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Oud Palao (2015)
by Diptyque

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Oud Palao information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 72 votes)

People and companies

HouseDiptyque
PerfumerFabrice Pellegrin
Parent CompanyManzanita

About Oud Palao

Oud Palao is a shared / unisex perfume by Diptyque. The scent was launched in 2015 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin

Reviews of Oud Palao

Oud Palao (2015) is the second coming of Balenciaga Pour Homme (1990), and for all you older guys fighting over surviving bottles of the latter, put that in your pipe and smoke it after paying a visit to the Diptyque counter to give this wonderfully masculine oud and rose a sniff. Doing so may not change your mind about hunting down bottles of Balenciaga Pour Homme, because the compulsion to be the last man on Earth wearing the sacred unicorn blood is a hysteria I'll never fully comprehend, but for the more practically-minded person that just wants to "smell that way" and doesn't care about the source, this is more than an adequate substitute. With that having been said, this is surely not a Balenciaga Pour Homme clone, and it's really just the naturalness of the oud mixing with generous florals that cause such an assertive comparison. Oud Palao is it's own fragrance top to bottom, it's just nothing of this type has really been released by a Western perfumer -since- Balenciaga Pour Homme, and there has been quite a few rose oud perfumes from the west since then, just check Montale's inventory if you don't believe me. However, this is the kind heady oud-based juice you won't see much outside the Middle East anymore, and when Balenciaga packaged it as a masculine back in 1990, nobody really "got it". The skanky barnyard oud is here in full force, with a civetone "beautiful grossness" to it that makes Oud Palao a more-mannered Dior Leather Oud (2010) without the leather note.

No leather note in Oud Palao means it won't quite feel like you've stumbled into a homoerotic leather bar a la The Eagle (been to two of them, sad to see many of them closing), but you will definitely get the crotch funk blast of the oud in the beginning until it settles down to a simmering animal growl that sits begrudgingly alongside a brighter cypriol note that holds hands with civetone. From here, the extremely beautiful Bulgarian rose becomes the beacon of the fragrance, with creamy sandalwood and vanilla offerring a rich, but more-relaxed segue into a heady base of patchouli, cistus labadanum, olibdanum, and musk. There is absolutely no rest or reprieve from that oud, which in some ways makes it even more potent than the long-dead Balenciaga Pour Homme, because at least with that scent there is a bit more in the floral department to give some sense of gentlemanly poise, like a hornier cousin to Calvin Klein Obsession for Men (1986) that still keeps it's clothes on despite great temptation to the contrary. Oud Palao makes no false pretense about it's lurid nature, and really is only bested in that department by something of such a high plateau in the virility department as Leather Oud, which is never really appropriate to wear ever. At least with Oud Palao, you can kinda get away with wearing it during Pride Week, or vacation in Ibiza where everyone is trying to wear the least amount of clothing on purpose (for reasons I need not detail). This stuff is wild to the core, but also a bit more relaxed with it's libatious nature, so it's number two in my "kick the tires and light the fires" list of scents to wear when you just don't care anymore. Fabrice Pellegrin must have just had so much fun making this, I'm almost certain of it, and I guess this can be considered his preemptive apology for making Azzaro Wanted (2016).

There you have it folks: this sits somewhere between the extinct Balenciaga and niche-level Dior examples of Oud, and you know what? I find this is actually better than the Balenciaga and really the only reason to still wear that one without trying this is that you're just so dyed-in-the-wool stubborn about vintage juices that you stopped caring about anything made after 1995 anyway. Granted, this one isn't the cheapest thing around but it's cheaper than the aforemention Maison Christian Dior offering, and has a beautiful rose note which neither scent possesses so this definitely crosses the streams between rose/oud fans, virile oud-based scent fans, vintage-style fragrance fans, and guys who miss unapologetic masculine compositions in general. For fans of all the above (like me), this is a perfect storm in a bottle, and instantly on my hit list. Warning to the wise: this is a very challenging fragrance, and although I love stuff like this, the majority of folks do not, so my gushing really should read like a red flag if conservative "compliment getters" are really your style, because this is so very much not one of those at all. If songs like Jake Shears' "Bushy Mustache" speak to you more than the average fella, then welcome home my friend. this may just become your new favorite signature scent, just don't use it in the dead of summer, pretty please. Nuclear radiation wishes it had sillage this good, but I guess it had better for the price Diptyque is asking.
27th August, 2018 (last edited: 28th August, 2018)
I am very fond of Oud Palao. It is fast becoming one of my favorite perfumes and is one of the best Rose/Oud combos I have come across thus far. The oud is rich and a bit skanky in the opening, which I really like and the rose is deep, rich and sensuous. I get excellent projection and longevity. This one is a solid 5 stars for me.
02nd June, 2018
I hated this the first time I smelled it, but after it dried down I was in love. This is pure rose! Nothing like Calligraphy Rose, which has more incense. I have been the subject of very positive compliments while wearing this. Initially what turned me off was that dark, fecal smell, but it's the dry down which changes everything about this. Projection is very good and you'd be well warned not to spray this on clothing- it will be there the next day. Don't blind buy it, you really need to get your nose on it first and then decide.
24th April, 2018
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You're roughing it in a thick forest, setting up camp with your loved ones. It's late fall and it had been raining for the past few days, so your campsite is still damp all over. It's also dense with rotten, fallen tree trunks and dead leaves, which give you a thick and organic atmosphere. There aren't too many mosquitoes out, but you decide to plant some camphor candles to repel unwanted insects from trespassing. The ladies, who hate that smell, put out some tiny vanilla candles in an attempt to mask it. You shrug, wondering if that defeats the purpose, and you start to get to work on making a fire. You leave camp and quickly give up, disappointed in that you can only find damp logs and branches. After returning and dropping off your findings, you decide it's time to take a break. You unfold a chair and sit down, pull out a cigar, and run it under your nose. Oud Palao by Diptyche.
25th February, 2018
wow! this is the synthetic perfume that get closest to the natural oil in terms of smell!
I like that rotten wood note in the opening and then it s quite wearable .... 1 spray is too much an lasts for over 12 hours...
maybe there's also something like an ambergris synthetic in it..like cetalox or something...
the drydown is very stale and I suggest to dilute the stuff 1/2.. so 75 ml perfume and 75ml everclear alcohol ...you'll get a better scent without that strong stale note!

17th February, 2018
I don't like Oud. Hammams and sand dunes just don't go with every day life for me. If I want that I will jump on Emirates and go and visit the Al Maha resort get sprayed with it in the spa and and rent a Nissan Patrol or Mitsubishi Pajero and rumble off into the desert or go sit in the bar at the Burj Khalifa and smell it on everyone there as they get hunted down by the Russian prostitutes. Or indeed do the same in the jacuzzi at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers here in London.
But this is a comforting moorish yet subtle Oud with a paradox of freshness lifting it and preventing it from becoming cloying and turning it into a real treat.Not quite dry as i read in another review but I know what he meant. I would say perfectly focused. Still not sure if I would wear it but I really like it.
This is perfectly unisex and for me I would love to smell very small amounts of this on a lady. Sweet, sexy, earthy yet subtle.
Nicely done.

Fragrance: 4/5
Projection: 4/5
Longevity: 4/5
28th January, 2018

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