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    Default Oud scents that actually smell good -

    Hey guys,

    Not a big fan of Oud scents partly because, for me, since I like compliments, I never get any with this one especially from my wife....

    The ONLY one my wife really likes on me is Oud from MFK....THe dirty, rooty kind of oud scents doesn't wear well down here in the Florida heat and can become very cloying....The ADP Colonia Intense Oud is a prime example of Oud scents that simply stink to me...Most of the Montales are pretty bad too. The Tom Ford Oud scents (i.e. Our Wood) don't do too well and what I'm finding is that the Oud scents to me that I love and actually smell good are Oud scents that are mixed with something like Saffron or other notes....Somehow these mixtures seem to take the harshness out of straight Oud notes and actually make it wearable...

    Are there any out there that you guys might recommend that you have had good luck with?
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    Oud Alif by Shay and Blue is a nice oud with prominent saffron. Heart notes feature a dark chocolate with a nice leather base. Only issue would be how it performs in your location. Worth your while checking this one out.

    Edit: I think hednic found this one a little hard to come by in the states.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adam090273 View Post
    Oud Alif by Shay and Blue is a nice oud with prominent saffron. Heart notes feature a dark chocolate with a nice leather base. Only issue would be how it performs in your location. Worth your while checking this one out.

    Edit: I think hednic found this one a little hard to come by in the states.
    Yes I have ordered fragrance before from Shay and Blue...I believe it was Sicilian Lime and I had to pay exuberant amounts of money for shipping....It's a great house, though, and certainly would love to smell this one....
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    Many, but I'll suggest a recent one I just got - Oud Saphir by Atelier Cologne. The oud is pretty subdued in this one and blended well and pretty evenly with the other notes.
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    In terms of oud fragrances that actually get compliments ill go with oud wood from tom ford or ragbah by lataffah? Not sure how you spell. I think in general if you want general complments with a fragrance that has a lot of oud you are gonna be in some trouble. Theres just to much stank to it in general to big unsolicited compliment getters. But the 2 ive mentioned ive had positive feed back on. Subsequently of course neither have a strong oud smell. Although oud wood deff has a cumin sortaish stank to it for sure imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Many, but I'll suggest a recent one I just got - Oud Saphir by Atelier Cologne. The oud is pretty subdued in this one and blended well and pretty evenly with the other notes.
    now THAT'S what I'm talking about....Think it could work in the extreme heat, hednic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seekritdude View Post
    In terms of oud fragrances that actually get compliments ill go with oud wood from tom ford or ragbah by lataffah? Not sure how you spell. I think in general if you want general complments with a fragrance that has a lot of oud you are gonna be in some trouble. Theres just to much stank to it in general to big unsolicited compliment getters. But the 2 ive mentioned ive had positive feed back on. Subsequently of course neither have a strong oud smell. Although oud wood deff has a cumin sortaish stank to it for sure imo.
    I haven't tried ragbah, perhaps I can get samples...Thank you for the suggestions...
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    8.) MFK Oud
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    You could try by kilians amber oud as well. Compliments have been mixed for me on it, but any oud in that one is minute at best. And if anything I think the bay leaf/herbal note is what smells kinda "off" in it. But for what its worth I generally tend to enjoy the smell of that one, expensive as hell though.

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    Default Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    Quote Originally Posted by seekritdude View Post
    You could try by kilians amber oud as well. Compliments have been mixed for me on it, but any oud in that one is minute at best. And if anything I think the bay leaf/herbal note is what smells kinda "off" in it. But for what its worth I generally tend to enjoy the smell of that one, expensive as hell though.
    agreed...I haven't found a Kilian scent I really like yet so I might have to give this one a whirl...
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    Default Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    Quote Originally Posted by FSU92grad View Post
    now THAT'S what I'm talking about....Think it could work in the extreme heat, hednic?
    Well it's an EDC although an absolue. Where I am we haven't experienced excessive heat yet, low eighties with low humidity and it worked like a charm. I know you said you're not so crazy about the note so this might work for you. If you have an opportunity to try it, give it a shot.
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    Versace Oud Noir has a smokey oud note at the beginning with dark wood and smooth leather to finish.
    I swear I smell port wine in it at some point along the way.
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    Default Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    More easygoing Oud options:-

    Al-Oudh by L'Artisan Parfumeur
    Incense Oud by By Killian
    Indonesian Oud by Ermenegildo Zegna
    Oud Bleu Intense by Fragrance du Bois
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    Default Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    Royal Oud by Creed is something I'd recommend.

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    Default Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    Saudi Arabia is a pretty hot place and they wear oudh. It's everywhere. Some Western oudh fragrance compositions just don't hack it in hot weather.

    Maybe head towards attars, where you dab on just a little. Might work out a little better.
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    i have a couple of empty vials, if you paid the shipping from me here in the UK, i can send you a sample of the Shay and Blue Oud Alif, and Chopard Oud Malaki.
    the chopard is one of my favourite ouds, i think youd find it more sensual. i LOVE ADP oid concentree, but in the heat its gojng to be extreme, try getting some vanilla frag to layer with it.

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    Harrods Agarwood
    New York Oud
    Signature Scent (simple to me like MFK Oud)

    hands down each and every time I wear either I get tons of compliments. More so with New York Oud it's such contradictory fragrance withe Plum and Saffron.
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    Well a strong oud note is not likely to garner compliments in Western nations, so it sounds like you want a mild one that you can at least detect. If you like the Habit Rouge idea you can get the EdP, which has a mild oud note, for example.

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    Default Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    While "actually smells good" is quite subjective and will vary by person, Oud Shamash (and Oud for Love) by The Different Company and As Sawira by Penhaligon's are good places to start, IMO.
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    Default Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    So, it really sounds like you aren't looking for oud scents, but scents that either are oud in name only, or have it in such small amounts that it will still be fresh/clean/light. Not sure why you are trying to put that square peg in that round hole. Have you tried Bond No. 9 Shelter Island? That seems to be what you may be looking for.
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    Creed Royal Oud?
    TF Noir de Noir?
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    I'll bet that Zegna Oud is pretty good, as the rest of the line is well liked.

    Try Black Oud by LM Perfumes, that ought to get you some complements.

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    Dark Oud by My Perfumes is what you need.

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    YSL M7 Oud Absolu has plenty going on besides Oud. Applied in moderation it should do in FL and has good longevity.
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    Default Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Royal Oud by Creed is something I'd recommend.

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    Ensar Oud Assam 3000 and Oud Yusuf.
    https://ensaroud.com/product/assam-3000/123
    https://ensaroud.com/product/oud-yusuf/33

    The samples are relatively inexpensive.

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    ADP Colonia Oud. Compliments galore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mixerscent View Post
    Ensar Oud Assam 3000 and Oud Yusuf.
    https://ensaroud.com/product/assam-3000/123
    https://ensaroud.com/product/oud-yusuf/33

    The samples are relatively inexpensive.
    $59.00 for a sample vial? Are you out of your mind? Lol!😜

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    Quote Originally Posted by eccj View Post
    $59.00 for a sample vial? Are you out of your mind? Lol!��
    No, they're extremely high quality ouds.

    The price is very reasonable.

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    You know you can get Shay & Blue from Indigo Perfumery in Ohio with free shipping? Not sure if they have the complete line but worth a look for next time.

    Quote Originally Posted by FSU92grad View Post
    Yes I have ordered fragrance before from Shay and Blue...I believe it was Sicilian Lime and I had to pay exuberant amounts of money for shipping....It's a great house, though, and certainly would love to smell this one....

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    As MegaMav said, Versace Oud Noir.

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