- It's... Warm... it's got... Berries... Like a Strawberry Blueberry hybrid, but... not freshly cut ones. It's almost exactly like... A warm "Mixed Berry"Poptart, straight outta the toaster, that you spit open with your hands, and smell the warm strawberry filling.
- Next, there is also something like... Warm Graham Crackers, or Pie Crust. Both, really...
- There is also a distinct hint of... Olives... (Not black though, but the Green or Brown ones, they often have in fancy salad bars, or in jars.) Salty, Pungent.
- I also get a note of... the smell of the "sticky side" of Duct Tape - as odd as that sounds...
- Also, something else, but... it isn't strictly a, "Smell" per se, but, more of a sensation, or a vision that occurs. It's something like... "Effervescence"... like... something foamy or bubbling. Like... the tickling prickling noise, as well as sensation, of millions of tiny bubbles rising up and popping, like sticking your nose down in a wine glass with some fruity bubbly champagne, and it tickles your nose, as well as your brain.
- There's also a thick, sweet, saccharine smell, slightly, "Winey" or "Boozy" that you often get with Benzoin extracts
- Also... Wet grey stone, like a pile of clean gravel, that's been rained on.
- A light, or, "watered down" Patchouli... (But it's very faint, and it seems to only show up during the drydown.)
- The "colors" of the smell, strike me as: Pink, Purple, Brown, and Blue.
- A bit of Chocolate, but... Like the smell of the foil wrapper around chocolate, after it has melted in your pocket, and stuck to it - then it dries out, and you smell the wrapper later. Like that.
This would be excellent in a Gourmand. Definitely like... "The warm smell of pastries, berry pies and olives in the air". Definitely full of good sweet kitchen smells.
- And lastly... as it dries down... Faint hints of... pipe tobacco? and... well...
There's also this other... rather odd component... (to some people anyway)
- Imagine that, AFTER you've brushed your teeth, and have a clean mouth, you licked the back of your arm. Then, several minutes later, after it has dried, you smell it. If your mouth is clean and healthy, I wouldn't say it necessarily smells, "Bad" just very... "Human". A damp sticky breathy quality. And depending on your preferences, some people don't mind that in a fragrance... *shrugs*
Anyway, that's all I have to say about the Fragrance as it stands now, however...
Oud is always incredibly fascinating in perfumery, because... It never quite seems to do exactly what you think it will, or what you expect it to... What I mean is, it can be very, "Chameleon-Like" when added to other oils to create a blend.
For example, if you added Lavender to something, you could safely expect it to make your scent, well, more Lavender-y. But Oud? No. Not so easy to anticipate. It has too much nuance. Too much complexity on it's own to really nail it down completely.
However, this is why Oud is so much fun to own and play around with! And I think if you haven't used it before, that this small vial of Oud Blend would be perfect for some initial experimentation, and at a low cost, so you won't be deterred by a larger price tag!
Try it out! I doubt you'll be disappointed!
Smells nice. Peaceful vibes. Reminiscent of frankincense. I heard Brother Ali talking about it on his podcast
this is the oil that introduced me to and helped me become obsessed with oud oil. for the price you absolutely can't beat it!