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Royal Oud (2011)
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Royal Oud information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 462 votes)

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HouseCreed
Parent CompanyCreed

About Royal Oud

Royal Oud is a shared / unisex perfume by Creed. The scent was launched in 2011

Royal Oud fragrance notes

Reviews of Royal Oud

Creed jumped on the Western oud bandwagon shortly after the release of Aventus (2010), which hadn't yet ballooned into the mega-hit for the house, but would come to overshadow everything else the house has done for men before or after. I can see the thought process of Royal Oud (2011), as an exotic woody and rich scent devoid of the barnyard bite associated with more-authentic variants, but I feel they went a bit overboard with the "cleansing" of the oud note here, until what was achieved by the efforts yielded something more like an "un-oud" if that makes sense. Most fragrances claiming to have oud and not smelling like they have any (or like they have very little) usually get the thumbs down or a neutral at best, especially at the exorbitant price points one finds Creed, but this is actually really nice in spite of the false advertising in its name. What one actually gets with a bottle of Creed Royal Oud is a smooth, peppery aromatic sandalwood and musk with some citrus and angelica to settle us into the primary warmth of the accord. To be honest, Royal Oud reminds me most of a higher-end precursor to Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb (2012), which marries a similar peppery accord to a sandalwood-ish base, just with more aromachemical oomph in the mix.

The opening of Royal Oud is lemon and bergamot over some "pink berry" accord which is usually some form artificial multiple berry compound oil that mimics the smell of everything from strawberries to pink moscato wine, so in this application it reveals a nod to synthetics usage that Creed usually wants to keep under wraps. I get the "nondescript berry" note here, but it's just something to take the edge off the citrus and doesn't last long. The heart and base of Royal Oud are where it's at for me, with that aforementioned angelica root and galbanum giving Royal Oud a sweet gentle green segue from the citrus into the triple-whammy wood accord of cedar, sandalwood, and whatever minuscule trace of synthetic oud is there. I imagine this synth oud compound was used so sparingly to avoid Royal Oud smelling like a competing Tom Ford fragrance, but the end result is that you barely get any oud at all, animalic, medicinal or otherwise. I think the tonkin musk (deer musk) probably does the most talking after the wood settles in, and I also doubt it's the real thing because although it captures some of the character of real deer musk, it comes across to clean to my nose. While certainly not the most synthetic-smelling of the supposedly all-natural Creeds, Royal Oud does do much less to hide its synthetic stitching than others from the house, but since I don't really care about that sort of thing so long as the scent actually smells good, I won't deduct points for it. End results of a Royal Oud wear are a gentle peppery woods and musk glow that lasts all day and is best worn in colder months or climates, and to black tie events or upscale romantic engagements. Sillage is moderate but longevity is fantastic here, so no complaints on performance.

Since Royal Oud doesn't really smell like oud, I wouldn't recommend it to fans of the genre, but it's pretty heavy-handed on the woods and pepper, so I would say fans of the aforementioned Spicebomb or even L'Occitane Eaux des Baux (2006) check this one out. Fans of Diptyque Tam Dao (2003) may also like the overall execution here, but if you're looking for Creed's take on Yves Saint Laurent M7 (2002) or M7 Oud Absolu (2011), look again, as this isn't even a fake oud, just a woody oriental with "oud" in the title. Considering Creed didn't try messing with the oud theme again after this release in any of their other collections, I think they learned their lesson to stay out of the field, since Creed is known mostly for their citrus, florals, and ambergris bases. There's certainly no harm in this rather creative if misleading woody oriental musk, and it may just be what a guy who finds himself not mature enough for Creed Bois du Portugal (1987) is looking for if they want something from the house that could serve in the same relative function. The price like most Creeds is astronomical for what it offers, and unlike some of the more notable Creeds such as the above mentioned, may not seem worth it for that reason, but I give it a thumbs up for daring to be a black sheep among offerings from the house, and a solid albeit quirky one to boot.
19th January, 2019
Refined, woody, rich, alluring.

I always do my best to rate a fragrance based on the scent and performance itself, but as of late, the price Creed is demanding is laughable. Sure it’s a good quality juice but for 450$? Come on. To me, this is definitely a quality fragrance that could easily be pulled off by any man or woman 30+ dressed nice on a cold day. The woody accord may be the most literal one out there. It’s linear and long lasting and a very “deep” and rich classy wood scent, not far off from Sycomore at the top.
But to me, this is really trying to achieve the same thing as Black Walnut, but for 20x the price, it’s tough to justify.
18th December, 2018
Thumbs up - if you’re a women

Men have no business wearing this Creed fragrance it shouldn’t be labelled unisex its for women
15th November, 2018
My search for a more gentle masculine Frederick Malle French Lover relative took me to Creed's Spice and Wood and from that to this. Note there is a feminine version of this so this should be safely masculine. Never assume.
The Spice and Wood is indeed warmer and slightly spicier and more gentle than the superb FM FL which is dare I say it a bit too austere for cold days. However the Royal Oud goes down another path. Innate in the name really. Think Sheikhs and flowing multicoloured silk thobes and you've got it. Less subtle, more flowery or shall we say effeminate. Starts off fine and fresh but quickly becomes cloying, gets up your nose and stays that way.
Not for me but there will be plenty of people who swear by this thinking that they are making the elegant decision in lieu of all the dreadful cheaper blast to the senses designer fragrances . A masterpiece of product placement by Creed, but a bit too obvious in its intention and disappointingly lacking in adventure and innovation. No Arabian nights here.
That said there may be some more mature women which this suits down to the ground depending on skin chemistry.

Fragrance: 2.75/5
Projection: 3.5/5
Longevity: 4/5
22nd June, 2018 (last edited: 24th June, 2018)
Being an oud fanatic, of course I had to check out Creed's take on this amazing class of fragrance.

Starts out with a shiny blast of pepper with a tastefully subdued citrus cushion a la the lemon and bergamot, blending smoothly into the heart notes. At this point I start thinking of Hanae Mori's HiM and Gucci Pour Homme II, esp. with the presence of clean cedar.

Oud isn't clearly perceivable in this scent, oddly enough. Smooth sandalwood and a slight musk appears after a while throughout the remainder of the wear cycle. And as another reviewer pointed out, there is no presence of the signature Creed ambergris, which IMO would have been an odd note to have in this particular fragrance.

Overall, I like Royal Oud as I would the aforementioned cedar-heavy scents like HM HiM and GpH II; not as, say, clearly agarwood-centric like Commes des Garcons Wonderoud, Armani/Prive Oud Royal, Zegna Indonesian Oud, any of Tom Ford's EdP Oud formulations, YSL M7 Oud Absolu, etc.




24th April, 2018
Just a beautiful, classy, elegant fragrance from beginning to end.

The the major downside is its performance.

A fragrance this good should be enjoyed by everyone in its proximity, all day long. Sadly I get only an hour of projection and probably 3-4 hours overall.

I'm not the type carry around an atomizer and reapply throughout the day, but this is one of the few fragrances I'd make that expection for.
15th April, 2018

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