Here on the Posse and on other blogs we’ve often discussed our nemeses: fragrance notes that we dislike, or notes that dislike us. 😉 Notes that send us running for the hills ( and the liquid Tide). Notes that make us want to attach a clothespin to our noses. Notes that make us want to detach our arm from our bodies for several hours. Cumin and oud top that list for me (and Ambroxan or whatever that was in Byredo’s M/ink). But awhile back, someone sent me a sample of Creed’s Royal Oud along with some other fragrances.
Not sure what made me try it, as I usually steer well clear of anything with oud in it, let alone in the name; maybe I was feeling unusually adventurous that day or just not paying close attention. But whatever the reason, I barely touched the sample dabber to my wrist. To my surprise, no wallop of oud popped me on the nose, but instead a warm, woody, sexy vibe wafted up, creamy and subtle with no jarring elements. Not a lot of development, twists or turns, but simply a smooth, delicious ride throughout that I’m happy to enjoy for as long as it lasts.
Perhaps all the other notes combined to tamp down the oud, or maybe there is such an minute amount of oud in there as to be invisible. Either way, it was a winner for me.
Notes from Fragrantica: Lemon, pink berry, bergamot, cedar, galbanum, angelica root, regal Indian oud, sandalwood and Tonkin musk.
Now all of you oud experts/connoisseurs out there may be shaking your heads at me, saying, “Oh, man! That’s not a real oud,” or “There’s no oud in there,” or some such thing.
Well, that may be. But it’s still something, at least for me. Royal Oud wouldn’t be out of place in Tom Ford’s stable of scents and seems like it could be a cousin to one of the Noirs he has. I really, really like this and think it would smell wonderful on a guy as well, as it does tend to skew pretty unisex. I know I would love to sniff it on DH and may just have to sneak a little on him right before our upcoming anniversary dinner — it’s that yummy!
Now you might be expecting me to say that this will open my eyes to oud, broaden my horizons, etc. But I have to say, I doubt it. I’ll still most likely avoid anything with “oud” in the name. So I’ll just bow out gracefully, be thankful that I enjoy this and call it a day.
What about you? Have you made peace with a note nemesis? Have you found a scent containing it that you can wear and enjoy?