YoooHoo! Posse! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies in the posse today and we are talking the most ubiquitous 21st century fragrance trend, OUDH. Love it or hate it oudh is here to stay. Coming from Asia and the Middle East, oudh is the offspring of Aquilaria trees that are infected with a certain mould that eats away at the wood. Once a tree is infected it turns a dark colour and resins form to fight the mould. The mould, wood and resins when farmed are turned into chips or incense which creates a beautiful scent to the smoke as it burns, or to oils which go to make fragrance. As most of the wood has been over farmed and is threatened with extinction the fragrance industry has turned to chemistry to recreate the multi faceted fragrances of oudh.
Accord Oud by Byredo 2010
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Blackberries, saffron, rum
Heart: Leather, oudh, clary sage
Base: Patchouli, powder, musk
I have smelled a couple of the very expensive real deal oudhs and they are as confronting, outrageous and interesting as all that you’ve heard. The synthetic recreations are quite different but both are equally valid in fragrance and many of the synthetic based oudhs are extremely beautiful, wearable and much less of a challenge. I’m cool with that.
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In Accord Oud we open to a lovely bright and boozy fruity cocktail in a very chi-chi polo saddlery and stable. People are drinking, laughing, mingling in the beautiful fresh made leather saddles. Loads of horsey Hannahs braying loudly in their designer casuals and navy blazered, chino wearing Ruperts are drinking beer and trying not to step in horse apples. That sweet honeyed after smell of fresh hay and old urine wafts around everything and some old hippy is literally drenched in patchouli oil. It’s probably one of the Jills and Jonahs who are stable hands, either in their gap year or living a sea change. Accord Oud is all this and a little bit of raunch as well, perhaps the party is played out and two of the guests end up in a tryst. A happy, hungry, drunken lovemaking filled with passion, patchouli oil and booze.
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If you wondered about oudh and wanted to try one that’s not too in your face, a soft focus, very well mannered oudh that only hints at shit and band aids then Accord Oud could be the one to try. Actually, I think it could be one of the most wearable Byredo fragrances. It’s modern and lovely with a nod to exotic from across the dance floor, or even library.
What is your oudh?