Oud 27 (2009)
    by Le Labo

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    Oud 27 Fragrance notes

    Oud, Atlas cedar, Incense, Patchouli, Saffron, Guaiac wood

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    Oud 27 is a unisex fragrance by Le Labo. The scent was launched in 2009

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    FruitDiet's avatar

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    A fun musky incense rose oud with a shock opening. I bought a small bottle of this that I went through about 1/4 of before giving it away to a friend that liked it. At the end it began to feel dated. How about that--oud started to feel so dated in 2015 that I didn't want to wear it, despite that I have never smelled an oud fragrance on a living person besides my sister, since no one wears anything at all. Still, oud and Iso E cedar have become the ubiquitous "last decade" fragrances.

    25th February, 2015

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    This oneís pure fun to me. Itís the most synthetic, rubbery, spacey oud on the market, and I kind of love that about it. It has almost no connection to actual oud (it's clearly Givaudan's Black Agar blend), and itís like marinating in saffron and damascone beta. The overall result is a jammy, berry-like latex with some hardcore civet thrown in. It takes the whole Western wimpy "oud" concept and Westernizes it further with hilarious results.

    Itís probably the most chemical smelling scent Le Labo has released, but I actually think thatís part of its weirdo charm. Itís also not something that you could wear on a regular basisóat least I couldnítóas itís strong and cloying at first. Upfront, you get honeyed damascone berries and civet, then the ďoudĒ creeps in with ďsaffronĒ by its side, and from that point on the scent is basically latex gloves and skeezy florals. Itís sickly at first, but it sorts itself out a bit after a few minutes. The base seems to be a pedestrian vetiver/cedar combo, but I found that much of the scent fizzles out before it really gets to that point anyway.

    If someone were shopping for ouds, Iíd keep them far away from this one. But if that person needed a great scent for a trip to the circus, I think Oud 27 would be ideal. Itís fun, blaring, and super weird.

    13th January, 2015

    Way Off Scenter's avatar

    United States United States

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    Genre: Leather

    Le Laboís Oud 27 starts off as equal parts smoky saffron, aggressively medicinal oudh, and animalic leather; somewhere between Alan Cummingís signature fragrance and Montaleís Oud Cuir díArabie. The oudh soon softens to reveal a more conventional conifer wood accord that smells to me both of juniper and cedar. The animalic component also drops out almost completely with about a half an hour of wear, so that for most of its life on my skin Oud 27 is a surprisingly crisp, cool, and translucent fragrance centering on frankincense, saffron, and woods. Unfortunately that life is abruptly truncated at close to the two hour mark, after which a very faint, dry, woody base note (the guaiac, I presume,) is all I can detect. Anticlimactic and disappointing after such a distinguished start. My advice: don't buy this without trying Oud Cuir d'Arabie first.

    22nd June, 2014

    rogalal's avatar

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    It's been stated before but bears repeating that Oud 27 was one of the first few niche oud scents to show up outside of Montale. At the time, its leathery saffron and upfront birch tar earned it a reputation as quite animalic, but now that we've all smelled dozens more of these, including truly animalic stinkers like Al Aoud and Bond's Harrods Swarkovsy Oud, Oud 27 feels quite tame by comparison, more like something CDG would do than the smell of a true fecal oud.

    That being said, I still think Oud 27 is great. The rubbery oud plays against traditional sandalwood and a pinch of rose for sweetness, while smoky saffron lends strong leathery support. Over time, the birch tar picks up the heavy lifting, while the smoky woods settle into a slow burn. There's no barnyard stink or any of the moldy band-aid smells that typify real oud - this is an oud for fashionophiles at Barneys, not locals at a Cambodian bazaar. It's quite beautiful, though in a very dark way, but if you're looking for the huge stinker promised in the early reviews, you may be disappointed.

    10th June, 2014

    Longwei's avatar

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    Female 1: 4/5, Impression: clean, out-doorzie
    Female 2: 1/5, Impression: Too harsh. Hurts my nose
    Female 3: 0/5, Impression: generic soap (GOD SHEíS PICKY)
    Male 1: 4/5, Impression: Light and refreshing
    Male 2: 3/5, WOODS (not wood, the WOODS)
    Male 3: 3/5, Impression: Hard to say

    Projection: Initially quite high, decreasing gradually after 2 -3rd hour
    Longevity: 10h plus (but with very limited projection after 6 Ė 7th H)

    My opinion:
    This is good.This is potent. The most resinous thing I've smelled in a long time. Oud is obviously wood, but itís nowhere near green. Itís smoky, incensy and pleasantly abrasive. A blazed trail of Satan walking the Earth could smell like that (stolen metaphor). Thereís something Evil about it. Itís a quite monolithic for a typical perfume, as the other notes are heavily dominated by the agar - but itís primal and clear in a dramatic way. I would probably love it, if it were slightly less oriental. Wish someone would make such a predatory oak. Not the best choice for the office Ė it is not easy on the more innocent noses, even though it mellows down significantly after 2 hours or so.

    06th June, 2014

    Colin Maillard's avatar

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    One of the few oud-based scents I like. I admit this is not one of my favourite notes, so among the thousands of scents I've never tried yet, oud scents are not exactly on my "top" list. But this one was quite a surprise. A friend of mine brilliantly defined this "an imaginative oud" and in fact, I think she was perfectly right. The opening is pleasant, a peculiar balance between an oud base, with its signature indolic/animalic personality, and a velvety, delicate, dusty rose breeze. The overall smell is much ethereal and spacious, but sharp and clear. The notes are linear and thin, the ambiance is rarefied and silent, vast and wide but calm and "void" in a way. All it's there, but all is transparent. Initially the oud note is much refined and civilised, and also quite subtle. It's more of a linear, woody accord, quite clean and a bit rubbery, with just a slight but palpable and ambiguous "oud" heart. The same for the rose note, it's talcum-powdery but restrained and positively plain. This makes me think of "sheets", one on another, on a perfectly white glass desk, if that makes sense. The vibe is open-air, but industrial too, or more precisely, a "lab" vibe, with that specific medicinal/suspended mood, rarified but oppressing too. I also think of waiting lounges and that kind of post-modern "non-places". After a while a balsamic refreshing breeze arises, still with a powdery feel, and I like this passage a lot Ė often notes vanish or tone down, this instead just "comes in" like if someone opened a window. The "key" adjective here are "clean", "sophisticated", "subtle", "aerial". The oud base is there and it's shady, but is also delicate and fairly inoffensive (which is perhaps one of the reasons why I like this scent, I like oud either like this, or just raw and unleashed, like is the darkest Montale's). After one hour or so, a nice twist again, some unexpected accords come in shape; a woody/incense nuance, a dry white musks accord, a slightly salty breeze. Luminous, in a totally contemporary, artificial meaning. Moreover, some of those notes fades away, and all that aerial lightness gently "vanishes". The drydown turns almost into a delicate and essential chypre, a nostalgic, dark and somehow sensual thin accord, still clean but a bit more dense, gloomy and sweaty. A great evolution for a really good scent, not my cup of tea but brilliantly executed and worth a try.


    18th May, 2014

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