The Aoud by Mancera

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 xx




Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies

matty1649 July 26, 2019

I've not been a fan of Oud, it's a bit too heavy for my taste.

Brigitte July 25, 2019

Berdoues Grand Cru Collection Oud Al Sarrhaa which is a jammy rose mhyrr number to my oud for wimps like me. But I did have a decant of MdO Oud which I really enjoyed. Today I am wearing Flux de Fleur which is gorgeous and my guess is has a bit of our in it?

Maya July 25, 2019

I got a chuckle out of your question since I'm not a fan of oudh. It did make me think. I love Areej Le Dore Indolis. It's beautiful and the oudh is very subtle. I kept thinking that there was another fragrance too and it hit me while I was typing. Ex Idolo Thirty-Three. Many people say, *been there, done that* (rose-oudh) about it, but it really works for me and puts a smile on my face.

Musette July 25, 2019

Like so many others on here, I never really had an Oudh Phase. Oudh is so polarizing, I think, in part because ERRYBODY and their mama jumped on that bandwagon and ...well, there were some cackhanded oudhs out there. For my 2 cents, I think they do best (FOR ME, YMMV) in a jammy, rosy blend. Do love some ambergris, in moderation! xoxoxo

Tara July 25, 2019

What a cool thing of Alice to do. Not easy to buy for a perfume junkie. I loved By Kilian's Rose Oud back in the day. Actually I should hunt out my decant and try it in the heat. Today the only frag I love that has oud is Santal Nabatea by Mona di Orio. Have you tried the one by Dusita? It's FILTH.

Kathleen July 25, 2019

No oudh’s For me! I went through an oudh sampling phase, and although I appreciated the perfumer’s work, oudh’s were never for me as a personal perfume choice.

MMKinPA July 25, 2019

I never had an oudh phase! I have sampled, but mostly things that came to me in swaps or giveaways (so never a researched choice) and I found everything so heavy. I’m sure there is one out there I would enjoy but I haven’t felt compelled to seek it out.

Tara C July 25, 2019

I went through an oud phase but it’s completely over and I’ve sold nearly all of them off. The only one I’m enjoying lately is Hermes Agar Ébène which is a light and airy take on the note.