Welcome to EauMG, the only fragrance blog in the world that appears to dislike By Kilian Amber Oud. It has taken me forever to write this review. I doubted my dislike. Was I in a bad mood? Was the weather too cold? Too hot? Have I lost “it”? I’ve finally came to terms with that the fact that I don’t like Amber Oud and I don’t have to. Hear me out…
Amber Oud opens as a sweet benzoin and labdanum with some hot spices. It’s a spicy, clove amber with a ton of benzoin. With time, the bay starts to stand out on me. It took me a bit to identify it as bay and not cornichon/pickles. It seriously wears as cornichons on me for way too long. This “pickling spice” has ruined the perfume for me. And then I get salami. With time, Amber Oud gets better on me. It turns into a dry amber woods with creamy vanilla and some sandalwood.
Notes listed include amber, oud, bay leaf, cedarwood and vanilla. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Calice Becker
Give Amber Oud a try if you like amber. Or if you like perfumes like Profumum Ambra Aurea, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambre Precieux, The Body Shop Amber Oud, and/or Huitieme Art Myrrhiad. Amber Oud is unisex.
Projection is average. Longevity is surprisingly below average. This wears about 2 hours on me max. I have not had this issue with any other By Kilian fragrance.
The 1.7 oz EDP retails for $395 (craziness IMO) at Luckyscent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Bay leaf amber…which is like cornichons on my skin. It’s not a bad fragrance and it has many fans. But, it goes all deli in a sacred temple on my skin.
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