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Obscure Oud (2016)
by Phuong Dang


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Year of Launch2016
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HousePhuong Dang
PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour

About Obscure Oud

Obscure Oud is a shared / unisex perfume by Phuong Dang. The scent was launched in 2016 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour

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At first, I didn't hold a lot of hope for this line. Prohibitively expensive, they're also the kinds of extremely complex, ever-evolving, long lasting perfumes that have to be tried on and that can't be done justice by a quick sniff at Barney's. Now that I've had a chance to fully try a few of these, I appreciate the line a lot more.

Obscure Oud is a practically perfect goth perfume. At its core, it's a violet perfume, but significantly darkened by forest woods and a touch of rubbery oud, while a complex sort of smoky blackbery jam sits on top. It's technically one of those jammy fruitchouli perfumes, but there's so much swirling around here that it feels really unfair to pigeonhole it as something that basic. It's simultaneously inky and leathery and fruity and gothic - imagine a heroine in a dark purple velvet corset-dress running through a dark forest being chased by dragons. If forced to make comparisons, this reminds me most closely of Feminite du Bois, but with the sparkling aldehydes replaced by a dark woody leathery undercarriage that completely changes the tone. It would likely also appeal to fans of Tom Ford's Noir de Noir, though Obscure Oud feels much more carefully crafted.

All that being said, I just have to comment that extrait concentrations are chemically constructed to be dabbed on a tiny drop at a time, so a giant spray bottle of extrait is ridiculous and actually a disservice to the perfume itself. A full spray of such high concentration knocks out the nose, leaving the scent much harder to enjoy (after multiple wears, I still think there may be an aldehyde sparkle that I just can't smell because of the molecular concentration), so I hope that this line may consider smaller Chanel/Patou-esque dab bottles at some point...
24th December, 2017 (last edited: 10th January, 2018)

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