10 Beautiful Oud Perfume Mixes for Women and Men
One of the many things I love about traveling to the Gulf is shopping for oud (aloeswood). While I have yet to find pure oud wood or oud oil that matches what I can get locally here in California at Oudimentary. During my travels (almost all the Oud I have seen in the Gulf is waxed, which ruins the natural smell of burning oud) I always enjoy smelling the new Oud mixes by regional and global perfume houses. Three years ago I visited Saudi Arabia and you could see the beginnings of the big global perfume companies making oud fragrances for middle eastern markets. Today you would be hard pressed to find a major player in the global perfume trade who does not have at least one oud fragrance on the market.
Like most things in life my tastes have changed with age, I used to love pure oud and would wear it almost daily, but as I started to get into the mixes I found them to be more balanced as a daily fragrance. This is a short list of ten of my favorites as of now, almost all of which could be worn by men or women and are sold generally as unisex perfumes. While it is easier to find these scents because they are concentrated together at shops like Areej or in the Duty Free shops in the airport in the Gulf, in the United States you can find most of these fragrances at Neiman Marcus. Click on the name of the perfume in each section to see more in depth reviews by Fragrantica.
Leather Oud Christian Dior
On this trip, my favorite Oud mix was surprisingly Leather Oud. I say surprisingly because when you first spray it the leather notes are very strong. I sprayed this for the first time before a short flight and I spent the next hour and a half smelling my hand and was amazed by the depth of this fragrance. It is such an incredible fragrance because it transforms every 15–20 minutes and the Oud base notes stand out beautifully. It is also one of the longest lasting oud mixes I have ever worn.
Oud Royal Giorgio Armani
Oud Royal was by far my wife’s favorite fragrance on our trip, this unisex perfume has long lasting but light oud notes. However, because of the amber and floral notes you could say that this fragrance leans towards a feminine smell. More than anything I think it is a balanced and beautiful fragrance.
Mukhallat al Shams Ajmal
The strongest Oud fragrance of all the perfumes on this list and also the hardest one to find in the United States, Mukhallat al Shams is a classic fragrance. Founded in India, Ajmal is today headquartered in Dubai. Mukhallat al Shams is the lightest of three perfumes in this series with each step up representing a more pure oud smell (try Dahn Oud al Shams if you want something stronger). We also like the new series from Ajmal called W, especially the Amber Wood.
Amouage Honour Woman
We spent a lot of time in the Amouage shop in Abu Dhabi that was attached to our hotel, while the range of this Oman based perfume company is incredible, this scent stood out as my favorite. In Amouage’s general line of perfumes they use one color and one name and then make different Men’s and Women’s fragrances tied to each of these. Honour for women stood out as a soft floral scent that was beautiful in its depth.
Oud Maliki Chopard
I received Oud Maliki as a gift after I first fell in love with it back in 2012. Chopard is known more for its over the top watches and jewlery than its perfumes, but this is a long lasting beauty with deep oud notes. While I really do like this perfume the spicy cinammon like notes in it make me take long breaks from wearing it.
Oud Tobacco Tom Ford
Like most real oud enthusiasts, one of my favorite things is to wear oud in layers where you dab the oil and then burn oud wood on top of it for an entirely deeper and transformative smell. I knew I loved Oud Tobacco by Tom Ford the first time I tried it precisely because it smelled like this long lasting fragrance of oud wood burned over oud oil. I am also a fan of oud fleur in this collection, and less so of Tom Ford’s oud wood.
Oud Ispahan Christian Dior
Oud and rose mixes are one of the oldest combinations in the long history of perfume. Oud Ispahan is a deep oud and rose fragrance that has a balance in a way that other oud/ rose mixes cannot come lose to. The key with this type of mix is not allowing the rose to totally over power the fragrance as is most often the case. That is what makes this perfume special as the oud stands out especially as it dries down.
Precious Oud Van Cleef & Arpels
Precious Oud is another floral fragrance that we recently ran into at Nieman Marcus after we returned home. The oud balanced with jasmine, tuberose petals, amber, vetiver and sandalwood create a beautiful fragrance that is more likely to be worn by women.
10 Corso Como
10 Corso Como was one of the first European based fragrances to really embrace the power of oud. This perfume was first released in 1999 and is considered a classic with its notes of rose, geranium, vetiver, musk, sandalwood, oud wood resin and incense.
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Armaf Shades Woods
Agarwood is reputed to be the most expensive wood in the world, One of the finest frangrances in arabic perfumes one can feel the blast of oudh all over stays whole day long one of the best made oud made perfumes in the world the classic notes are Citrus, Rose. Geranium, Clove, Cumin, Pepper, Cedarwood, Oud, Sandalwood, fragrance for men and women.
