This is one of the best quality Rose/Aoud combinations that I have ever smelled. It opens with a warm Ambergris and rose, sweetened by the amber and the fig. The Aoud is warm also. This isn't a sterile cold Rose/oud, It is sweet, bright, and warm.
Seemingly one of Roja Dove's most consensus celebrated fragrances of late, Amber Aoud is a lovely blend of oud, rose, patchouli, and sandalwood (mainly, to my nose) that again puts Roja in the danger zone of ascribing a name to a fragrance that isn't quite on point, as the amber in this is not one of the most dominant notes to my nose.
Rather, Amber Aoud comes off far more as an offshoot of a rose/oud pairing that we're so accustomed to seeing, but to Roja's credit, this is somewhat of a departure from the usual blend; it's more complex, more intriguing, though I have a difficult time detecting most of the notes in the breakdown apart from the abovementioned few.
It's decidedly unisex, leaning feminine not from the rose but one of the other ingredients, perhaps the saffron or (presumably simulated) civet, though I've heard the latter smells fecal rather than pretty, so I'm left simply guessing, but the smell I get is something along the cosmetics/lipstick smell so often linked to Dior Homme Intense or Chanel Coromandel (or less famously, Tom Ford Arabian Wood).
Performance is very strong, as expected, but for this Roja Dove price, it's difficult to stomach, at $795 for 100ml or $480 for 30ml retail. Still, an interesting try.
7 out of 10
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say this came out of the same machine that makes the Clive Christian stuff. It’s your standard ostentatious rose / oud / saffron combo that’s so rich and overstuffed it feels like being force-fed truffles. The only noticeable difference from the slew of other scents in this style is that this one is spun a tad sweeter up top with a slight maltol-esque note, and there’s a slight smokiness tucked away in there as well. Aside from that, there’s nothing that makes this stand out from legions of other Orientalist compositions doing the same thing. Polished and competent, but redundant and blingy; it’s a gaudy aesthetic that would go well with massive gold jewelry and rhinestone-encrusted clothing.
It starts off with a lovely high quality sensual oud aroma which is soon joined by a rose note. These opening notes are coupled with some citrus to give the scent a uplifting feel. At this stage it does smell very nice.
Underneath the plush and sensual fresh Oud accord I can detect some jasmine adding to the lovely overall effect but more in a supporting roll.
After a good while it becomes more complex with floral and other notes.
All in all a classy fresh posh and sensual oud fragrance supported by a host of notes making you feel like a billionaire. Good stuff!
A masterpiece! By far the best oud fragrance I have ever smelled. Worth every penny.