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R'oud Elements (2011)
by Kerosene


R'oud Elements information

Year of Launch2011
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 42 votes)

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PerfumerJohn Pegg

About R'oud Elements

R'oud Elements is a masculine fragrance by Kerosene. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer John Pegg

R'oud Elements fragrance notes

Reviews of R'oud Elements

orange marmalade and oud....actually a hybrid amber with oud nuances, but i like it a lot...get a kind of orange/chocolate vibe...i can definitely agree with all the references to M7 concerning this fragrance...i also detect little resemblances...very aromatic...very friendly oud...this fragrance would be a good starter fragrance for someone just starting to explore the world of amber and oud fragrances...i think it would be a very pleasant introduction...not a beast in the projection department...kinda laid back...i see this more as a top shelf designer fragrance than a niche scent...not that it's a bad thing, just oud that you could probably get away with wearing to the office...very faint sandalwood and flowers accent the citrus/amber/oud i said, not a beast mode projection , but it seems to sneak up on you and forms a gentle cloud of scent all around you...personally, worthy of a decant...would enjoy wearing this from time to time..

24th March, 2019
An oud/citrus combination primarily as advertised, Kerosene's first offering (I believe) in R'Oud Elements involves a heavy use of orange bitters to offset the oud, and this mixture is also smoothed over by a melange of creamy ingredients like amber, vanilla, lavender, and iris.

It doesn't have much evolution, though I never think of this as a bad thing, necessarily, but it usually seems worth pointing out. Except for a slightly harsher opening few moments, the balance between the oud and citrus remains the main story for the life the of the fragrance, with the creamy notes sitting in the background. I get vanilla and iris more than amber and lavender, but I can vaguely detect bits of all four.

This is a nice fragrance, an under-discussed offering from a house with some more boastful options like Copper Skies and Broken Theories, and more pronounced gourmands like Follow and Blackamil.

I'm not yet sold on R'oud Elements to the point of wanting to buy a bottle but with some additional sampling, I might eventually be on board. I see this is as a slightly masculine option for cold weather days. I doubt I'd wear this in the summer or at night. It seems to be cold weather scent that is also bright, usually a combination that I don't perceive in fragrance, but one that nonetheless makes me think of this as a casual or daytime wear for colder days.

Performance is solid, not quite as beastly as some of the other cold weather options but reasonable close.

Overall, at $140 for 100ml like the others, a reasonable consideration for a winter option that I'd recommend that others try.

7 out of 10
27th November, 2017
There’s something about R’oud Elements that keeps suggesting to me the thought of boiling down a saucepan of M7 to a syrupy spoonful. It’s probably the huge candied amber (that has swallowed what seems like a bagful of cardamom pods) that sits bang in the middle. Or maybe the orangey accents glinting around it. It takes a bit of getting used to as initially it comes across as the loud party crasher to a rather more civilized peppery oud. But once one has made the adjustment (hey, this is modern US perfumery, they like their jujubes), one can make a bit more sense of R’oud Elements.
This full-bodied and pot-bellied amber with a mild-mannered oud in the supporting role has a few other tricks up its sleeve. It’s deodorized itself with a pine-lavender combo that is a curious juxtaposition of lightness against the rest of the notes that feel much heavier and somewhat sluggish. At times it almost smells like someone’s gone at a hallway with a can of air freshener.
Does it work? Sort of, because the projection is moderate. But I felt a bit cheated at getting served up a spiced amber when I thought I’d ordered a novel take on oud.
30th December, 2016
Dr. Z. Show all reviews
United States

There's a vast array of positive opinions about this albeit creative , but not so "complete" fragrance ; at least to my nose, that I hesitate to give this a neutral thumb.
Maybe its me.

But should I betray my helpless nose?!

Also.. Keep in mind that I'm not as seasoned as some of you so forgive me if this makes little (or no) sense.

First things 1st...

The materials are great and the blending of the orange bitters with some of the other notes.. amber... ect.. Is done very well.

But there's a "gap" in here which I'll explain later.

Also, the combination of "sharp-ish" nuances combined with the woodsy accord that drives my nose close to the fragrance impact points are first rate-ie the bitter blast that opens this, followed by the "mellow"oud that closes it are well done. (They actually arrive as one entity but the balance shifts with time allowing the sharper tones to get attention before the others).

This is quality juice!

Nice and thick!

I like it.

The opening reminds me of those spinning wheels found in small parks-It rotates around and around throwing off ( small children, if the wheel is spinning fast enough!) many complex neoclassical "whiffs" of notes. Some are more detectable than others.. on the other hand, not all I detect, are listed in the pyramid.

I'm very much aware that the "pyramid" here is linear. But I think a fragrance, linear or not, still needs a sense of "balance". More so.. when it's linear... IMHO.

Before I get too the dry down .. Which again is quite linear on my skin ... There's this NICE ORANGE BLAST!


Others notes are deeper "mellow wood" and a touch of something edible??
Maybe I'm getting a bit of chocolate in here ( I'm watching a Hershey's commercial. Gimme a break...)

Some (that are floating around my olfactory bulbs) , I believe are a result of the juxtaposition of two or more notes listed in the "pyramid".

