Let me just start by saying that, as the reviews suggest, this fragrance probably isn't for everyone.
I'm not an expert so please take my review with a grain of salt, but I will try and do my best to describe my experience with Oud Immortel.
On the first spray you immediately notice the sharp but fresh lemoncello opening.
This is also the moment where the oud-like note is the most noticable, but it fades quite fast.
The next few hours were somewhat disappointing to me in the sense that it evolved into kind of and "old man" scent because of the patchouli/incense/rosewood. Not that it was bad, but it wasn't for me.
However, after the 5-6 hour mark it evolved again.
At his point I get woody incense together with sweet candied citrus fruits and this where this fragrance hits the sweet sport for me.
Weird note: Besidedes the usual spots I alos applied the fragrance on the back of my hand. This made me notice that when I brought my nose to my hand and exhaled (nose) on the fragrance before sniffing it, the sweetness intensified 10-fold.
Sillage and projection is great,even after 12 hours my girlfriend reported that she still smelled met 15 seconds after I left.
Longetivity on my skin is also beastly as I can now, 26 hours after applying it on my hand, still smell it.
All, as one of my first niche fragrances I found a very enjoyable journey throughout the day.
I actually flinched smelling this for the first time, not because it was putrid but because it was very different from what I expected. It's very loud. Cloyingly sweet citrus opens in tandem with incense, which makes for a combination that just doesn't rub me the right way. After that accord I mainly get a plethora of synthetic woods and lingering incense. I can't smell a trace of oud though. Tobacco joins the party but it's too little, too late.
When disregarding the opening this isn't too bad, but not exciting either. I really want to like Byredo but this doesn't do it for me.
Aventus killer. The two are similar yet like brothers are so very different. Oud Immortel is Keanu Reeves as John Wick. Smokey, dangerous and complicated. Everyone has smelled Aventus by now and it's fantastic, but this is....something else...maybe it's the rosewood or the limoncello along with the incense and agarwood. It's all very well blended and clean.
Byredo should get more press because of the quality and strength of their line. Perhaps that's a good thing, because you can get something unique and enjoy using. So do you want to join the crowd and be like everyone else, or chart your own course?
The opening is more attractive than that of Accord Oud, with none of the latter's gasoline fume-like aspects despite sharing a similar dark smoky-woodsy central accord, replaced by a berry-like facet that tempers the band-aid tint that is oft-associated with synthetic oud constructs. Unfortunately this intriguing phase runs out of gas within the hour as a dry patchouli accord asserts itself.
As the scent unfolds, I don't detect any styles of tobacco whatsoever so I won't try to blow smoke up anyone's ....!
This Byredo is not particularly loud but has enough presence to make someone notice you're there. I'm not convinced that's a good thing though. While the occasional whiff is acceptable, a more prolonged exposure starts to grate on the senses, like listening to a bad recording of a favorite song.
Byredo Oud Immortel is one of the more hyped cold-weather Byredo options that gets a lot of buzz on the internet, so I was eager to finally trying it out after sitting on a sample for some time, and I'm somewhat surprised by it.
For starters, it doesn't involve much oud. My experience of it is dominated by the floral/citrus/woody side of it. The cardamom adds a spicy floral vibe and mixes with the limoncello (I would have guessed bergamot) to provide a semi-bright opening.
I don't get too many of the woody notes, though rosewood makes sense after learning of it as a notes. I don't detect papyrus (perhaps it's just been a while) or patchouli, either. I get the oud itself but it's certainly in the background relative to the other areas.
I do gather oakmoss from the dry down, but not really tobacco, either. Performance is at least solid, with slightly above average performance for an EDP, at Byredo's standard price points ($150 for 50ml, $230 for 100ml).
Oud Immortel is more or less a mystery to me as I'm unsure how all of the aspects are meant to fit together. It certainly isn't oud-intensive, nor does it emit immortality. A very odd experience, and one that I can't say I'm too pleased with, especially given the hype. If nothing else, this certainly isn't one to blind buy but it's obviously well-loved on the whole so try away!
6 out of 10