Juliette Has A Gun Midnight Oud is one of those fragrances that claims to be an oud, but it is really a rose-leather. And this isn’t a bad thing! Why are some fragrances ashamed of who they really are?
Midnight Oud wears linear on me but I like it. The opening is different than other rose-ouds I’m familiar with. It’s the same theme of rich saffron, smooth woods, and “new” leather except there is this “sharp” rose geranium. This rose is crisp, reminding me of the rose used in many masculines. The oud in Midnight Oud is smooottthhh like butt-ah. It isn’t medicinal; it’s soft and very approachable. It reminds me of new leather, not a black leather, but a new beige or camel leather (not that they smell different, it’s just that the leather doesn’t seem “black”). With some time, the rose gets jammy, reminding me Kilian Rose Oud, a decadent and sticky rose, a “black” rose. Oh, the saffron is there and it is good. My skin loves saffron, making Midnight Oud work for me. The gourmand rose and saffron melds wonderfully with the leather accord. The dry-down is incense-like with soft amber and woods. When I wear it, I feel very va-va-voom. It’s a fairly linear scent but long-wearing. A little spray or a few dabs go far.
Notes listed include Morrocan rose, geranium, saffron, oud note, patchouli, sandalwood, amber, and animalic musks.
The 3.4 oz. EDP of Midnight Oud retails for $135 and is available at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Not the most interesting rose-leather on the market, but I like it. This is something that if I owned, I’d wear it frequently. Gives me my “Kilian” fix at a lower price point. And it isn’t as masculine as something like Knize 10. JHaG Midnight Oud is a very “me” fragrance. I wouldn’t mind owning a bottle (not wild about the gold bottle though, doesn’t look good in person).
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