Well, I hate to say this, and I'm sure you'll all say I am obviously have an immature nose, hopefully you will appreciate alternative views, but after months and months of delaying trying this (as I thought I'd love it and wouldn't be able to afford it) I sprayed a big pump of this on the back of my hand in Les Senteurs the other day...
Now let me start by saying I recently sampled Mona's Vetyver and Vanille recently.
I hated both of them, and I really didn't want to! I love the look of the Mona line, I love the notes lists, I love the passion people share for her fragrances.
Vetyver for me had this sweaty five spice note on top of the vetiver that came across as breathy, slightly foody, and completely unappetizing.
Vanille had a slightly eggy note (I know that sounds ridiculous) and I tried to leave it out of my review on this fragrance because I wanted to love it, but I just couldn't. Something in the drydown of both I found repulsive.
So back to the Oud, I had the same problem. The oud just wasn't enough, and I'm not the type who always wants to be blown away with bandaid, I love the thought of a delicate oud note, but it was just... oh it was just pale, and neither here nor there. The breathy, dense quality that I find repulsive of in all her bases was there also which I was gutted by, I really didn't want to smell this in Oud but it was there. I guess just like Tauer-ade, this is her Mona-aid, and TO ME, it is really grim.
I'm very disappointed, I'm sure this is captivating to some people and I am jealous of the people who love this fragrance.
For me, it just didn't work at all.
And I hate to finally say it but, Mona, I don't like your fragrances
Ah well, all these people paying £300+ for this bottle I'm sure she doesn't care for my poxy opinion