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Black Rose Oud (2011)
by Trish McEvoy


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Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
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About Black Rose Oud

Black Rose Oud is a shared / unisex perfume by Trish McEvoy. The scent was launched in 2011

Reviews of Black Rose Oud

Trish McAvoy Black Rose Oud (2011) is not really an oud fragrance, but it also isn't bad per se, just something that isn't what it claims to be then proceeds to becoming something not worth the price of admission, at least to me. The brand would make a semi-convincing effort with #9 Oud (2014), but this "baby step" towards a passable Western synthetic oud is really just a fruity rose and patchouli perfume that is a dime a dozen in the designer prestige or entry-level niche segment. Compound this semi-ubiquity with the asking price pushing $200 for 50ml of juice and you can see where some desire to attain fails to arise. Deals do pop up, but even for half-price you can snag any number of 80's rose and patchouli perfumes in vintage form that will smell worlds beyond this in quality due to no IFRA strangulation on the rose itself (via a limit on geraniol). Dark, jammy, and about as Gothic as a sales clerk from Hot Topic, Black Rose Oud knows how to play a good cast extra in a movie about rose oud perfumes, but could never get billing on the poster. Black Rose Oud is like an overpriced Jack in the Box Taco: it doesn't fit with the rest of the menu and barely resembles what it claims to be, and makes you question the experience of trying even if free.

The opening of Trish McEvoy Black Rose Oud is raspberry leaf, lychee, and osmanthus, laced with notes of black pepper and a Turkish rose that comes punching through from the very start (as it should). All the sweetness place the rose in the aforementioned jammy territory, while the pepper keeps that sweetness from being too much, but notes of saffron and a slight dollop of orchid accord stolen from Tom Ford Black Orchid (2006) makes Black Rose Oud dip its toe unfavorably in a direction that distracts from the subject it claims to capture. This is further evident when the "oud" ends up just being that patchouli as mentioned, gussied up with musk, vanilla, and some indoles to come across pretend-skanky like Marge Simpson in a teddy, but nowhere in league with even the synth oud molecules brands like Versace use. Wear time is over 12 hours because this is still a potent brew, and projection can overwhelm, meaning that little bottle you paid dearly for may last a while. I think this is a statement perfume like many of its kind, and the statement it makes is that of being the black dress "boss bitch" of the collection, the "I want to speak to your manager" of rose oud wannabes, so wear where you want (side bob hairdo sold separately).

Rose and patchouli or rose and oud, even rose and saffron mixes all typically read as unisex, but that massive fruity blast in the front that just never goes away does veer this towards being a bit more feminine than many of its kind, even old 80's examples marketed to women. Trish McEvoy Black Rose Oud is among the only such rose and oud takes I'd call "candy-like", long before Montale/Mancera started playing with the concept, but whether or not that is a good thing I leave up to you. I'm pretty dissatisfied about Black Rose Oud, because it misses the mark and doesn't do anything to make up for it, then does what it chooses to do in a way that tests my patience with note combinations I usually don't like (fruity florals with lots of sweetness). I've made mention before that this screams of niche made for upper-class housewives and conservative evangelicals, so maybe if you consider Olive Garden international cuisine and opted for the entry-level Escalade over the fully-loaded Suburban just to show up the other PTA moms, this is the rose oud perfume for you. As an aside, if you love this stuff but don't drive a Chrysler Pacifica or have an addiction to xanax and box wine, you're a far braver soul than I, and should be commended. Thumbs down.
22nd May, 2020
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Starts out with nice Jammy rose, some woods and cumin (perhaps it is the 'incense' AC they use)
But then very soon, a fruity shampoo accord takes over that kills the buzz.
Shampoo never really leaves but gets muted and the pepper +cumin become prominent.
Wish they did not went overboard with fruity florals.

Oh and there is no oud here - real or synthetic.

A pass

What is interesting is that they do have a decent Rose Oud - Gold 9. Simple and done right. With some Amber. They should get rid of Black Rose Oud or replace the content of the bottle with Gold 9.
06th June, 2018
I do not have any fancy reviews to give, but I will say a couple of things:

1. This fragrance is divine and I will eventually buy a bottle or split and;

2. This is the fragrance that all the people from the UAE purchase (about 7-10 bottles at a time), when they come to visit Baltimore because they insist that this is the real thing (oud) and I would imagine they know oud. We have many members of the royal family visit Baltimore due mainly to Hopkins, and they visit often. This fragrance is rarely in stock at my local Nordstrom's. Today, there were only two left.

I love the rose and oud combination, and enjoy many variations, but this one is quite special - I am not eloquent and educated enough yet to speak the language that could adequately describe the story of this scent, but I feel as though I have met a tall, dark handsome man in a candle-lit cafe somewhere in Southern Spain, and we are planning a luxurious trip to exotic places I've never experienced before.
16th January, 2015 (last edited: 18th January, 2015)
A nice dark jammy rose perfume that mixes its roses with a dark patchouli and a sweet strawberry candy smell. This is then overlaid with a huge glob of saffron. Upfront saffron always smells to me like a black leather motorcycle jacket, so the image I get from Black Rose Oud is that of leather soaked with a dark rose perfume like Portrait Of A Lady. Given time, the whole thing comes together to smell kind of chocolatey, like some sort of chocoalte/berry/rose flavored salt water taffy. I think it works as a unisex if you're comfortable with scents like Black Aoud.

This never develops the medicinal, rubbery, or fecal facets that I associate with oud, so I honestly think this was designed to appeal to oud fans without having any actual oud in it. But, thanks mainly to the patchouli and the saffron, it maintains a very dark, gothic feeling all day that's unconventional (especially for a designer release) but never too crazy, as long as you're comfortable in leathery saffron, though I can honestly see many mainstream non-perfumistas smelling this and thinking it's gross.
29th April, 2012
Big rose followed not by anything that I recognize as oud but rather something that is much more akin to saffron. In fact, the fragrance as a whole smells just like Persian saffron rice pudding, which is a delicious dessertóit is made with rice, sugar, rose water (i.e., rose hydrosol), and saffron. The whole thing comes out yellow when cooked, and it is usually decorated with pistachio shavings and ground cinnamon. Good to eat, but I do not want to smell this all day long.

If you want a true and far superior dark rose perfume, try LíArtisan Parfumeurís Voleur de Roses.

If you want a true and far superior oud perfume, try Le Laboís Oud 27.
04th April, 2012

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