If you thought citruses were fresh and cooling, try Oyedo. This is the first heated-up citrus I’ve ever come across, and here I am wearing it on a day with driving snow drifting past my window and feeling quite snug. And no, there’s not a trace of mulled wine about it either, no gaga spicing to raise the temperature.
Oyedo is a supremely smooth creation marrying a chunky woods base (with a serious dose of sandalwood aromachemicals) to mixed citruses through the intervention of a perfectly integrated thyme note, and camphoraceous and turpy tones. It’s novel, bold, different, not a crowd pleaser – a bit like bonbons from high end chocolatiers with flavours like wasabi or bacon that revolt some and drive others wild. There’s a shimmer and haze about it, a creaminess, and yet the notes are punchy, even rough (in the case of the wood).
The citruses do recede over time, leaving that woody base somewhat exposed, but for most of its life Oyedo is unusual fun.
Beautiful lemon and lime with woody background. 8/10
I hate saying this left a very synthetic impression on me...Im sorta disappointed because I expected Diptyque, to make more of an effort with this one. I would've never anticipated them making something that smacks of a far more generic scent, that may or may not be a cloaked, designer scent..or something that I couldve bought in a drugstore.
Citral and linalool, basically your dishwasher's liquid. Bit of a fail for me.
In the land of audiophiles, there's sort of an intangible holy grail of accuracy and realism called "imaging". It's an attribute that is demanded of speakers and if your speakers are good at imaging, it's said that you can, via sound alone, practically "see" the musicians playing right in front of you.
If there's an olfactory equivalent to audio imaging, this fragrance may win the contest. The opening blasts forth and there's a lime, a spice rack bottle of thyme, and a tangerine right in front of you. The realism of the notes is astonishing, and they're arranged in a way, at the opening, that no one note dominates. If quality is judged by realism, then this is a high quality composition. The opening burst forth and the trio of notes all evoke familiar images, and their simultaneity disorients you a bit because your mind is trying to recall three associations at once.
Some time later, the thyme ends up dominating at the citrus fades. Ultimately, I'm just not that crazy about thyme, so this fascinating little piece of perfumeur's virtuosity isn't going to gain a place in my collection. But it really is quite an experience in artistry and you ought to give it a try just to see how good modern perfumery can get.