Some of Agarwood (Oud) Perfumes worldwide
M7 Yves Saint Laurent
Dark Aoud Montale
Oud Wood Tom Ford
Wonderoud Comme des Garcons
Roberto Cavalli Tiger Oud Roberto Cavalli
Exclusive Oud Zara
Dahn Oudh Al Shams Ajmal
Al Shams Special Edition Ajmal
The Night Frederic Malle
Oud Demeter Fragrance
Khasab Al Oud Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Dupont Oud Oriental S.T. Dupont
Bakhoor Khas Ajmal
Majestic Special Oud Arabian Oud
Dahn Al Oudh Lujain Ajmal
Rouh Al Aoud Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Oud & Oud Cartier
Zara Oud Zara
Kalemat Wood Arabian Oud
Dehn Oud Ateequ Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Dahn Al Oudh Atheer Ajmal
The Heritage Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Saif Al Hind Ajmal
Oud & Rose Lanvin
Oud Elixir Precieux Christian Dior
Otro Poema de los Dones Fueguia
Oud Bakhakh Syed Junaid Alam
`ilm Kemi Blending Magic
Oud Al Sahraa Parfums Berdoues
Obsessive Oudh Al Haramain Perfumes
Un Air d’Arabie Oud Dorin
Sheikh Al Haramain Perfumes
Sadine Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Oudh al Suifi Rasasi
Dahn Al Oudh Jazaab Ajmal
Dehn Al Oudh Cambodi Al Haramain Perfumes
Kings Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Al Moulouk Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
The Black The Sum
Oudh Al Khaloud Amouage
Oud Caravan N° 3 La Via del Profumo
Oud Al Rehab Al-Rehab
Dehen Oud Cambodi Muattak Arabian Oud
Original Aoud Montale
Oud Mukallet Special Arabian Oud
Dahn Al Oudh Raysan Ajmal
D/Oud Hindi Muattak Arabian Oud
Mokhalat Al Oud Al-Rehab
Magic of the Orient - Pure Agarwood Oil Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Oudwood Veil 40 Notes Perfume
Al Oudh Al Hindi Syed Junaid Alam
Moto Oud Blackbird
Bois Fonce Ava Luxe
Adghal Majid Muzaffar Iterji
Dhaneloudh Al Zahab Rasasi
Dahn Al Oudh Tharwaan Ajmal
Oud Junaid Syed Junaid Alam
Dehn El Ood Malaki Swiss Arabian
Yas Al Malaki Yas Perfumes
Oud et Bois D`Orsay
D/Oud Camboodi Arabian Oud
Dahnal Oudh Alban Ajmal
Hajar Oud Syed Junaid Alam
Dehen Oud Sioufi Arabian Oud
Dahn Al Oudh Saif Al Arab Ajmal
Dahn Al Oudh Rabia Al Omr Ajmal
Crystal Oud Al-Rehab
Oud Absolu Cartier
Dahn Al Oudh Al Nuwayra Ajmal
Mukhallat Dewan Al Sharq Arabian Oud
Pure Oil Of Oud Carolina Herrera
Dehn El Ood ?ambodi Swiss Arabian
Dehn Oud Ateequ Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Oud Al-Sultan Majid Muzaffar Iterji
Misk Al Oudh Ajmal
King Of Oudh Nabeel
Antique Aged Aoud Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Dehn El Oud Mubakhar Swiss Arabian
Dhan Oudh al Mubakhar Rasasi
Rouh Al-Oud Majid Muzaffar Iterji
Teejan Syed Junaid Alam
Dehnal Oudh Amiri Al Haramain Perfumes
Dehnal Oudh Seufi Al Haramain Perfumes
Dehnal Oudh Cambodi No.1 Al Haramain Perfumes
Dewan Al Shark Arabian Oud1.5005326941004
Dehnal Oudh Maliki Ateeqs Al Haramain Perfumes
Arooq Al Dahab Al-Rehab
Dahn Al Oudh Arzan Ajmal
Dehn el Ood Ghalib Swiss Arabian
Precious Oud Trish McEvoy
S. Excès Femme Eudora
Oud Bete Noire Signature Fragrances
Cambode Moattaq Majid Muzaffar Iterji
Oud AlKhulod Majid Muzaffar Iterji
Kampuchea Noir Xerjoff
Dahn Al Oudh Limited Edition 2013 Ajmal
360 Al-Jazeera Perfumes
Oud Al Jawhara Arabian Oud
Daringly Different Diana Vreeland
Perfume 25 Al-Rehab
Pipe Bomb Intense Blackbird
Dehn el Oudh Salaam Swiss Arabian
Al Basha Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Dahn Al Oudh Maysaam Ajmal
The Finest The Fragrance Kitchen
Sweet Oud Al-Rehab
Aroos AL-Bahrain Al-Rehab
Shajarat Al Oud Al-Rehab
Zombie Perfume Oil Possets Perfume
Dehan Oudh Mukhallath Gold Al Musbah
Cambode Moattaq Majid Muzaffar Iterji
Ritaj Syed Junaid Alam
Maleeh Al Aoud Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Oud Suhad Perfumes
Saja Syed Junaid Alam
Oudh al Amiri Afnan Perfumes
Al Dewan Majid Muzaffar Iterji
Rasikh Oud Syed Junaid Alam
Oud Khas Yas Perfumes
Dahn Al Oudh Limited Edition 2005 Ajmal
Dehnal Oudh Khossosi Qadeem Al Haramain Perfumes
Black Oud The Merchant of Venice
Guru Deva House of Orpheus
D. Oud Qadeem (Hindi) Asgharali
Coffee Amber Vanilla House of Cherry Bomb
D.Oud Al Mubakhar Asgharali
Viola Tonatto Profumi
Oud Hindi Syed Junaid Alam
Al Fustan Gold Afnan Perfumes
