Choco patchouli oud, with the indolic bone-structure of agarwood oil melting with cocoa beans to create a quite disturbing sort of “sweetish seasoned cheese” smell, with a bright whiff of floral notes and a perceivable base note of camphorous amber gris (the real one? It smells really good). The opening phase is quite bold and compelling, but once it tones down, Oud Lacquer becomes soon quite a dull sort of woody-gourmand scent all about balmy notes of cocoa beans, patchouli, a light woody oud note and flowers. The oud note is decent: nutty, woody, “oily” and just a tad “fecal”, but also much restrained overall – shortly, don’t expect a gorgeous blast of oud (as you would legitimately expect at this price range, I’d say...). Flowers and patchouli tame it down quite much. Finally, as other reviewers noted, the persistence is incredibly short. I would say that it’s a nice scent overall, and works decently for one hour or so, and then it’s gone. Not for this price, for me.
Appetizingly smelly upfront, this one feels cohesive in that all the parts work toward the common, goal. From the vial, I get a lot of styrax and cocoa, but on skin it’s more dirty oud and cocoa with a spray of leaves and florals over some crazy-pants botanical musk notes. It’s gourmand but in a way that won’t make you smell like a dessert tray or a teenager, this is a dark and brooding woody oud that’s not afraid to throw a few challenging notes your way. There’s a lot of rich and dynamic stuff going on here, and I’m assuming that this one costs several arms and legs to produce; but ultimately it’s a dedicated and uncompromising approach to oud and probably not well suited for those who prefer the safety of westernized “oud” scents. However, after just a couple of hours, it gets a bit saggy, turning into a less enthralling amber-y cedar-y with a touch of botanical musk, but given the materials involved—top shelf naturals—it’s life is short. It’s dense, challenging, engaging, and its one of the few ouds on the market to reflect the true nature of that material. But as with so many natural-centric scents, it lives fast and dies young.