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Garuda (2015)
by Jul et Mad

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Garuda information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseJul et Mad
PerfumerLuca Maffei

About Garuda

The fragrances is inspired by the "The splendor and opulence of the great Angkor civilization", and is part of Jul et Mad's "Les Whites" collection.

Garuda fragrance notes

Reviews of Garuda

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This opening is seriously beautiful: cumin with mandarin, bergamot a gently spicy peppery note mixed it very nicely with a background of saffron and a touch of fruitiness - beautifully made, with a touch of originality and very well structured.

The drydown sees a nice, distinct but never unpleasantly dominating oud, which is pleasantly counterbalanced by a boozy spirit note. The base adds a discrete amber with more wood and a soft and a touch sweetish patchouli; there is harshness here. Very exotic-oriental but with brighter moments and definitely not a dark or brooding mixture.

The performance is excellent, with strong sillage, excellent projection and over nine hours of longevity on my skin. Strong and soft, smooth but with good development - an great fragrance of superb balance for warmer autumn periods. 3.75/5
12th November, 2015 (last edited: 06th December, 2015)
great take on floral oud, good sillage and staying power, love the Oriental vibe!
03rd September, 2015
Garuda is not a bad fragrance per se, but I had been expecting so much more at this price point. The opening notes of cumin, rum, and orange are a drunken, sweaty pirate pleasure for a while, but then it all gets dunked in a bath of sugar syrup.

Actually, the sugary, boozey oud-vanilla feeling I get from Garuda is almost identical to what I get from Arabian cheapies such as Ameer al Oudh,Raghba Wood Intense and even 24 Gold. The sweetness and woodiness of Garuda are on par with those.

The Cambodian oud note, when I can isolate it, is lovely - honeyed, with hints of dried fruit, and darkly woody. I have no idea whether any real oud was used or not, but at this price, one can only hope...

Unfortunately, the delicate oud note used here is somewhat swamped by a charred, woody aromachemical called Timbersilk. After the first few hours, all I can smell is the Timbersilk.

For me, Garuda is therefore a rather pedestrian "Western" oud fragrance with a strong woody ambery chemical aftertaste, and although I'm sure the materials used are top notch compared to Arabian cheapies, the difference (in smell) is not so great as to justify the price demanded for the Jul et Mad version.

I know I'm in the minority here because everyone seems to be going ape%^& over Garuda, but honestly, I would rather go for any of the more honestly-priced Arabian cheapies over this, or save up for a really amazing Western oud interpretation, such as Oud Shamash by The Different Company or MFK Oud.



02nd September, 2015
Light oud with a slightly floral touch. Quality for sure. I might actually purchase a bottle of this. With all the notes, you would think this one would be a mess. Not the case here. Turns to a boozy rum and vanilla with a saffron background. 8/10
03rd August, 2015
garuda might be the biggest (pleasant) surprise of the year. i've been consistently underwhelmed by jul et mad, so you can understand my shock when this bolted out of the bottle with real conviction. suffice it to say that this is a boozy-saffron-oud of genuinely rare quality, balance and effervescence. it goes through a good three stages of development in its impressive skin life of at least 8 hours, all of them rich in mystery and satisfying comfort. this is the amouage/jerkoff masterpiece they could never quite get around to creating. probably the most successful blind buy i've ever had ...

9.5/10
16th July, 2015

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