Like many people I at first thought that oudh was overrated & a big stupid hype & to be obtained in it`s pure, romantic, natural form only by ultra-rich Sheikhs and Oligarchs ;-) But hell - synthetic, mass-market quickies or not: most of these oudh-samples just smelled god damn good. Even those with this uuugly aluminium-elox-can.
In early spring I finally checked some oudhs like Montale, MFK, Tom Ford, etc. and especially liked the ones which were combined with notes like rose/patchouli/even bergamotte ... . The salesman brought a bottle of Sand Aoud and one of Czech & Speake`s Dark Rose which were a little similar.
I totally liked the Mancera of which I never heard before because of its nice, comforting, boozy feel and there was MUCH going on in the drydown. It was one of those perfume-movies many masterpieces have (for ex. LADDM, Narcisse Noir, Anthracite, Mitsouko etc.). So I bought it.
Later I heard people lamenting about marketing stupidities & strange similarities. I learned my lesson through this - even if I knew already: Just follow your NOSE. To make it short: Don`t know what Mancera is - do I really want to? - but Sand Auod to me is near to magic. And here in Germany it`s a bargain compared with others ... Nice evening!
Edited by Eule - 7/27/13 at 3:46pm