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    When I first sniffed this fragrance I thought it was good but not "all that" going by the barometer of my enjoyment of other Creeds and quickly assigned it to the 'also ran' column and thought nothing of it again until I was introduced to M7 (vintage) a couple of years later and that caused a resurgence of my interest and appreciation of this scent for what it was and at this point I'd have rated it as a solid 8/10 - good but lacking that wow factor as evidenced by not replacing it when it ran out.

    Fast forward a couple of years and I'd just arranged a split on batch 16L01 and I must say that it blew my little size 10 socks off. Wow. Straight out the bottle the fragrance was a lot rounder, denser and smelt luxurious as you'd expect it to with its title but the most amazing thing came with the drydown which amped up all of the things that made it great like the creamy sandalwood and musks which are now palpably chunky and verge on the skunky as a couple of hours into its performance an accord pops up that I never noticed before that smells very marijuana like as it has the same 'sticky/musky' quality of high quality weed and when taken in perspective with everything else thats going on (including the belting performance) this scent jumped from 8.0 to 9.5, just like that, with one batch variation and its one of the few times I can count that the composition of a fragrance has actually improved as its been retooled in its journey through time.

    The batch in question just smells a whole load more fuller and is much better blended as the mix allows all of the accords to float around in a lot more space as they smelled flatter/more squished before. If the earlier batch was produced in battery hen conditions then this one was free range and it shows as there is just so much more life overall in the scent now and it smells more dynamic as it allows you to appreciate how artfully everything is placed and the overall effect is stunning. The fact that 5 sprays last an entire day and night whilst offering all and sundry wafts of your cedary goodness is another reason I'm so enamored with it as I do like these spray and go scents that just keep on trucking without becoming cloying or overbearing.

    Sure there are those who enjoy smelling like horses, barnyard animals and fecal matter who'll complain there is no oud in it, which is true, but after having sampled a lot of authentic oud scents I can safely say (literally) that I'm glad it doesn't as less is more for me when it comes to that note and what Creed have dressed this one up works exceedingly well.

    Good juice, well squeezed.

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    Royal Oud's base is one of the best in the business. My autumn / winter favourite!
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    One of my favourite fragrances of all time. Fantastically done, whenever I've smelled it. I actually pick up the Oud in RO quite easily after a while into it's development - it's the same Oud note as in Fahrenheit Absolute (at least to my nose).

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    Bought Royal Oud blind, right when it first came out. Love at first sniff. Still have about half of that bottle left. Thinking of buying a backup, before I’m out of the superb first edition. It’s been in frequent rotation with me lately. Lots of compliments when I wear this one.

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    Does anyone remember much fanfare when this was released? Seems to have been a slow burn to success.

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    amen! and you get the credit for harping on about it in the splits thread, boosted up my testlist now sitting here with a huge wad of this juice

    the thing you describe as flat vs more dynamic/airy in the newer batch is a trajectory that other creeds seem to have followed. with scents like Aventus & MI this translated to increasingly brighter batches which smell great but may lack performance vs a couple of years back. personally i think the scents smell better than ever, this airy quality knocked off the more pungent edges with the ultra-fresh 2016 MI and H11 has the GOAT top notes over in pineapple town. anyway point being RO is a deep enough to start with that you breathe some air into it, freshen things up and you still have a scent that lasts ages and smells great.

    i'm going to pay attention to the sticky weed like quality, but i'm loving the first few wearings and that's only a good thing!

    last thing....layering RO with Royal Princess Oud produces some awesome results. i'd say however many sprays (2-4) to 1 RPO is enough, it slightly sweetens up the top notes and gives a more fruity/floral twist, bringing it closer to a dark Aventus vibe.

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    A fall / winter favorite of mine as well.

    Another reason Creed is King IMO.
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    This one is incredibly enjoyable.

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    Own it. Love it. Wouldn't want to be without it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    Does anyone remember much fanfare when this was released? Seems to have been a slow burn to success.
    Considering the price of a bottle, I am not surprised.
    I consider it one of my top three favorites from Creed.
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    One of my favorite Creeds easily.

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    Very enjoyable scent. I find Ormande Man and FM French Lover to also be in the same family. All are pleasant and masculine.

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    I'm a huge fan of Royal Oud. It's easily in my all time top five by any house.

    It smells wonderful, but I also love the way it wears. From 2 sprays, I get 12+ hours with excellent sillage but only moderate projection. For my tastes, that's perfect.

    Quote Originally Posted by descentered View Post
    Royal Oud's base is one of the best in the business. My autumn / winter favourite!
    You're so right. That base is fantastic.
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    It's a wonderful scent. And I seem to remember mixed but mild reactions when it was released, very similar to the reactions around Viking. In other words, it had a lukewarm reception. But it seems to grow on people, and grew on the community for the most part, over time, as now it's almost universally loved.

