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Oud Essentiel (2017)
by Guerlain

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Oud Essentiel information

Year of Launch2017
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 24 votes)

People and companies

HouseGuerlain
PerfumerThierry Wasser
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Oud Essentiel

Part of the Absolus d’Orient Collection

Oud Essentiel fragrance notes

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  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Oud Essentiel

Synthetic oud, which seems to straddle the line between the medicinal and rubbery variety. Reminiscent of the oud in Leather Oud. I like the sharpness that the saffron brings in the begining. The rose here is more tame than in other rose/ouds I have smelled, which lends this a more easily worn masculine vibe. It has a brown leather feel in the middle. The overall impression is a somewhat less "horse stables" Dior Leather Oud. Smells high quality, not cheap. I don't feel like there are any rough edges. Longevity and projection are both good. The dry down 4-12 hours later is a nice fake wood accord.
20th March, 2019
This is a beautiful scent for lovers of wearable ouds. It's not harsh or challenging as some synthetic or higher-end real ouds can be - no 'Barnyard' or 'Skank' here, to my nose. It's not cheap (but not exclusively elitist) so there may be some real oud in it but this is tempered by a touch of rose, saffron, and resins. A reasonably strong leather note reigns in the harsher elements of the oud also, as well as the presence of Cedar, another wood note perhaps diluting the potential of Argarwood to overwhelm.
I love Guerlain's perfumes. This particular fragrance's sister, Santal Royale, is equally good, but quite similar in many respects, but I ended up going for this one out of the two.
It lasts for a long time on my skin and has a continual billowing energy wafting it around, although this does not fill the room or cause folk to edge away, at least not in my experience. Having said that, it would be easy to overspray with this.
Overall. a lovely, quality blend for the cooler months and/or special evenings. Captivating.
07th February, 2019
It took a few wears for Oud Essentel to win me over. Despite not being listed in the notes, I now think it's probably the best rosemary perfume I've ever smelled.

In terms of smell, there's a bunch of rosemary, backed up with pine. Pretty much everything you'd expect from a European oud perfume is also there (rubbery oud, saffron, rose, and a pinch of "woody amber" chemical haze), but they mostly fade into a charred campfire smell that fuses with the rosemary (at first) and pine (later) to give everything a burnt charcoal vibe.

My parents used to have an outdoor fireplace surrounded by rosemary bushes and during parties, I used to pick rosemary branches and throw them into the fire - I loved the acrid burning rosemary smell and Oud Essentiel does a great job bringing back those memories.
04th July, 2018
Smoky leather perfect combined with a discrete rose note. After a while I can smell only the leather and after 8 hours it´s still there. This scent is, along with Cuir by Le Galion, the Holy Grail of the smoky, manly leather fragrances.
Cuir needs about 12 hours to settle down and show the main leather note, Guerlain Oud Essentiel does it after one hour and stays linear until the end of days. Nuclear projection and longevity. After 10 hours and a shower I can still smell it.
27th December, 2017 (last edited: 08th January, 2018)
This reminds me of Songe d'un Bois d'Ete. Cedar and leather are the common notes I see listed. Both of these Guerlains remind me of cumin. This isn't my sort of thing, and wearing it feels like a lost day of enjoying perfume.

Frankincense becomes more prominent in the base, and it's nicer than the first several hours.
09th October, 2017 (last edited: 10th October, 2017)
In a sea of harsh ouds, Thierry Wasser came up with a gentler oud. Oud here has been muted and tamed with saffron and rose, and diffused by bergamot and geranium. Once the bergamot and the geranium leaves, leather, cumin, honeyed rose and saffron remain. In the final drydown, a smoky leather accord remains and lingers, with only a small hint of rose and still, lots
of saffron.
It is actually quite hard to tell if TW used real oud or used an olfactory illusion to create the illusion of oud using rose, cumin, leather, saffron and a woody accord, and for that, i am quite impressed. Usually oud cannot be tamed even by rose and saffron as it dominates everything as it unfolds, but in here, you get the rose and saffron still. A petroleum-like note is present, the note that you would get from actual oud, but still, inconclusive. This is not a heavy oud, but a light, airy one, making one to wonder if real oud is present. The scent itself is basically based on the generic oud recipe: oud, rose, saffron, musk which you will smell when you walk in to any arab attar shops, but with a western twist.

Compared to the cheaper arab perfumes (not the attars) who have attempted to do something similar, but whose perfumes often smell weak and watered down, and the oud note is barely noticable, Oud Essentiel manages to achieve the equilibrium of modulating the fecal aspects of oud while allowing it to shine throughout the composition, and gives it the complexity which is the signature of french perfume.

I doubt someone from the middle east buying this as they prefer their ouds to be animalic and strong, but i do see non arabs buying this for their oud on training wheels scent. Recommended if you need an oud scent but nothing else can satisfy your senses.
16th July, 2017

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