Some notes are even boozy as mentioned by other reviewers.

That being said.. I get a slight "high pitched"-detergent- like "buzz" that I perceive throughout, thankfully, just the 1st hour or so, as this frag commences it's purpose.

It occurs instantly to a few seconds, after the initial opening but gradually increases till it peaks- one half hour later. Then, as it rounds the "apex" it calms down.

However... Since this is basically linear on my skin... It only takes a back seat.. Then goes into the trunk... But it never leaves completely. It only disappears completely when the fragrance does. But right before it does.... I get a sweet/ mellow, oud.


It has - this "buzz"- which I'll admit may be something I get from the combination of several notes in the "pyramid".. Which notes?? I don't know- is an "effervescent" type of a vibe... Not unlike a typical laundry detergent. Tide ect.. Which renders the frag a tad strange.

Not a good strange. But not terrible either. Just strange.
I'd prefer it "NOT BE THERE" -strange... but try as I may.. It's there.

If your confused right now.. Don't worry. So am I.

So... Where was I?
Ah yes... After an hour or so... The "buzz" really simmers down but I find myself looking (with my nostrils of course) for the "second" and "third" violins.

In other words... The reason for the neutral is that if this were a violin concerto (hey.. they're called notes aren't they??), there would be quite a bit of olfactory stimulation perceived on one side of the linear pyramid (oxymoron) -- ie 1st violin-who's bow is stroking out the melody--as well as at the other side--i.e. bass (base) ...whose notes are to establish the "key" in which the piece is composed in.

The bass(base) note of the composition here as I mentioned earlier is sweet, mellow & woodsy.

The dilemma?
I don't perceive with my nose, that the "other" notes ( amber, vanilla, lavender & iris) are, suited in this frag as a proper "bridge"--- connecting the various highs and lows.
Or....not "adequate" enough through the majority of the dry down, to bring the most out of what this fragrance could be!

Think of that the wonderful initial blast of the bitter orange that becomes a nice woodsy 4-ingredient M7- like dry down.

So as time passes I find myself asking: "where are the 2nd & 3rd violins??

Or...where's the rest of the Fragrance?"


In this composition...the "harmony" in my opinion, is somewhat lacking-rendering in a way- the entire "balance" of the fragrance to be thrown off ...slightly.

It is this "HARMONY" ( which I feel is extremely important)--that is supposed to bridge the top and bottom notes, giving the whole piece a particular "feel".

A "mood".

I'm missing this in here. Don't get me wrong.. I like it overall. But due to the absence of the rest of the "orchestra", the result is that a good part of this fragrance is VERY VAGUE to my nose.

Again...I get a nice "melody" adequate (to say the least) and a nice bass (base) line; but somehow the two are so far apart that theres a "gap" where the harmony should be-hence the neutral.

"Empty space"

Space that... like any musical composition ... is absolutely necessary to establish the "mood". This is something I look for in a fragrance.

The "emotion(s)" if you will. (Or won't ... your choice).

Does this make any sense??

I dunno (I just felt like writing).

Great projection and longevity (16 hours till it was undetectable).

Rating: 6/10

But that will most likely be going up... I hope. (Not cheap)
19th June, 2016
The opening of R’oud Elements by Kerosene shows quite many features and recurring notes of America’s contemporary indie perfumery: powerful, slightly boozy-terpenic, dark and incredibly rich, halfway the dark-syrupiness ŕ la (early) M7, mostly for the same amber-oud-booze-herbs structure, and the metallic black amber reminding me of some Slumberhouse scents. Above this, a sharp, sour, dry and aromatic greenish accord with bold metallic whiffs (which don’t sound cheap, though, as they seem “intended” to provide a sort of post-industrial feel, which I guess quite fits the brand – or at least its name) and a base woody accord in fact quite similar to oud – smoky, dry, animalic, with a compelling shady and warm richness. The sandalwood lies somewhere on the very base, just providing a subtle drop of sweetness well contrasting with the general smoky, dark and almost “rotten” vibe. Overall: not bad at all, I enjoy the contrasts between the dark notes and the hints of sweet colour, wrapped in a warm, dark amber and woody feel. After a while the bold metallic aftertaste gets kind of annoying to me, but at least it seems a creative choice with its “raison d’etre” here. The projection is quite loud and the texture in my opinion smells as much creative as quite “elementary” somehow (not minimal, rather just barely simple to the point of smelling clumsy from times to times), but as I said... not bad at all for me!

18th December, 2014
jcw122 Show all reviews
United States
I think this is a great fragrance...but I can't help but acknowledge the resemblance to Joop! Pour Homme. It has that candy-like scent to it mixed in with the oud, and is somewhat overpowering compared to the oud note. The note is must more smooth compared to how Joop can be rather sickening. Overall, it smells good but reminds me too much of Joop. I also wouldn't call it well blended...the "Joop" note and the Oud complement eachother, but seem only present in their own rights, not mixed. Overall, it's a great scent IMO, very unique, but lots of candy-ness which isn't my thing.

Projection and longevity are outstanding.
13th October, 2012 (last edited: 26th November, 2012)

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