Hi there Posse! Today I’m going to go with a fragrance gifted to me by one of my besties, Alice, way back in 2012 or 2013. She had been home to England and gone to Selfridge & Co to search me out a brand new scent, hopefully from a company I’d not heard of or written about. It was all to be a big surprise. WHAT a surprise!!
The Aoud by Mancera
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Clove, White pepper, Cinnamon
Heart: Geranium leaf, Rose, Saffron
Base: Leather, Oud, Smoky woods, Sandalwood, White musk, Cedar
The 60ml bottle is hefty and simple. Fits beautifully in my hand and the screw cap is a nice touch; meaning the bottle is gym bag ready without the worry of cap loss.
I love the opening medicinal notes. The oudh is noticeable right at the start as a warm, earthy, horse apple, green and grassy waft that lasts through the fragrance but it’s not toxic or heavy like many of the Arabian style of oudh. It is airy and fresh. The geranium adding a bright counterpoint and the sandalwood giving its buttery smoothness almost immediately. Oudh, geranium and sandalwood are triumphant kings through the story of this fragrance for me, their characters working in tandem and against each other to keep The Aoud interesting and unusual.
Though rose is a featured note it doesn’t play heavily for me, more a light accompaniment with the leather, saffron and incense. Through the heart there is a lovely salty beach/sea water smell that I think may be The Aoud’s ambergris.
A fragrance of light and shade. Far from cliched; even with the completely overwhelming amount of oudh on the market this is different and extremely wearable. The Aoud has good sillage but is not a skunker unless you are extremely lavish with your application.Especially after the initial fireworks die down.
The Aoud by Mancera has the kind of freshness about it that makes me think of a sea journey and the ever present smell of salt water on the cool breeze, but on the deck it would be all warm woods and leather seats.
Surrender To Chance has a range of Mancera Samples.
So what is your Oudh?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies