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By Kilian Rose Oud EDP Perfume Review

I had to try By Kilian Rose Oud because I am an oud fan. Plus, I like roses. And I like luxury. Kilian Rose Oud EDP is a nice fragrance but it is much heavier on the rose than it is the oud. This scent comes across as a gourmand oud rose scent.  But, somehow I love it and I’m trying to talk myself out of the love because of the price-point!

By Kilian Rose Oud is in The Arabian Nights Collection. It’s one of five fragrances inspired by Arabia and the historical fragrance notes/essential oils used in Middle Eastern perfume. I love rich Middle Eastern fragrance oils. My fragrance collection contains many unmarked, plain bottles of essential oils from Persian markets and extravagant, gilded unmarked vials of rich Middle Eastern oil blends from family members. Genetically, I’m supposed to swoon over rose attar, musk, and woods. And I do. I see this Arabian Nights Collection as a modern-day Orientalism movement. Persia is seen as very exotic, mysterious, and sultry. It’s seen as “Eastern” again. This makes me happy for some reason. As a collector of Orientalism paper goods  from the late 1800’s to the 1940’s (pulps, theatre/movie posters, stage actor autographs, and perfume/cosmetic ads), I kind of like this perfume revival. It’s another trend that’s back again. -Oh, and the fragrance company Montale is all about this as well and I just read that Comptoir Sud Pacifique even has an oud collection. – Since I love oud/agarwood, this is a good thing. Give me Orientalist inspired fragrances!

The fragrance: At first I get both the oud and the rose. It is very sensuous. It’s sniffs like incense: woods with rose. This rose is not that “proper” rose. It’s more green and dewy with the warm smoky incense. How is something both green and smoky? Sometimes at this “top” stage, I get a smooth leather. I don’t know if it is actually “there” or the rose and oud together remind me of or give me the sense of new, smooth, leather goods.

The rose is fresh and delicate. It is sweet. The scent gets a bit “jammy”. The rose in this blend is very much Turkish rose. It has it all (greenness, wetness, honey-like sweetness). It smells of rich honeyed roses with a delicate dash of cardamom. This smells wonderful and would make for nice ingredients in a desert. It’s also very red wine-ish. It’s rich and smells of stone fruits with a teeny amount of chocolate. So, this is a killer honeyed rose dessert with a glass of red wine. However, throughout the wear you get lots of woods and smoke. The woods never leave the scent. The oud is smoky, woodsy, and earthy. At times when I wear this I pick up on truffle (mushroom). It has that kind of gourmand earthiness attached to the smoke.

The dry-down is warm. It smells a bit beeswax-ish and vanilla-ish  after all-day wear. This fragrance wears on me for many, many hours. This is is wonderful thing since I love the fragrance.

Theda Bara in a peacock gown
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It is a very luxurious fragrance. It wears nicely and it has staying power. That being said, I don’t know if it is worth the $345 price tag. I have sniffed far more interesting items in that price range. I could get 3 very interesting bottles of perfume for a bottle of Rose Oud. But, that being said. It’s the luxury fragrance market, so we know what we’re doing. We’re grownups. And don’t get me wrong,  I do really love it. Shh…I’m just trying to talk myself out of buying a bottle! I went through the sample my husband bought me…and I’m thinking of buying another sample. Then I’ll decide. I don’t think I’m going to be able to talk myself out of this one. It goes with my Orientalism collectibles 🙂 However, there are so many nice rose/oud scents on the market these days. I haven’t tried them all and I may find one that I love more or the same for under $200. I just don’t know if I can justify this as being “unusual” enough to spend the dough on. I most likely have something in an unlabeled gold vial that smells about the same. And if you have any suggestions, please share.

The 1st few times I wore this I really thought of this is a “rose” fragrance since it’s jammy, sweet, green, floral. But, after trying it a few more times, I can see oud lovers and those that like smoky, woods scents liking this one. In fact, the smoky “darkness” and the gourmand notes may make rose lovers dislike this scent. I wouldn’t call this a “gothic” rose but it does have lots of incense smoke and earth. A rose enthusiast may think of this as a little “witchy”. I also see this is a unisex scent. I think it would be quite handsome on a man, a bit unexpected.

Notes listed include: Turkish rose, oud, saffron, and cardamom.

Give this a try if you like smoky/incense scents. Or if you like one of the many rose/oud kind of scents out there such as Le Labo Rose 31 EDP, Czech & Speake Dark Rose Cologne, Montale Oud Queen Roses EDP & Black Oud, etc., 10 Corso Como EDP, Amouage Tribute Attar Perfume Oil, Juliette Has A Gun Midnight Oud EDP, and you get the point. Oud is the “it” thing in the “niche” world. It’s like the olive oil of the fragrance world. It just adds a richness to any blend.

It retails for $395 for 50 mL. It can be purchased at luckyscent.com and MiN. I hope you can suggest another rose/oud scent for me. I should be saving up for a sofa instead of a perfume!

15 thoughts on “By Kilian Rose Oud EDP Perfume Review

  1. This sounds absolutly divine. It’s the polar opposite of the scents I am craving right now (green!) but I really want to smell it.

    Your descriptions of the scent were so vivid, I imagined what the scent would smell like..in my mind, it was knock me out stunning.
    I understand how a sofa is a priority tho’..my husband mentioned one he saw on sale while I was searching for perfumes online LOL

    1. You know, I’m craving green too! I know I should want darker, resiny scents, but I want dewy green or herbaceous scents. It’s been sunny and beautiful for days. It’s tricking me!
      It really is a pretty scent. You should try it and let me know what you think.
      Here’s the deal with the sofa: I don’t need one, I want one. We have one that I dislike in our “new” house. It’s hard to prioritize when we have one that is fine but I find too dumpy and the scale is all wrong for a 30’s home. I’m so picky that it is becoming a bit of a joke. I wish I could find one at all…and on sale!

  2. I agree. Your description is beautiful, very sensual. I want to try this. But, I’m scared I’m going to love it to! I don’t want to pay $400 for a fragrance!

    1. Thanks. I know! It is an awful feeling to fall in love with something in this price range. I guess if you only wear one fragrance, it isn’t so bad. But, if you are like me and wear many, then it feels a bit silly to buy a bottle.

  3. Luxury in a bottle? I love all of the notes listed. I haven’t tried any By Kilian perfumes because of the retail price. That’s pushes me away from them because I’d rather not fall in love with something that I can’t afford!

    1. I totally know what you mean. It’s a bit intimidating. First, it raises you expectations so it better be good, right? And then if it is good, it feels unattainable!

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