I can say that my love for Oud fragrances started sometime last year. Before then I was indifferent about scents and fragrances and I only used perfumes when it was bought for me as a birthday or Christmas gift.
Until the day I met a man who smelt just how I wanted my future husband to smell.
I asked what cologne he was using and he answered saying the Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Desert Oud. I then went on google and discovered the amazing world of Oud fragrances.
I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Oud perfumes right now and should you need to switch up your cologne game a notch higher, any one on this list will do.
The Gucci Oud was released in 2014 as a unisex fragrance that is glamorous, strong and sophisticated. This fragrance, which happens to be one of my favorite, is composed of 100% natural essence from Laos. It has the characteristic Oud smell mixed with a tint of fruity scents.
Top Notes – Pear, Raspberry, Saffron
Heart Notes – Bulgarian rose, Orange blossom
Base Notes – Patchouli, Amber, Musk, Oud
Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Desert Oud
Velvet Desert Oud which I now call Noble’s perfume, was launched in 2013 and created by Alberto Morillas. It has an Arabian incense scent with a musky sweetness and leaves a deep lingering smell.
Top Notes – Incense
Heart Notes – Amber, Oud
Base notes – Musk
Tom Ford Oud Fleur
Oud Fleur by Tom Ford was launched in 2013 and created by Yann Vasnier. The fragance is unisex and has a strong woody scent.
The core notes of the fragrance includes Pimento, Ginger, Cardamom, Rose, Oud, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Osmanthus, Davana, Date, Cinnamon, Leather, Ambergris, Castoreum, Incense, Styrax and Cistus.
Lancome L’Autre Oud
The Lancome L’Autre Oud was introduced in October 2012 as a part of the luxurious and exclusive collection and was created by Christophe Raynaud . The scent is said to be inspired by traveling the Orient.
In the introductory notes, Lancome shares the product’s formula:
Seventeen ingredients were carefully selected to convey the point and the theme as best as they can. It starts off with spicy notes of saffron, cypriol from India, labdanum absolute and aromatic clary sage. The heart consists of Turkey rose and Bulgaria rose absolute. The rich, powerful and woody base is made of guaiac wood, green and wet patchouli, vetiver, amyris wood, moss, gurjun balm and myrrh asolut.
Top Notes : Labdanum, Clary sage, Saffron, Nagarmotha
Heart Notes: Bulgarian rose, Turkish rose, Oud
Base notes: Oud, Oak moss, Vetiver, Patchouli, Elemi, Myrrh, Balsam
Acqua Di Parma Colonia Intensia Oud
Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud was launched in 2012. The fragrance is elegant and its composition originates from a mixture of the popular and rare Colonia Intensa and a generous amount of precious oud essential oil. It has a strong intense smell that leaves a lasting impression.
Top Notes – Citrus
Heart Notes – Oud, Russian coriander, Haitian amyris wood
Base Notes – Musk, Leather
Creed Royal Oud
Creed is a warm, deep and stylish scent that is composed of all the elements of Persian and Parisian fragrance. The fragance has a deep woody and aromatic smell that settles into your skin and leaves a long lasting lingering scent.
Top Notes – A crown of Calabrian lemon, pink berry and Sicilian bergamot.
Heart Notes – Cedar, galbanum and angelic root.
Base Notes- Regal Indian oud, sandalwood and Tonkin musk.