Every now and again I get in a conversation with a fellow perfume fan about how much a fragrance is “worth,” when someone’s trying to make a decision about whether to buy something spendy. One answer is: it’s worth whatever you’re willing to pay if you have to have it. This was on my mind as I smelled the new Trish McEvoy Precious Oud eau de parfum — at $100 for 5ml. update — 6ml. .02 ozs. = 6ml. See, my math skills DO suck. Thanks to Carol S. for catching my error.
I don’t buy enough expensive bottles to come up with a comparison off the top of my head, but … per ml, isn’t that putting us close to JAR territory?
From the Nordstrom website: “Precious Oud, the mysterious, provocative fragrance by Trish McEvoy, is an intoxicating blend of oud essence infused with incense, patchouli, natural sandalwood, rose, musk and amber. Like every piece in Trish McEvoy’s unique fragrance wardrobe, Precious Oud can be layered with any Trish fragrance for an array of spellbinding, customized scents.”
First off – forget the word oud. If you’re an oud lover, this would totally disappoint. I can’t smell any oud in there at all, really. It’s a nice addition to the blended-incense category. I thought it was more like Norma Kamali Ceremony, but Ceremony is much more resin and turpentine at the top. Precious Oud also reminded me a bit of Matthew Williamson Incense — the original with the saffron, not last year’s much different reissue (pause for mournful silence.) It’s got that creamy seamlessness; the woods are muted, the rose adding generic sweetness. It does remind me of another incense, but I can’t find it in a quick browse of my samples — not the Annayakes, or the CdG. Ceremony loses its turpentine top and gets closer to the McEvoy in the drydown, so maybe that’s what I’m thinking of. Ceremony is a steal at $80 for 100ml.
Or maybe the Heeley Cardinal? I found my sample of Cardinal, and that isn’t it either — Cardinal is sweeter, although the notes aren’t that different – incense, cistus, grey amber, patchouli, vetiver. Cardinal is also $148 for 100ml, making it another bargain compared to Precious Oud.
If anyone has smelled Precious Oud and thinks it’s a ringer for something else, please comment. (Actually … maybe it’s my Black Cashmere hand lotion this is reminding me of, I need to dig that up, speaking of another thing way cheaper than Precious Oud.) I am sure the McEvoy marketing machine could give us some data about super-expensive raw ingredients used to make Precious Oud, and for something that comes in a rollerball it has excellent staying power and sillage. Honestly, it’s very pretty — creamy and dense and rich and lightly sweet, and and at anything less than $50 I’d probably have skipped the math and bought it.
Seriously, am I doing this math right? You can get an ounce of Guerlain parfum for $300. An ounce is 30(ish) ml, right? That’s $10 per ml. So 5ml is $50, which is … still half what Trish wants for her Precious Oud. Um. Never mind. Buy the Guerlain. Actually, buy 5ml of Le Labo Poivre 23 as a decant and spend the other $40 on lipstick. Or a nice lunch. Whatever makes you happy.