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    Default I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud. I purchased a 10 ml sample for $48 because of all the great review about this one.... here's my take on this one... ok smells very unique... it has the leather oud and oud wood similarity, but this one sure gives me a bad headache. I read somewhere that bond added ISO super E to this one.... I think that's what it is.... what I don't get about harrods swarovski oud is that it also have this weird musky dirty clothes vibe. This fragrance just left me clueless why so many people refers to bonds best fragrance? I love ny oud, but am not too sure about harrods swarovski oud...
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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    I really love Harrods Oud. Leather Oud was always too dirty for my taste and Oud Wood turns a little sweet on the drydown. So when I tried Harrods Oud I found it the perfect balance of the two, so it was no brainer for me to pick up a bottle. Also, HO lasts 12+ hours on my skin. Will never be without a bottle.

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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    This was a blind buy for me a few years ago. Wasn't quite my style. I sold it about a year ago. It came off a bit skanky to me - along the lines of Dior Leather Oud. Has the petting zoo oud vibe that I don't care for.
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    Not a fan of this at all... Plenty of Bonds that smell better that's for sure... IMO of course!!!

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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    Quote Originally Posted by G.303 View Post
    Not a fan of this at all.
    Ditto.
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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    Yup, I don't like it either. I find this too barnyard animal for my tastes. Leather Oud, on the other hand, comes off on my as a leathery-woody-sweet concoction with a bit of animal (gorgeous), this one was all oudish bleu cheese on my skin (although not as bad as Xerjoff Zafar, that really does smell like bleu cheese).

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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    I don't get any barnyard from HO. It's very nice and has a permanent place in my collection. It's one of the better Western Ouds imo. I don't think its a good way to spray lots of near the head though.
    Leather oud has a noticeable skank factor which I don't find with HO.
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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    Iso e super seems to give me a headache too. This should be a lesson for you, as I've learned that I shouldn't "blind buy" anything fairly new, because of that possibility, unless it's nearly being given away! The other thing is that if you want an "oud scent" there's nothing wrong with "super cheapo," Oud Intense by Jovan. Don't think you have to give away your first born or wear "drug store dreck." It seems that too many BNers may buy into that kind of notion.
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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    You dont like it. Its just that simple.

    It smells like a filthy horse stall at first but not really in a bad way. Great fragrance to me. Not to you.
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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    It smells like a filthy horse stall at first but not really in a bad way.
    Huh. I have actually been in quite a few horse stalls in my life. Didn't realize they came any other way.
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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    You dont like it. Its just that simple.

    It smells like a filthy horse stall at first but not really in a bad way. Great fragrance to me. Not to you.
    Isn't the key question then, if that is accurate, whether a horse stall would give him a headache? LOL.

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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Huh. I have actually been in quite a few horse stalls in my life. Didn't realize they came any other way.
    Youre right. It smells like a regular horse stall. Not sure if Ive ever actually been in a horse stall but Ive seen them at the state fair.
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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Isn't the key question then, if that is accurate, whether a horse stall would give him a headache? LOL.
    If he stuck his nose right up to the floor and sniffed over and over and starting analyzing then it would probably give him headache too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    If he stuck his nose right up to the floor and sniffed over and over and starting analyzing then it would probably give him headache too.
    Well let's not cast aspersions against this budding aficionado! Unless he has never smelled another, don't we have to assume that this scent bothers him in a way that no other has?

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    Default Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    If you've ever smelled real oud oil, most of them have a 'dirty' smell. The Harrods Oud manages to convey the feel of that, in a fragrance version, along with a lot of other wonderful things (including iso-e-super).

    However you're lucky - everyone is jumping on the oud bandwagon so there's many many more oud-prominent scents to try and fall in love with.
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    I have pure cambodian oud and pure hindi oud from agar aura. Harrods Swarovski oud have no trace of Cambodian or Hindi Oud to my nose.. if there is oud... it's synthetic... I just smell dirty clothe and iso super e





    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    If you've ever smelled real oud oil, most of them have a 'dirty' smell. The Harrods Oud manages to convey the feel of that, in a fragrance version, along with a lot of other wonderful things (including iso-e-super).

    However you're lucky - everyone is jumping on the oud bandwagon so there's many many more oud-prominent scents to try and fall in love with.
    My Top 10

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    2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
    3. YSL M7
    4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
    5. Chanel Egoiste
    6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
    7. Amouage Epic Man
    8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
    10. Serge Lutens - Chergui



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