Originally Posted by PaulSC
I find the projection and longevity of Al Oudh to be excellent. I think it's quite a handsome scent, one that captures the warm and woody aspects of oud while downplaying its fermented/medicinal qualities. In my opinion it's Duchafour's best work. I hope you have a chance to try it for yourself.
This is pretty much how I see it, though the medicinal aspects are still there, to my nose anyway. It has similarities to Dzongkha (and it won't surprise me if it's very similar to Havana Vanille, which I have not yet tested). It's got that Duchaufour round, sweet doughiness. Smells like it could be an unusual and exotic dessert at a high end restaurant. It's also very much in the L'Artisan house style - the more recent and current style, that is, not the original style - so Patchouli Patch, Voleur de Roses, Fou, etc. - where the central note is not laid bare or amplified like Lutens often does, but woven into a the fragrance in a way that showcases certain facets of the focal note while downplaying others.
I like Al Oudh and think it's probably my favorite of Duchaufour's works, aside from Timbuktu. I'm just not sure it's the kind of thing that I'd wear all that often; but I'd probably wear it more than other oud perfumes as it's a little more versatile and forgiving. L'Artisans are all over the map for me in terms of longevity. Some last all day with ease, others are gone in an hour or two. I find that Al Oudh lasts well, usually a solid day, even in the heat, and I can get whiffs of it throughout the day, though it's not throwing off sillage like an 80s powerhouse or Black Aoud or anything - it wears closer to the skin than that.