That I had to try Amber Oud the second I could, was a no-brainer. I have a reputation* to live up to after all.
I have a list for this year’s perfume purchases, there are twelve items on it, one for every month, all subject to change of course. Amber Oud has been on this list from January 1, although I hadn’t smelled it of course. I thought it would be better to figure it into my projected expenses for the coming year, since a perfume from Kilian is always dangerous, but one with amber in the name, is a definite threat. It is always easier to take it off the list again, than having to find a way to put it on later.
That was good thinking, it turns out, because there is no way I am taking it off that list again. Amber Oud is what I expected, no hoped, it would be – perfect.
Perfect in the luxurious, elegant and highly refined Kilian way. Amber Oud is a perfect synergy of my favorite note in perfumery and the dedicated work of a perfume visionary.
Notes include amber, oud, bay leaf, cedarwood and vanilla and was created by Calice Becker in 2011.
The opening of Amber Oud is very sharp, harsh almost and the oud is at its most medicinal. I don’t care all that much for this stage, but before disappointment can even begin to settle in, Amber Oud starts to develop and change. Smoky benzoin and a herbal amber accord reminiscent of Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, but a lot softer and more restrained, appears and slowly evolves more and more towards a soft sweetness, like a cushion, of amber and vanilla. An underpinning of wood stays throughout, so despite the sweetness and tenderness, Amber Oud retains a wooden skeleton that keeps the shape intact, that gives needed structure to a fluffy soft cloud.
Once fully developed on my skin, about a half hour in, Amber Oud is pure pleasure. I have a hard time keeping an appropriate distance from were I applied it, but attempt to, so as to not look like an idiot in public, who nozzles her wrists and rolls her eyes.
Amber Oud is an intimate perfume. For me it evokes a closeness, a shared space, it propels you closer, it draws you in. Amber Oud is incredibly sensual and hits all my buttons.
Amber Oud is one of those perfumes that cut through all my defenses and get to me, get right to my core, touch me, make me vulnerable yet strong, at the same time.
There is no ambiguity. There is not thinking involved. There are no circumstances to be considered. There is only this moment. This passion. This desire.