Berdoues Oud Al Sahraa
A gentler oud option, this cologne offers a subtle glimpse of the endless dynamism of oud. Italian mandarin is an uplifting, sweet accent that is mirrored by tangy, weightier myrrh. A perfect first meeting with its namesake note, Oud Al Sahrra intrigues and entices. A great first date in your burgeoning oud romance.
Comme des Garcons Wonderwood
By far the sleekest, most futuristic oud of this bunch, Wonderwood is a taut, intelligent scent that is also fantastical: a forest where every wood and green differs, this scent is seemingly devoid of the usual padding (musks, florals, and any customary citric kickstarters are not visible in Wonderwood). Oud is just one of several fabulous woods herein, a refreshing casting choice for this note that so often is the show stealing star. Wonderwood is an austere beauty.
Beaufort London East India
A wild romp through colonial imaginings, Vi et Armis is a voracious scent that’s mouth-wateringly sweet and sour. A tannic tango is born out of tea leaves steeped in whiskey, and the clamor of additional notes ensures oud never individually overpowers: instead, it’s a lactic, funky component that’s remarkably grounding amidst this smoky, explosively tangy fragrance. A veritable battle of clashing components, East India demonstrates a classic romantic principle: opposites attract.
Polished and intricately detailed as mosaic inlay. A very citric spicy top contributes a considerably piquant texture that is as neatly woven as a precious rug. Yet beneath this artful pile, a loose arrangement of jasmine and rose add a sense of relaxed opulence that’s irresistible and immensely soothing. The base of Halfeti is dark and chewy, boasting an animalic flavor that’s controlled yet excitingly stinky. In this tiger-stripe-atmos, oud glows, a golden nugget that grows increasingly shiny and metallic. A bejeweled oud, this affair is tantalizingly intricate.
Nasomatto Black Afgano
An incredibly well known scent, that may–or may not–contain any oud. Black Afgano is remarkably futuristic, yet utterly wearable; like black cashmere, it goes with everything and makes one feel swell, no matter what wily, avant garde shape it’s knit into. Rich, sweet, slightly feral but polished as a round, opaque marble, Black Afgano adjusts to any and all skins (and eventually sways most noses) because it’s beauty is unique yet inarguable. This low-maintenance, high-wattage oud will make you forget your inhibitions and embrace your dream.
Within this veritable candy box of florals and resins, oud glimmers, set alight by the surrounding, sugared energy. Musk and osmanthus are peachy, and jam with jasmine. Benzoin’s buzzes into creamy vanilla. Bergamot is a spotlight, enabling us to smell oud without the saccharine influence, a rubbery nub of must apart from the surrounding glamour. Honey and caramel reinforce our sense of Mamluk as a varied, textured gourmand. A Disney-esque oud: birds sing, stars twinkle and lovers kiss. A deliciously ideal vision.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Silk Oud
Silk Oud walks the line between esoteric and comforting. A classic rose and oud, Silk Oud expands upon this theme with herbal-floral chamomile and the flinty, vibrating textures of papyrus. Initially, Silk smells like rose petals steeped in milk (a milk made from oud). As it unfolds on skin this luscious scent revels in the unusual twists and turns; while initially pourable, Silk evaporates, mid-stream, into a fine-grained powder that makes the wearer glint and shine. A rare, elegant vision, Silk Oud is as quietly powerful as a confession of love.
Amouage Jubilation Man
So smooth and seamless it’s hard to believe. Jubilation Man is a complex yet effortless wear. Definitively herbal, Jubilation Man sports a clarifying, aromatic top. In its uniquely floral heart, honey and orchid interact with celery seeds, while rose bursts open at the suggestion of clove’s camphoric intensity. A base of resins, woods and musk is a great setting for oud, which sizzles therein, a grey-green ember. Thoughtful, composed yet totally swoon-worthy, Jubilation Man gives the wearer and their recipients something to be thankful for. This oud is singular, transcendent.
Juliette Has a Gun Midnight Oud
A naughty, stinky oud. Moroccan rose is satiny, a fuschia texture. This flower is a sweet, genteel counterpoint to the powerhouse trio of oud, amber and castoreum; still, rose holds its own against this savory, dirty, intense triumvirate. Saffron helps, a metallic highlight that magnifies floral buoyancy. Geranium and patchouli affect a similar purpose, only the tart, green punch they impart softens the intensity of oud-amber-castoreum. Midnight Oud is balanced, but it’s soul is darkly playful. Perfectly suited to late night liaisons.