    Royal Oud does a great job of straddling the line between fresh and really deep woods--it has elements of both. So when you wear it, you really feel like your wearing a solid, woodsy scent, but it never drags you down or feels heavy. It's a quality that's present in a lot of Creed scents, and it works very well here. Elegant, suave, sophisticated, but ultimately down to earth and accessible. It's consistently in my top 20 of all time, usually between 13--16.

    I would rate it a 9.5/10.
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    I love, love, love Royal Oud as well. One of my very favorites.

    If anyone has any of this batch available, PM me.

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    Love at first sniff. Actually, only used samples but a full bottle is a sure buy.
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    I sampled it the other day. The drydown reminded me of a weak version of HiM by Hanae Mori. As usual, I'd buy it for $25/100 ml or thereabouts, but I'm certainly content with HiM, which I think I prefer.

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    i find its got far less sweetness than many of the more designer realm woody scents. there's none of that gourmand effect its just pure spicy wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    I sampled it the other day. The drydown reminded me of a weak version of HiM by Hanae Mori. As usual, I'd buy it for $25/100 ml or thereabouts, but I'm certainly content with HiM, which I think I prefer.
    Are you sure your sample was ok? Or, maybe you're under the weather and your nose was stuffed up, or something? Those two drydowns are not similar. I do like HiM - especially the EDP version (it's an excellent bargain), but it's not similar to Royal Oud.


    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Love at first sniff.
    Me too. I think Royal Oud is the only scent I ever took one sniff of and immediately bought a bottle. Well, not quite immediately, since I had to do some shopping around to find a bargain. The funny thing is, I wasn't even intending to seek out Royal Oud that day. I was at the store to smell SMW, but one sniff of Royal Oud and I was wowed.

    +1 for Yasser05's comment below.
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    This fragrance... is just a MASTERPIECE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    I sampled it the other day. The drydown reminded me of a weak version of HiM by Hanae Mori. As usual, I'd buy it for $25/100 ml or thereabouts, but I'm certainly content with HiM, which I think I prefer.
    Ahhh Bigsly, you love your cheapies. I hope people understand that

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    The bottle... over the top SEXY I have a split 60ml I bathe in it’s glorious scent regularly. It’s pricey but worth it, miss having the actual bottle thankfully there’s pictures to see of the bottle haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    Ahhh Bigsly, you love your cheapies. I hope people understand that
    There's a shared accord that becomes more obvious in RO as the top notes fade, but if people want to spend more money on a weaker but similar drydown, that's entirely their decision. Let's get someone to do a GC/MS study of the two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    There's a shared accord that becomes more obvious in RO as the top notes fade, but if people want to spend more money on a weaker but similar drydown, that's entirely their decision. Let's get someone to do a GC/MS study of the two!
    I’d love to see how that would go. I have often compared Royal Oud to Versace Man because they share an Angelica note and a certain smokiness, but I won’t go so far as to say that Versace Man is an adequate substitute.

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    Pretty good I enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    they share an Angelica note and a certain smokiness
    I think that is what I pick up on when comparing it to FM French Lover/ B.dO. similar-ish smoky angelica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khuss21 View Post
    I think that is what I pick up on when comparing it to FM French Lover/ B.dO. similar-ish smoky angelica.
    Interesting. Would be great to see more Angelica fragrances, gives a sophisticated fruity floral note that can offset heavier notes very nicely. Royal Oud being the perfect example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    Interesting. Would be great to see more Angelica fragrances, gives a sophisticated fruity floral note that can offset heavier notes very nicely. Royal Oud being the perfect example.
    Yes. Angelica is such an underappreciated note. I see it as more of a light herbal/spicy/green/floral note, personally. Pairing it with a hint of dry oudy-wood is a great match. Definitely a top contender among the modern Creeds. Royal Oud is so satisfying and easy to like. Thumbs up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Yes. Angelica is such an underappreciated note. I see it as more of a light herbal/spicy/green/floral note, personally. Pairing it with a hint of dry oudy-wood is a great match. Definitely a top contender among the modern Creeds. Royal Oud is so satisfying and easy to like. Thumbs up.
    Yeah, herbal/spicy/green is a good description of angelica, as it is derived from the root and it also has a very musky character, as it naturally contains the musk molecule known as exaltolide. I like to think of it as a bright, musky celery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norstrøm View Post
    Yeah, herbal/spicy/green is a good description of angelica, as it is derived from the root and it also has a very musky character, as it naturally contains the musk molecule known as exaltolide. I like to think of it as a bright, musky celery.
    Good to note, I have yet to smell it in isolation




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