Eagerly awaited the arrival of this (rather large) sample of Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud. A very very pretty & easy rose & oud wear. I could see this one becoming a real hit with someone just experimenting with oud fragrances.
Overall, this is a lovely fragrance but disappointing. Not much to say. Opens with moderate oud & rose notes...some spice (clove). Remains pretty constant through dry down with oud, rose & clove. A bit creamy in the end, which I suppose is the praline.
Fell rather "flat" on my skin. Pretty but not great. Not much projection or silage, which I like in a perfume. I do not want to be over-bearing when I wear perfume; however, I want to know I have some fragrance on (especially at these prices, which are moderate actually).
Longevity is average to not great but typical based on my experiences with EDP in this price range/category. Wears close to the skin. Definitely great for someone who is a bit shy about wearing perfume, especially an oud. Delicate all the way. After 30 minutes or so, I could barely tell I had applied perfume.
A lovely perfume. Just not distinctive enough for my tastes. Do not think I'll be purchasing this one.
Rose and oud are indeed a classic combination and let me tell you, it blends amazing. If you have ever watched Sting's 'Desert Rose' videoclip, it'll remind you of that oriental, arabic-like juice of Jo Malone. It is strong and it lasts up to 16 hours on my skin and its projection is fair; up to 4 hours. I have to say it is a quite sweet and very well-balanced fragrance. If you like perfumes such as Tom Ford's Oud Wood I'd suggest you'd give this one a try as it is way sweeter than the former. If you prefer non-sweet perfumes, then you shouldn't go for it.
02nd March, 2015 (last edited: 05th March, 2015)
Rose and Oud are common notes and this is a very agreeable pairing in Velvet Rose & Oud. Not too risky, not too bold, and just the right amount of sweet. The fragrance is relatively linear, which I don't strictly consider a bad thing. I have a difficult time detecting the clove specifically but there is a mild spiciness to it that accompanies the sweet.
Longevity is a disappointing for an item priced as an EDP (categorized "cologne intense" in a small group in contrast to most of their fragrances, which are categorized simply as colognes), at $155 per 100ml. Even as an EDT, it would be a little disappointing, as the fragrance is all but gone for me after 7 hours, a workout, and shower. Perhaps without the shower and workout it would have remain a skin scent for another few hours, but otherwise, it's all but completely gone. I haven't tried any of their normal colognes but possess samples of a couple, so I imagine this doesn't bode well for those, though they're priced more moderately than the cologne intense at $120 per 100 ml, $60 per 30 ml.
Given the abundance of rose/oud fragrances out there, this doesn't seem to be a likely buy, but is certainly worth trying if you're a fan of that duo and aspire for a relatively simple take on them. Overall, very pleasant fragrance, good for both day or night, and while I can see most regarding this as a cold weather scent, I see it having year-round potential, especially given the underwhelming concentration.
7 out of 10
04th February, 2015 (last edited: 05th February, 2015)
I tried this one and loved it. It is not really strong yet really earthy with a bit of spice. I have Red Roses which I love but I think this is more my style. Nothing is overdone. The sillage is moderate and the longevity is not really long but I can't stop thinking I need this one.
Reviewing a rose/oud (or, more generally, a rose/incense) fragrance is like reviewing a hamburger or a white T-shirt: there's approximately 12 million of them out there, so inevitably you need to consider not just its inherent quality but also its relative quality. In this regard, Jo Malone's Velvet Rose & Oud is possibly the best rose/oud I've encountered yet, for 2 reasons.
1) Does what it says on the tin. There are 12 million rose/ouds because rose + oud is a great combination. But too many of these fragrances try to get creative with the combination, when really all you want is rose and oud and nothing else. (I'm side-eyeing YOU, Montale.) In this regard, VR&O is a clear winner: you get those two things and pretty much nothing else, and both the oud and rose smell high-quality. Longevity is quite good here; it's a linear fragrance but that's exactly the point!
2) Price. At the time of writing, this costs $145/100ml, making it by far the cheapest of the rose/incense fragrances I know of. As far as I can tell, VR&O uses the same synthetic oud base that most other oud fragrances use. There's nothing wrong with this base - it smells good - but it's also not something you should be paying, say, Tom Ford prices for.
11th January, 2014 (last edited: 12th January, 2014)