I'm sure I'll have more to bleat about this elsewhere in the forum, but my Eden Botanicals $2 samples arrived today, and of course the first one I yanked out was their CO2 oud-Inspired Product.
Originally Posted by Abdul_Qa'im
...As far as their CO2 oud, I'm not a big fan..
It could be my weird chemistry, but I didn't really get a lot of "longevity," after
Originally Posted by SeaninDubh
wading through the 'barnyard hour'
although it was certainly a very pretty oudesque smell, when the last teensy bits of Legacy Yesterouds I have are gone, I can't really see this as taking their place.
On a more positive note, I really like the Vanuatu sandalwood! Though it is far from cheap, it is at least obtainable, and when my last little bit of Mysore Ancient of Days wends its inevitable way onto my skin and into the atmosphere, I think this is the one that will assume that throne on the shelf.
A couple of people here found it harsh, but on me it isn't at all, after about 6 hours or so, it goes through a sort of smoky phase for a little while, then settles back down into blissful creamy dreamy sandalwoodhood and stays there until I wash it off, just like it's supposed to.
And - if you layer it with a little smudge of the CO2 cultured or clonealized or synthesized or whatever it is oud-adjacent substance, it makes the oud smell last longer, and waltzes gracefully around with it!
So, as it stands now, I will definitely get some of the Vanuatu sandalwood, and probably another $2 drop of the CO2oud, but if you have $, you will probably be happier getting a $20 drop of one of ham firl's various offerings...