Hey Olfactoria’s Travels,
Today I am going to write about a crew that I have pretty much ignored through my fragrant journey so far, no reason except the line is so enormous I have found it daunting. I grabbed this decant in a Surrender To Chance Weekly Special a while ago and it has sat forlorn and unloved, till during a major cleanup recently, I opened a bag and there it was awaiting moderation. Now I wish I’d bought 10ml because this will be empty too soon and I can’t find more on the site.
Aouda by Comptoir Sud Pacifique was created in 2009.
Photo stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Rose, geranium, chamomile
Heart: Amyris, Copahue balm, cedar, Niaouli (broad-leaved paperbark), myrtle
Base: Tolu balm, patchouli
Do you ever spray things on then look at the note lists and are absolutely baffled? I have nearly used up my 5ml of Aouda and now that I come to review it and I find absolutely no traces of what I expect rose, geranium or chamomile to smell like in the opening. No, that is a lie. If I screw my nose up as if it were squinting and think rose, rose, rose I then can tell myself that I am smelling a rose but otherwise I am getting resins, wood and a friendly, clean, synthetic oudh-ish scent with a patina of patchouli. I am the first to admit that my nose smells differently to others sometimes but it doesn’t matter, I quite like what I’m getting.
Photo Stolen Wikipedia
Aouda does not smell expensive, it smells good though and better than many things which are a LOT more expensive. One thing I was expecting from a Comptoir Sud Pacifique fragrance was a gourmand which this is not in the early stages, there is no sweetness here. A scratchy, dessicated fragrance that hints at dry forests in the cool of dusk, maybe on the scrubby side near baked dry land, Aouda is a little like the Australian outback. A dry green, an interesting take on a theme I’d thought long overworked by a company that I’d dismissed. I stand corrected.
Later through the life of Aouda I get a lovely rose water tinged sweetness that reminds me of Turkish Delight, as if what should be noted at opening is too shy to come forth till around the 2 hour mark. At this point I am reminded of one of my favourite rose/oudh combination frags Midnight Oud by Juliette Has a Gun, it’s not exactly the same but there is a feeling, a remembrance. Finally Aouda turns gourmand, this is much more like my expectation and it has been a super interesting ride to get here, I am impressed.
Photo Stolen Flickr
At the 5-6 hour mark most of Aouda has gone but there is a faint sweet resinous that remains a little longer before I lose any ability to smell it. Interesting and fun, I enjoy wearing Aouda a lot and think it quirky enough to keep even a die hard perfumista interested while being easy enough to wear even at work, unless your office is completely frag phobic.
Many people seem to have Comptoir Sud Pacifique as their gateway frag house, have you tried or do you like many of their offerings? I think I might try some more in the line now, do you have suggestions for me?