Pearl Al-Jazeera Perfumes
Dehnal Oud Reehat Al Atoor
D.Oud Turabi Asgharali
Black Oud Thomas Kosmala
Treasures of Safari - Oud Ralph Lauren
Dhan Ood Syed Junaid Alam
Dhen Al Oud Safa Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
Princess The Royal Perfume
Jawad An Aura of Purity Khalis
Dahan Al Ood Muattaq Naseem
Bois de Oud Biosea
Preja Buja Acqua di Biella
Jaathbia Collection Mukhallat Ajmal
Super Malino Agarwood Oil Majid Muzaffar Iterji
Source : Author: Naheed Shoukat Ali (naheed) Fragrantica Writer
What is oud ?
In the Middle East, they take their oud very seriously but it has only caught on in a big way in the UK in last few years. It is derived from the tropical agar tree, which is thought to originate in Assam in India. When the tree is infected by a mould known as Phialophora parasitica it reacts by producing a dense, dark and fragrant resin to protect itself. It is the resin-embedded heartwood of the tree that is the source of oud.
The trees are grown throughout south-east Asia, India and Bangladesh and agarwood is said to be the most expensive timber in the world - indeed, one of the most expensive of all natural raw ingredients.
Part of the reason for the cost is that the agar tree is now registered by CITES as a potentially threatened species - not surprisingly when the global agarwood market is thought to be worth over £5 billion annually.
The scent itself varies considerably depending on the wood used, where the tree was grown and whether the tree itself was cultivated or naturally infected. The fragrance is - unsurprisingly - described as warm, woody with a slight hint of damp rot, while some varieties are smoky and sweet. It can be very potent so not one for the faint-hearted.
Here's a selection of the very best oud fragrances for men available right now.
Tom Ford Noir de Noir £145 for 50ml
Perhaps surprisingly, rose is a favourite note to match with oud and here it is used to perfection to complement the wood's darkness with a result that it is both romantic and provocative
Acqua Di Parma Colonia Oud Eau de Cologne Concentrée £195 for 180ml
The oud is complemented with leather and spices. It goes on strong but settles down to a fantastic complexity.
Ermenegildo Zegna Indonesian Oud £140 for 125ml
With bergamot, patchouli and amber, this is both dark and warm with a very subtle medicinal tang that sharpens it up.
Boss Bottled Oud £76 for 100ml
A brand new iteration of the mighty Boss Bottled, this is an unashamedly powerful scent that looks set to introduce the oud experience to a whole new audience.
Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Desert Oud £185 for 50ml
When it was launched, this rapidly became the best-selling men's cologne in Harrods. Redolent of the Middle East, this is how you can imagine Rudolf Valntino smelled like in The Sheik - and that has to be good.
Yves Saint Laurent Splendid Wood £195 for 80ml
A genuine unisex fragrance with spicy cardamom and jasmine alongside the woody notes. It will get you noticed without overpowering the room.
Reiss Black Oudh £50 for 100ml
This was Reiss's very first fragrance for men - and a very pleasant surprise. It opens with laurel and green cypress with middle notes of vetiver and clary sage before settling down to the black oud. Dark, heavy and earthy.
Creed Royal Oud £210 for 75ml
Good for those who don't want too much of an oud hit, this opens with sandalwood and pink pepper and ends with a creamy wood-infused finish.
Jo Malone Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense £105 for 100ml
A hint of smokiness is layered on a base of sensual wood with a fresh suggestion of bergamot to balance it all out.
Versace Oud Noir for Men £105 for 120ml
The best thing to come from Versace for years - and that is praise indeed - fresh and spicy with an intriguing hint of oud.
Christian Dior Leather Oud £125 for 125ml
Musky - some people claim it verges on animal, if not downright dirty in a good way - and leathery, this is sex in a bottle.
Polo Supreme Oud £100 for 125ml
Warm cinnamon and pepper plus leather with sweet wood are all balanced with fresh vetiver.
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