I am no Oud fan. Never was, never will be. There is no love lost between me and Oud. It may be the hottest note “evah” – I don’t care and I don’t see the fuss, to tell you the truth.
But before we all indulge in The Body Shop Oud Body Butter or Britney Spears Oud Loud or something, I thought I would take a look, try all the Oud samples I have amassed rather involuntary and then be done with it.
Dee kindly sent me a decant of Bond N°9 New York Oud with the label saying: “If you don’t like this Oud, you don’t like any Oud.” Well, that is a good thing. Try one, you know it all.
So, with some trepidation, I sprayed it on my hand.
What do you all think? Do I like Bond N°9 New York Oud?
NOOOO! No, I really don’t. Oud smells, harsh, screechy, it burns and tingles in my nose and seems always loud and aggressive to me.
Maybe if Andy Tauer made an Oud-dominant scent? Maybe there is a reason he doesn’t. Or Mandy Aftel? Maybe she doesn’t like Oud either? The note or the ubiquity of the synthetic version?
For me there are two kinds of Oud – the tolerable ones and the intolerable ones. It does not get better than that, sorry.
Okay let’s have a look at my samples:
Byredo Accord Oud – falls into the tolerable category, a nice sweet woody blend, that would be really lovely if it weren’t for the scratchy nose tingling presence of Oud.
Byredo Oud Imortel – oh my, this is immortal indeed, no amount of scrubbing will rid me of the plastic-y, oud-y fist that punches me out in under five seconds.
Tom Ford Oud Wood – tenacious and - you guessed it – too oud-y woody. Aside from the rather longwearing citrus opening, I am not convinced.
Montale Oud Velvet – I had the least expectations about this one, Montale being notorious for its strong, in your face perfumes. But astoundingly this was the one I liked best. The Oud is smoother, velvet being a fitting description indeed, not so scratchy, not so rough and tingly. This is a dark green scent in my mind, I smell more pine than Oud. This is just fine. (I have to say I only dabbed this one, there may be a difference if sprayed!)
All those perfumes unites one element, I can’t find it in me to like – Oud. I guess they would be great perfumes if it weren’t for this one note. But that would rather miss the point then. ;)
As it is long clear to the astute reader, this is definitely no definitive post in any respect. Just my little nod to Oud, and a not very successful nod at that.
What about you? Is there a note you do not like, despite your best efforts? What do you think of Oud and its ubiquity? Are you a fan?
Now, may I please get rid of the overwhelming Bond on my hand? ;)
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