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Having returned from a trip abroad, I remember seeing this fragrance gem at the airport. I didn't purchase it right away as I like to let fragrances develop on me first before buying.
12 November, 2013
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Wonderful combination of oud and rose.
After testing the whole 'Essenze' collection I finally decided that Indonesian Oud was my favourite; followed closely by Javanese Patchouli.
In my opinion, Indonesian Oud begins as it ends, with a wonderful and luxurious combination of rose and oud. It's a quite linear fragrance that in my experience doesn't really appear to behave in the traditional top, then heart, then base note structure. The only exceptions are a slight hint of bergamot citrus at the beginning which appears to fade quite quickly, and a gentle amber/myrh background. For those that are familiar with oud, they will recognise the slightly 'medicinal' traits that oud can sometimes display; but this is in no way a negative observation.
Apart from the beautiful scent itself, the biggest plus is the excellent longevity I get on my skin and clothes. Despite being only an EDT concentration, this lasts on me the whole day and right through until the next morning.
For those that care about such things, the packaging and presentation are also very nice. The simple, but elegant cube style heavy glass bottle is adorned with a glossy black metal base and a similar metal magnetic cap.
Although this is marketed for men, I suspect that this could very easily be worn by women. Considering the overall scent, longevity, performance & packaging, if I had to choose just one word to sum up my feelings it would be 'quality'. Two thumbs up!
Pros: Excellent longevity.
17 May, 2013