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Essence Oud (2011)
by Ferrari


Essence Oud information

Year of Launch2011
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 44 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerNathalie Feisthauer
Parent CompanyInvestindustrial > Morris

About Essence Oud

Essence Oud is a masculine fragrance by Ferrari. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer

Essence Oud fragrance notes

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Reviews of Essence Oud

Ferrari Essence Oud is a woody fragrance with oud, and little else. There is a fruity element in the initial phases, and the base is more woodsy, with just a hint of sweetness. Thereís no vanilla, and this isnít sweet by any means. The oud note is synthetic, and similar to one commonly found in other oud fragrances in similar price range. The composition is reasonably balanced, while sillage and duration are both good.

My main issue here is that the dominant oud note (and hence the composition) smells rather synthetic, and a little plasticky - especially in th first 1-2 hours. For the records, I have the same issue with Chopardís Oud Malaki. I can imagine some liking that vibe, but count me out. IMO one is much better off with spending a bit more and getting something like M7 Oud Absolu which is more refined. Essence Oud is a good representative of its genre, but one Iíd personally avoid. Itís somewhat youthful. This might work well as a night out fragrance for young college students on a budget.

05th October, 2018
A friendly well tamed oud for a person that enjoys their safe oud type fragrances, of which it is becoming difficult to differentiate which is which. The stand out thing with ferrari oud is the price point. I paid 20 English pound for a 100ml including postage which is an absolute bargain, as this could of been bottled and sold for much more. I'm a bit on the fence with performance as it sits on the skin for many hours but projection is lost after an hour so maybe that's average to me. I detect the elemi and saffron which add a bit of a twist but nothing ground breaking. Overall it is an easy reach for nights out in any season, on a par with versace oud noir and not a million miles away from Tom Ford oud fluer (ferrari is almost identical in the dry down with resins and strong rose ), but by far better value..another fantastic release by ferrari, along with bright neroli.
01st August, 2018
Oud is the scent of the agarwood tree that has been infected by a specific type of fungus - and the result of this death and decay is a basalmic, animalic, earthy, powerful, and slightly sweet scent that is traditionally used in Middle Eastern perfumery. In the past decade, oud has become incredibly popular in Western perfumery as well, especially with the likes of Tom Ford's Oud Wood. This particular fragrance by Ferrari (the car company) is basically a beginner's oud, as it is not so animalic or in-your-face as others, but is more of a pleasant chocolatey gourmand type. By no means is this a weak fragrance - it's one of the strongest I've ever smelled, and anything more than 3 sprays is overdoing it. It starts off with a strong smell of oud with rose and saffron. This is a slightly dark (yet sweet) masculine fragrance but I could see some women wearing it. On the drydown within an hour the rose becomes more faint while the oud is paired with some sort of smoky, sweet basalmic resins; the combination together very much smells like chocolate, but with hints of rose and saffron. Deeper in the drydown (after about 3 hours), the rose becomes more prominent again oddly. I typically don't like fragrances like this, but I really enjoy it for some reason. Sillage is strong with this so it's perfect for wintertime as the scent will penetrate through cold winter air (but not suitable for summer at all as it would get cloying), while longevity is also strong, projecting loudly for the first 5 hours, and then continuing with less projection, with over 8 hours in duration overall. This is one of the strongest fragrances I own in fact, and affordable as well. The bottle - like the rest of the Ferrari Essence perfume line - is also amazing, looking like a red Ferrari car (even the cap has rubber tire-like tracks on it!). I would try smelling oud first before buying this or another oud-based fragrance because it's different from mostly everything in the Western fragrance palate.

03rd May, 2018
Thumbs up, I like it. Strong stuff, go easy on the sprays. I get the sweet wood, leather and oil at the beginning and then the drydown starts about 30 min later, giving way to some florals. Later on, I'm getting some smokey woods with the florals more in the background. The leather/oil note persists throughout and is prevalent in most of Ferrari's scents, and I think its appropriate given the name on the bottle. Lasted all day and into the next morning.
20th October, 2016 (last edited: 21st October, 2016)
Unfortunately my skin totally eats this one up and on me it's not the beast-mode scent that others describe. Now that I have that out of the way, I'll move on to the good news. This is a fantastic scent. I get quite a bit of suede, some dark oud lingering in the background and a fair amount of sweet, jammy rose. Upon different wearings I have experienced various facets of this scent. At times it's all about the suede and oud, but with some wearings I get strong hints of the smoke that some describe. The rose is pretty much everpresent and very enjoyable.

Although this doesn't seem to project as well for me as it does for others, the longevity makes up for any other shortcomings. I get around 10-12 hours of enjoyment out of each wearing.

This is a definite thumbs up and I will likely be looking for a backup bottle soon as this is one that I want to have in my wardrobe for many years to come.

Longevity = 9 out of 10
Projection = 7 out of 10
Overall = 9 out of 10 (9.5/10 when I catch wafts of smokiness)
02nd July, 2016
An interesting mix of some manner of rose / cherry opening, pervasive oud, and very understated animalic, gasoline, and leather elements. If anything, I would like the automotive concept to be taken further and ramp up the smoke, fumes, and oil. The oud should take a back seat here, in my view (not that there's much of a back seat in most Ferraris). A fascinating take on a 'Western' version of an oud scent, but as with all oud that I have tried so far, not wearable on a daily basis. The quest continues.
08th May, 2016

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