It took me a while to be won over by this one. A distraction was my earlier experience of the Robert Piguet Oud (a not entirely successful, somewhat medicated sticking plaster and plasticene creation) which seemed to have taken its cue from this perfume. A second problem was its smoothness this thing is buffered to an inch of its life, it can be difficult to get a grip on something so supremely cushioned. But over the length of a day I was impressed by its persistence and found myself enjoying it for what it was. Thus I have returned for repeat wears. In trying to do some justice to its essential nature I came up with numerous descriptors that would suggest a degree of amorphousness fog, milkiness, a mauve on mauve painting but ultimately found they were not true to the experience. So I have to settle for the rather more prosaic judgment that this perfume has presence but is unemphatic, not something many of us expect from an oud; it has plenty of volume but is resolutely not operatic. So apart from the extreme roundedness of its oud note what else maintains the equanimity? Theres a solid but muted patchouli doing the groundwork here; somewhat sweet, with plenty of backbone, but not piercing or vegetal or earthy. I think the elemi mentioned in the notes list is also an important player with its range of tones (pine-like, lemony, balsamic) half-revealed, dabs in a pointillist landscape swirling in musks. The spice is briefly peppery to begin with, but later has more of a dry wood aspect that marries perfectly with the oud it is a low murmur. A somewhat gummy sweetness that is a bit of a Kurkdjian trademark sits easily in the mix. On the scale from cool to warm, this is almost exactly in the middle, just a touch towards the warmer end. Its wearability is not in doubt and I do enjoy it; its the airbrushed smoothness that wrongfoots me. Ill leave it to those who can embrace that more readily. Funnily, more is more with this oud I found the experience went up quite a few notches when I sprayed myself a bit more liberally. Traces on my scarf smell heavenly the following day.
Oud by Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 2012
Rated #1340 in Fragrances
Though i'm really about done with Oud, I like this. Its not all in your face.
To the western nose this is a very unique scent, but this scent will be very familiar to those from the Northern India and Pakistan, where one of my good friends is from. It smells EXACTLY like "paan" masala , a candied rosy, oudy, fragrant molasses wrapped in betal leaves. Its decent but nothing great, especially considering its ridiculous price tag.
If you want to pay hundreds for the scent of a woman's shampoo or hairspray, buy this. But if you want Oud then buy a pure oud oil
Too much hype for something that is quite common and vulgar. Nothing special and sometimes even sort of disgusting stuff.
I am particularly fond of this fragrance. It's charming. The saffron isn't sweet, and the patchouli is not filthy. On top of that, thankfully, the Oud isn't at all absent. It's not an Oud dominant, by any means, but it's there. It has a long life on my skin, and it transforms all day long. It's slightly ashy, but not burnt, and definitely not powdery. It really does develop different characters with each hour, But somehow it remains linear and faithful to it's simplicity.
The smoothest Oud fragrance ever. Very nice.
Mason Francis Kurkdjian Oud. MFK oud is a very easy to wear higher pitched but very smooth oud fragrancing. There are no bold or animalic notes of any kind. No harshness, no shrill or medicinal aspects. Why MFK Oud is so much higher in pitch than most oud blends is a mystery. It wouldn't surprise me if there were unstated florals such as carnation or osmanthus hidden within the folds of this beauty. The stated notes of the composition are: Elemi resin, saffron, Atlas cedar wood, patchouli, oud. The fragrance has a fine grained smooth sheen of a satin fabric milled of oud and lemony incense woods. There is a slight finish that is the very softest suede leather for the base. This is an unusual and well balanced fragrance that is so finely crafted it has me looking for claims it was quadruple filtered. How else can it be so smooth? rating: 4.0 / 5.
A very refreshing Oud paired with saffron and patchouli, I like this as the Oud has a candy like quality to it.
Horrendous composition. This is NOT what an Oud scent should smell like. Montales are much better for half the price. If you want to own an expensive oud scent, try Mond Di Orio's Oud or Roja Dove Aoud.
Oud by Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 2012
|By||Maison Francis Kurkdjian|
|Notes||Laotian oud, cedar, patchouli, saffron|
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