Originally Posted by Dirtyylicous
Can anyone explain to me what oud is and smells like in the most simplest way please?
Oud smells like incense wood from an old wood tree that has a medicinal, slight camphorus antiseptic odor. Oud oil develops from the immune system reaction of the Acquilaria tree as it fights and defends itself from a fungus that grows on these particular types of evergreen tree. The dark sap filled center of the wood in these trees is the neutralized infection of the tree by its own immune system. Oud in its purest form smells medicinal to me and has a healing feel. There always seems to be other smells mixed into the "pure" oud oils so it is hard to identify what pure oud smells like. The other smells associated with natural oudh such as horse barn, cows, hay, pasture land, leaves, berries, nuts, flowers etc. come from the environment in which the wood lived before it was harvested and also from the process used to remove the oil from the wood. Some oud fragrance chemicals duplicate the burning incense of agarwood oud wood chips.
The smell of oud is an abstract thing because it gets blended with and covered up by all the other things that perfumers put into these perfumes.