Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Velvet Mood Perfume Extrait Review

Kurkdjian Oud Velvet Mood

She wore Oud Velvet….

Oud Velvet Mood is one of the ouds by Maison Francis Kurkdjian that is meant to represent “textures”. Now this line is rather pricey, but I do think they are well done. They do display the “textures” of oud. And they’re weird but so is fungal infected wood.

Oud Velvet Mood opens with a cool sharpness that reminds me of varnish. In the fragrance world, this is what we’d call “medicinal”. It reminds me of a mix of motor oil, rubber, metal, automobile exhaust and cement. It’s like oud in the urban jungle…like an urban oud. An oud in the city…With time, Oud Velvet Mood does get “softer” and warmer with saffron steamed milk, dry/spicy cinnamon and traces of that motor oil that was present in the opening. The MFK Ouds are extremely long-wearing. This one dries down to a soft, velvety and warm woodsy fragrance with notes that remind me of leather.

Naomi Sims

Notes listed include saffron, Ceylon cinnamon, oud and capahu balm. Launched 2013. PERFUMER – Francis Kurkdjian

Give Oud Velvet Mood a try if you like oud. Or if you like perfumes like By Kilian Pure Oud, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Cashmere Mood, Xerjoff Gao, Tom Ford Oud Wood and/or Atelier Cologne Gold Leather. It’s unisex but it does lean more masculine.

Projection and longevity are above average. And it has major sillage.

The 2.4 oz retails for $375 at Parfumerie Nasreen. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONUrban oud. It reminds me of motor oil, rubber and cement but then it takes a turn. It turns into a thick, warm and woodsy, yes, velvety, fragrance.

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6 thoughts on “Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Velvet Mood Perfume Extrait Review

  1. capahu is just another name for copaiba… which is indeed used in the varnish industry. it’s also used in many folk and pharmacological remedies.

    Oud naturally contains saffron and cinnamon notes, which makes this one sound intensely OUD. (i don’t know, i have not experienced it.) i also wonder what the percentage of naturals here is? (clearly, one is paying a hefty price for the brand, although saffron and oud- if indeed botanical- are quite pricey themselves.)

    a city oud. i love the description! and i love the pic of Naomi… beautiful girl.

    1. Ahh, very interesting.

      Oud is one of those “I can be ANYTHING” sort of notes. I don’t have enough experience with the “raw” stuff, too darn expensive so I stayed away, but I have sniffed a few (owned by others) and there is so much variation. Like you said, it can be spicy. But, it can “musty”, woodsy and even mustard-y. It’s crazy.

      I really don’t know and I’m not confident enough in my abilities to determine if it is real/synth in this. It is very pricey so I do hope that it has “top shelf” ingredients in it. Nasreen has the line so if you’re ever there, try it. It’s a really oudy-oud line.

      Naomi is a goddess. And I love this pic, so subdued but she *knows* she’s going to take over the world.

  2. I am one of those trendy oud people – but I can’t help it, I just love sampling all the different kinds of ouds (just checked your post on Cashmere Mood and I think I will skip that one). My favorite ones are the weird ones so I have quite a few “cheapie” brands from Arabia. But, now, you made this “urban oud” sound fascinating. Especially because I love the smell of machine shops and auto shops. There is no way in Hell I could ever afford this but I will have to get a sample! A new one to explore – thanks!

    PS the saffron part sounds good too

    1. I’ve always stayed away from them because it’s a slippery slope! I figured I can’t really afford them so I should stay away πŸ™‚

      This one is worth sampling IMO because it is weird and oud-y. Personally, I liked “industrial” notes too and this is a great mix of industrial/natural. It is like an oud in a machine shop!

      It’s costly but samples are available. Plus it’s an extrait so you don’t need much at all.

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