In By Kilian’s Arabian Nights Collection, Oud is merely a cognomen and not a hint to actually containing oud. I think Incense Oud is an excellent fragrance despite its slightly misleading surname.
Incense Oud opens with spices, a minty rose geranium and astringent cedar. The scent is dry, spicy and woody all at once. It softens with incense resins, “fruity” spices (like pink peppercorn and cardamom) and a “fruity” rose. It’s one of those incenses that I enjoy. Soft and powdery instead of sharp and acrid. The dry down of Incense Oud has never been easy for me to explain. It’s almost “fizzy” or aldehydic yet milky and smooth – reminding me of décolletage adorned with jewels. I’m not saying that this scent does or doesn’t contain oud. What I’m saying is that it’s not really noticeable (especially in comparison to the others by the house). This is more of a spicy cedar-rose incense sort of fragrance on my skin.
Every single time I wear this perfume out, I receive compliments. This is weird for me because I rarely receive compliments on perfume. But, when I wear this one, it never fails. Someone mentions how much they like it. Compliments don’t matter to me as I wear perfume for myself. But, I do admit that the extra attention has been nice.
Notes listed include cardamom, pink pepper, Turkish rose, geranium, grapefruit, Virginian cedarwood, Indonesian patchouli, papyrus, Somalian incense, sandalwood, oakmoss, cistus labdanum and musks. Launched 2011. PERFUMER – Sidonie Lancesseur
Give Incense Oud a try if you like rose incense fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Fleur, Amouage Lyric for Men, Penhaligon’s Elixir and/or Bond No. 9 Silver Factory. It’s a unisex fragrance.
Incense Oud has above average projection and longevity. (This is why I probably get compliments, it’s noticeable).
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $395 at Luckyscent. Refills and samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Cedar rose incense. I like the way it smells and apparently so do other people. But, I just can’t with that price.
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