Sorry this is late today, I forgot to set it to Publish!
I had planned on talking about DKNY Men today, but, bleah. Typical men’s cologne, and I don’t really have anything bad to say about it, but I don’t have anything good either. It just smells like everything else.
Is anyone else a Geek Girl like me and has their tickets for The Watchmen on opening day, March 6? If so, you can share your showtime with me in comments – major love for anyone that’s doing a midnight showing. It’s my most anticipated movie this year, along with The Soloist, with yummy Robert Downey Jr who seems to get ridiculously more good looking every time I see him, and Sunshine Cleaning Company.
Instead of DKNY Men, I’m plunging into the more difficult area of perfume to describe, and that’s ouds. Ouds tend to smell somewhat the same. They’re oudish and usually have some rose or vanilla or jasmine or all of the above. Calling them dark and exotic is the starting point for all oud reviews. If you like ouds, you can almost not go wrong with any of them. If you only like a few ouds, then I have the one for you.
Arabian Oud Shah Gold is the women’s side of a dual perfume experience, and my favorite of the two. The set is ridiculously expensive, but like most oud oils, you really do need just a drop to perfume you mightily. so on a cost per drop basis, it’s only very slightly less costly. Now, Shah Gold is the one I briefly mentioned in our Paris adventures that Shirley put on, and we all kept burying our noses in her neck. It has notes of 1,000 flowers, jasmine, myrrh, white musk, cardamon, sandalwood, cedarwood. I’ve never been quite sure what 1,000 flowers is exactly, but I suspect it’s the perky floral note you get on the open that’s very bright and lends a sunny aura to all those other notes. The incense, woods and spices are really perfectly balance in this so your nose can smell all those aspects, but none of them overpower the other. Mahmoud told us when we were there that traditionally they way you are supposed to perfume yourself is you start with incense and you hold your robes over it and let the incense smoke permeate your clothes. Then you use several different oud oils so when people smell you, you will never smell like just one thing, you will always smell unique and richly fragrant. I can tell you absolutely that when we came out of Arabian Oud, we must have stunk to high heaven, but in a good way. Shah Gold is the best single oud oil that captures that profusion of smells. The drydown is so mellow and slightly florally sweet, with just enough oud sharpness so you remember it’s an oud, I’d love to have this smell all over my pillow every night. It’s become my favorite oud oil ever, and I guard jealouslyl the teensy drops of it that I have. For those of you who want that very sharp, distinct oud scent, this one isn’t the one for you.