Before we get bombarded and tired of oud scents thanks to all the launches from Dior, Caron, and yes, even Comptoir Sud Pacifique, everybody is doing it. Even B&BW played with oud towards the end of last year. I’ve promised myself that I’d start posting reviews of some of my favorite ouds before you guys “tire” of them.
I like woodsy, smoky, and “dark” fragrances. I love all of the notes listed in this fragrance. So, it makes sense that I would like Tom Ford Private Blends Oud Wood. Oud Wood is mysterious. It wears like a close haze around the skin. Women can most definitely pull this off, don’t think this is a “man’s” scent. Some may argue with me, but this is one of those scents that wears wonderfully on me, a lady. I think it’s one of the sexiest fragrances that I own. It’s a hazy, woodsy fragrance with a soft, sweet base. No florals, making this a very appealing wood. I think the lack of florals is what makes people think of this as a masculine fragrance.
Oud Wood opens up as medicinal, slightly spicy and peppery. And something in it reminds me of aged leather. (Leather isn’t listed, but it is definitely there). There’s an unusual mushroom quality to Oud Wood. I assume this is the synthetic agarwood that everyone speaks of when trying this fragrance. It’s like a mushroom wrapped in plastic in a leather satchel. It’s weird and that’s why I love it. Oud Wood comes across as synthetic, too good to be true, another reason why I like it. It feels modern and expensive. This isn’t one of those “natural” Middle Eastern smelling ouds. It wears as a haze of leathery, smoky woods with a small amount of Indian spices. The base is so beautiful. It’s woodsy with a sandalwood softness and sweet tonka bean and amber. It’s rich and sweet and the woods add some dimension. Overall, Oud Wood isn’t “loud” like other oud scents, like from Montale. This one wears “softly” on my skin. When I wear Oud Wood, I feel attractive.
I really like Oud Wood even though it’s not so “oud”. I love woodsy fragrances and the dry-down of this one is simple but it works with my chemistry. This fragrance lasts and lasts. I can smell 10 hours after wear. This is one of the few fragrances that I get compliments on when I’m out. This scent is very “me” and I think I feel confident wearing it. Perhaps that is why I get compliments?
Notes listed include rosewood, cardamom, Chinese peppper, oud wood, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean, vanilla, and amber.
Give Oud Wood a try if you like Comme de Garçons Wonderwood, Lisa Hoffman Agarwood, Le Labo Oud 27, 10 Corso Como, Byredo Accord Oud, Bvlgari Black, and/or Kilian Cruel Intentions.
And a little rant: I have mixed feelings of this oud “trend”. I love the complexity of the wood and love it in fragrance, but I don’t want it to be seen as a trend or as a note to be thrown into any ‘ole blend for a faux-luxe feel without the luxury. I want it to be debased. I’m both excited and saddened by the recent popular perfume house fascination with oud/agarwood. I feel like in the past 2 years, I’ve lost fig and oud, my two favorite notes in perfumery. I already lost my favorite, patchouli, years ago. I guess what I’m getting at is that I don’t want these notes to be seen as “faddish” and never used again for many years.
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