undergrowth of a forest during its autumnal phase.

What I specifically enjoy is the unusual choice of incense note here, namely Russian Paper (and not papyrus).
I suspect (and hope I’m not wrong) that it is another name for Papier d’Armenie, a very traditional air purifying method born in the late 19th century whereby a piece of paper soaked in styrax and benzoin and left to dry would be set alight and left to burn out.
Oddly enough, the resulting odour would be a strange mix of charred smoky paper and dusty incense.

Shams could have quickly descended into a potentially problematic stuffy and linear vibe caused by a measurable dose of the above, but thankfully, it is alleviated by the grounding multi-facetted addition of Oud.

Probably wouldn’t wear it, but certainly interesting and I can imagine, rather lush on the right man.

One word to you Memo: Alleluia!
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BosoneBosone 3 months ago
Don’t like oud. Too musty and heavy dusty.
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