Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir is a simple in structure accord of synthetic agarwood, smoked woods (I suppose patchouli, may be a touch of vetiver too), spicy resins, neroli and leather. Sweet or dry spices (saffron, black pepper and nutmeg in particular) provide an exotic-incensey "arabian nights evoking" aura around the wearer which smells mostly about smoked woods civilised by sweet misty resins. The Oud Noir's opening is slightly intoxicating, somewhat citric fresh, vaguely earthy-angular and oudish-incensey (in to a misty, barely rubbery and smokey way). The soothing role of leather starts almost immediately to jump up and smokiness waves plain over a finally smooth spicy leather, despite the aroma performs in a surprisigly wearable and subtle (vaguely fresh) way (not an oppressive oudish accord at all). This creation is anyway neither original (scents a la Alyssa Ashley Oud Pour Lui, Ysl M7 Oud Absolu and Tom Ford Oud Wood jump on mind for several of their characteristics) nor particularly articulated, being just a pleasant synthetic appealing take on a spicy-incensey oudh/leather accord. Leather is well blended providing the olfactory experience with a contemporary urban twist. A " bar cafe type of fragrance", a juice for special intimate winter moments inside cozy places. Not so much to add.
This for me is the smell of Arabia.
This resembles Tom Ford's Oud Wood, however there are notes in VpHON that do it for me more so than TFOW.
Growing up in West Africa, when muslims returned from Haj in Saudi, there was a certain smell that was unique to the al-Hajis and VpHON is it.
This will be my refernece oud, not because it is spectacular but because it reminds me of my childhood. I have been looking for it, and I am glad I've found it.
I am not impressed with it.it smells highlty generic and ordinary for me.oud is main note from beginning until the end and it is so dominant but not in a special way.the scent is not too heavy.like most of versace perfumes nice opening and disappointing finish.the dry down is so weak on my skin.
maybe it can be a great choice for someone who likes oud scent but he doesent had another something experience.the price is too expensive in this price you have better choice of oud scent.anyway only bottle and packaging looks nice for me.
Longevity?Weak on my skin.
12th June, 2015 (last edited: 23rd June, 2015)
I rank this right up there with Creed's Royal Oud for a clean oud fragrance. I absolutely love the blending of this. Smell wise this fragrance hits it out of the park. It does resemble Tom Fords Oud Wood, but that's just a reference. The leather and saffron in the dry down is where I really appreciate and am glad I own this one. It's going for less than 1/3 or it's retail price now and is well worth owning a bottle. Easy thumbs up.
I don't get much oud from this. It starts fairly fruity (apple?) And morphs into something oud-like. More of a leather technically. Not bad, but not something I would buy or recommend.