Aftelier Oud Luban Parfum Extrait is an oil-based version of the limited edition solid perfume that was available in the 2011 holiday season. This is a perfume of “highs and lows” meaning that it lacks middle notes.
Oud Luban opens with the juiciest blood orange and terpenious resins. Oud Luban is interesting. Up close it smells of the world’s juiciest orange mixed with orange marmalade, from a distance I get an amazing melange of real ouds and resins. It reminds me of Georgia O’Keeffe’s precisionist flowers. From a distance flowers are colorful, beautiful. Up close they are slightly terrifying but beautifully mesmerizing. Oud Luban morphs into a sweet benzoin and earthy patchouli.
Oud Luban is “high and low”. From a distance it is a juicy citrus that is gamboge in color. Up close it is a smoky, earthy choya and patchouli that is dark and indigo in color.
Notes listed include elemi, orange terpenes, blood orange, frankincense, oud, opopanax, choya ral, benzoin and aged patchouli. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Mandy Aftel
Give Oud Luban a try if you are looking for a bright/dark perfume. Or if you like perfumes like Atelier Orange Sanguine, Diptyque L’Eau de Tarocco, Anya’s Garden Temple, Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot and/or Strange Invisible Perfumes Fire & Cream. This list is all over the place but they have middle notes. Oud Luban is different.
Oud Luban has average projection and below average longevity for a parfum; however, for a natural perfume I suppose this is average.
The 1/4 oz parfum retails for $195 at Aftelier. Smaller sizes and samples are also available.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Blood orange oud. It really is a perfume of highs and lows.
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