Oud is one of those ingredients that for a while it seemed practically everyone from Avon to Xerjoff has given a shot at. I thought Caron’s take on it would be interesting, to say the least.
Interesting it was. I just don’t know that I really like it. It starts out with a dainty little peep of something slightly camphorous then segues into rose. The rose is thoroughgoing- adding in saffron, a touch of oud, musk and amber.
I should like it. It’s very plush, very refined, and very French. I think I like my oud a little more rough around the edges: “oud-ier” as it were. This is more of a ball-gown sort of oud; a rather self-effacing one at that. I want to say it’s a Grace Kelly sort of scent, but I bet she’d have worn something more like Bal à Versailles. It seems like something the Second Mrs deWinter would wear because it’s slightly daring or the first would have as camouflage of her true, feral nature. The lasting power is pretty good and it seems to have a nice sillage. I would like to smell it on someone, but don’t think I am personally rocking it.
While I have to respect the achievement, there are just about 6 other Carons that I would personally wear before this one. Wearing it for hours I have to admit that it’s really lovely and in the end I do like it. However like that ball gown, it just needs someone who isn’t me. I’d love to read my scent twin’s opinion..
$250 for 50ML, at Luckyscent, where I asked for my sample