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    Default Do You LIKE Oud?

    I'm not 100% convinced that I do. It has a vaguely medicinal quality to it that, I imagine, can be off-putting to some people. I definitely don't appreciate its aromatic qualities to say, leather, florals, spices, vetiver, incense, vanilla, amber, and other traditional notes. I do like it's deep, resinous and long-lasting qualities, though

    I've tried various oils from different houses and a few of Montale's products. I'm wearing Montale's Attar from a new decant as my SOTE, and trying to determine if I like it enough to purchase a full bottle led to this question. Probably not, if I have to question it.

    Most of the threads on this subject center around which HOUSE makes a better oud. My question is different: assuming that you've procured a high-quality product, do you LIKE it?
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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    I'm still learning about (and struggling with) this note. It is odd, off-putting, medicinal, quirky. And yet it is languid, piercingly pure, mood-altering. It is totally unlike anything else... and that is a good quality, I think.
    I can't say I love it, yet. But I am coming to appreciate it. I would only wear it once in a while. But it intrigues me.
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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    I sure do. It takes some interaction to really get it, but once you do, it's a comforting, familiar scent that makes you smile when you smell it. It has massive development and such a good ride it is.

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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    Once I smelled pure aoud oil, something inside of me 'clicked' and I love it now.

    Of course, there are badly done aoud scents (I despise some of the Montale's and I have always hated M7), but the aoud note as a category (and as a note) I love.

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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    I like it. But it is clear that not all ouds smell alike. And my perception of quality oud in western fragrance may not well align to tastes in Asia/Middle Eastern countries.
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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    I love it. Thanks to Montale.

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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    I like oud when it's paired with something, but in general, I don't have enough experience of it to say whether I like it pure. I've never smelled pure oud oil.

    It's not a holy grail note, the way, say, clove, tuberose and myrrh are for me, but if well used I can quite enjoy it.

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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    After much consideration I can honestly say... no, I don't like it. I can't live with it, it's a scrubber for me.
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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    Yes, I do love it.
    Mostly in pure oil, for the pleasure of myself. Me, I and Myself.
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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    Yes, I do love oud a lot, especially Arabian oud.
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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    Yes, love it. But not in perfume - which is mostly synthetic oud anyway - I prefer the pure oil.
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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    well, firstly...i think ur mistakin Attar for a oudh based scent.... if u really wanna know wht Oudh smells like (within montale line) thn Black oudh and oudh lime along with royal oudh are good starting points.

    Attar has no oudh in it...Attar is a combo of rose, sansalwood and honey (tradionally). the medicinal note in the opening is the blast of sandalwood oil.

    in scents like, oudh damascus, white oudh, oudh shiny etal, th oudh content is toned down quite a bit since not many take to oudh all tht easily. and its done by using oudh is a very effective and smart way..

    Oudh is pretty strong in nature snd has a unique quality to it, it's holographic depth in in terms of its woody aroma. with careful application you will find some love for this note. even if you dont, it's not very hard to understans why.
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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    I havent smelt oud oil before, nor any Montales. My first exposure to oud was via YSL's M7, which i tried to like but just couldn't. Then i recently got Aoud (Homme) by M Micallef, and it is one of the most surreal scents i have experienced. If M Micallef's Aoud is a good representation of oud (any comments? no thread-crash intended), then yes, i like oud.
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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by Butthead53 View Post
    Most of the threads on this subject center around which HOUSE makes a better oud. My question is different: assuming that you've procured a high-quality product, do you LIKE it?
    I would try the pure oud oils first, especially the sweet/soft/fruity Indonesian ones to understand what the real thing smells like. There's an amazing variety of notes, types and overall vibes between different types of oud and it's worth trying some good representative of each genre, or least a few of the high-quality Indonesian, Indian and Cambodian ones. You may be surprised to find out that many of them smell absolutely nothing like the "oud" in M7 or Montales. And their depth, power and complexity is something to be appreciated.

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    i am odd....i hate aoud i hate rose but i like aoud and rose together alot. the other montales like aoud lime are vile. but black aoud and white aoud with the aoud rose combo is incredible

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    whn it comes to rose, i only liked it in Oudh Damascus. lovely stuff.

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    i love it!

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    Default Re: Do You LIKE Oud?

    no. it smells like my aged red-toothed aunt in india. BLEURGH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by everso View Post
    no. It smells like my aged red-toothed aunt in india. Bleurgh!
    lmao :d

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    lmao :d
    lol. you know it's true jenson! you know EXACTLY what i'm talkin bout!

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