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L'Ombre Cachee opens with a blast of rubbery Oud that remains well into the heart notes and obscures just about everything else in its path. At times one can smell brief whiffs of natural cedar in the early heart, but the relatively opaque Oud does not allow much through. Supporting the dominant Oud and slight supporting cedar wood throughout is an underlying supporting dark smoldering incense accord that acts as the scent's backbone. In the late dry-down the Oud recedes just enough to allow a just slightly sweet amber to peek through before the overall fragrance gradually fades away. Projection is excellent and so is longevity at 11-12 hours on skin.
L'Ombre Cachee is all rubbery Oud all the time. There is not much going on that I could detect because all the supporting notes are just completely quashed by agar-wood assault. I have never been the greatest fan of Oud dominant fragrances (preferring it as either a supporting note or one that is so well-blended it doesn't call much attention to itself), so it should come as no surprise that L'Ombre Cachee with its dominant Oud focus did not really mesh with my tastes. The sparse supporting cedar that *was* detectable was quite nice, but there was so little of it I had to debate whether it was even worth a mention. My preferences aside, Oud fans that prefer the note as the sole focus may find there is a lot to love here and performance-wise this is the best from L'Antichambre I have sniffed by far. The bottom line is L'Ombre Cachee does not really do a good job of letting the supporting non-Oud notes/accords emerge from their overarching Oud shadow, yielding an above average but slightly disappointing 2.5 to 3 star out of 5 rating on the whole. Not recommended, except to Oud fanatics.