Hi there Posse, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and today I am thinking winter. Yes it’s holiday season and I am luckily jet setting off to the freezing climes of Europe. My mind has been pretty full of organising stuff but niggling in the background is the biggest question of them all, “What Fragrances should I take?” It’s a conundrum. So tonight I thought I’d spritz myself in JHaG’s Midnight Oud, on a hot summer night 1am and 25C, so a bit different to my expectations of winter in Europe.
Midnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gun 2009
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Saffron, Damask rose, papyrus, bergamot
Heart: Castoreum, oud, Moroccan rose, geranium
Base: Musk, amber, sandalwood, patchouli
Midnight Oud is not hard core. It is smooth, refined, beautifully blended and wearable on most occasions. Many Oud lovers out there will turn up their noses because this doesn’t smell like barnyards, cows, tanneries, jackaroo’s jeans or any number of the beautifully nuanced ways that bloggers like to describe oud.
Love Oudh? Hate Oudh? Worried that you’ll smell like a Band-Aid, medicine or as if you’ve just rolled in horse apples. Maybe you tried an Oudh and Rose fragrance and it scared the living beJesus out of you, punched you in the nose, picked you up by the scruff of the neck and threw you to the ground? And then stayed on your skin for DAYS!! Quell Horror! Calm down, this nods elegantly and whispers of souks, harems and Ali Baba but does it with a modern and refined European sensibility.
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The opening spritz whiff is the most confronting and oudh-ish that Midnight Oud ever gets, and it is so not confronting. It is beautiful and deep and resinous and dusty with saffron & rose floating beautifully and dominantly over all. I love how deliciously wearable Midnight Oud is. There is a Blue Moon rose blooming in the front yard and it is so like the rose in Midnight Oud a spicy, citric, leather rose. YUMMY!
Though the fragrance has a story and heads sweeter in the dry down it isn’t a huge story with enormous highs and lows but one that weaves in and out of itself in small circles. Some days I get 8+ hours out of Midnight Oud and others only four but every time I enjoy the ride immensely. Interestingly on the hot summer night Midnight Oud is glorious, a perfect choice.
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Have you tried Midnight Oud or any of the Juliette Has A Gun range? When I first wrote it I wrote Juliette Has A Gnu, I always have to be careful as it became habitual.