Oud and Dior Privée – a truly animalic experience. Leather Oud, the other oud scent in the Collection Privée, evoked the animal in me and Oud Ispahan, a supposedly softer pairing of oud and rose means the animal is back, with a vengeance.
Oud Ispahan was created by Francois Demachy in 2012. Notes include labdanum, patchouli, sandalwood, rose and agarwood (oud).
Oud Ispahan is an excellent perfume. I state this right away, because I believe this is a very well balanced, beautifully constructed perfume, that is not reinventing the wheel of course (how could it? the genre is surely well populated already), but bringing an interesting and intriguing rendition of a well-known theme to the market. It is just that I cannot wear it, and that is a huge disappointment for me. I was all set to love and invest in Oud Ispahan, but unfortunately it is not meant to be…
Oud Ispahan opens slightly harsh and medicinal, but then a beautiful, no an exceptional rose note takes center stage. It sings an aria like a diva accompanied by a well-tuned woody orchestra.
For the first hour wearing it is pure delight. Then the animals take over…
It is a classic case of “It’s not you, it’s me!”. My skin seems to amplify the animalic notes in here to an extent that is not bearable for me and I would not want my environs to encounter me like this.
Lady Jane Grey, my local sounding board and reality check, gets no barnyard whatsoever and swoons over the rose the whole time. No sweat, diaper and cow shed associations for her (the lucky woman!).
Maybe I’m done with oud for now. Maybe I’m just happy with oud in the cold season. For now, in any case, my sample of Oud Ispahan is locked away in a plastic baggy and two wooden boxes.
It is safe there, and so am I.