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Nawab of Oudh (2012)
by Ormonde Jayne


Nawab of Oudh information

Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 30 votes)

People and companies

HouseOrmonde Jayne
PerfumerGeza Schoen
PerfumerLinda Pilkington

About Nawab of Oudh

Part of the 'Four Corners' Collection.

Nawab of Oudh fragrance notes

Reviews of Nawab of Oudh

Nawab of Oudh delivers what seems to be a house promise of Ormonde Jayne: ‘You shall have riches… floating on a cloud.’ Once again perfumer Geza Schoen brings us a complex blend of so much that promotes olfactory bliss handled with the utmost delicacy and suffused with air and light.
This is a woody floral tip-toing across the cool marble floor of the palace. Around the central pairing of the softest, pinkest roses and creamy woods (I wouldn’t say oud), are arrayed the freshest, dew-laden greens, iced bergamot, the refreshing breath of cardamom, wispy clean musks, all seemingly feather-light and transparent, and yet thrilling present. This isn’t a Montale rose-oud gone to finishing school; it’s in a different universe altogether. And although the perfume undergoes evolution on the skin with other floral tones blending in, silky powders and even an impression of chilli pepper joining the mix, it doesn’t loses its essential tenderness and feels like balm against the nastiness of the times. Laceratingly priced, alas.
Resist the temptation to amp up this one by overspraying – I did once, and the gauzy aromachemicals that underpin this perfume (and form the skeleton of so many Schoen creations) nearly choked me and made me feel quite queasy. Instead, wear it at the discreet volume intended and feel the bliss.
05th September, 2020
Lies down initially like my Trumper's Sandalwood deodorant stick which is essentially a Rose Santal. No Mysore here, however, perhaps a note derived from Camwood.
Nawab develops into a complex Santal of great Beauty. Oudh would be an abstract thought to my nose.
One of those scents, much like Black Gold, that could be a standard for those unused to the hard callous of physical labour.
I like to wear this elegant scent on my blemished and scarred corpus as it' bouquet has me dancing with the Gods.

Like Black Gold there is AC stabilizer which can cause minor piercing however the complex structure soothes.
Careful with application as these have extraordinary next day longevity.
04th July, 2020 (last edited: 05th July, 2020)
Stupidly, I ignored this one for the longest time, believing it to be yet another Westernized take on oud. Guess what? It isn’t. The penny dropped just as I ran out of money, or at least the willingness to spend more than that €1.2 per ml limit Luca Turin originally advised us to stop at. This means that I don’t, and never will, own a bottle of Nawab of Oudh, which is terrible because this thing brings me to my knees.

But let’s make some lemonade out of dem lemons. I like to pretend that my bottle of Nawab of Oudh is hanging out at Roma Store, a small profumeria in Trastevere I frequent. Every month, I take a leisurely stroll down the Tiber to visit with the bottle of Nawab of Oudh the shop is kindly (but obliviously) hosting for me and douse myself liberally in its glorious juice. Then I walk back home, sniffing myself with a huge, dopey grin on my face, oblivious to how I look to passers-by.

Describing what Nawab of Oudh smells like is like trying to catch butterflies with a teaspoon. It has that gauzy, dizzying abstraction characteristic of so many Ormonde Jayne standouts like Black Gold and Rose Gold, and features – as far as I can tell – peppery spice, juicy mandarin, champagne-like aldehydes, roses, sandalwood, and a mass of creamy floral notes.

But I’m not sure any notes list adequately conveys the fierce joy of this scent. Better to say instead that this perfume gives you that Saturday morning feeling of good things to come – a crisply folded newspaper, a fresh pot of coffee, warm bread rolls, cold Irish butter, and a day of leisure stretching out in front of you like a cat. It smells like sunshine in a loved one’s hair and a just-cancelled meeting.

There is a point at the center of this fragrance that makes me think perfumer Geza Schoen might be playing around with an old Roucel-ian template of a green-ish magnolia bathed in a silky bath of citrus, honey, roses, and heavy cream (last seen in Roucel’s Guerlain’s L’Instant for Women and Rochas’ Tocade). The magnolia is viewed obliquely here, through a haze of spicy pepper, pimiento, cardamom, and cinnamon-dusted rose, but it’s definitely got some presence.

I love that when I spray it heavily, Nawab of Oudh coats the back of my hand with an aggressively oily sheen but then immediately radiates off into the air with an aldehydic swagger. Despite the name, there is little oud to speak of here, aside from a slightly sour, leathery tint to the soapy sandalwood in the base. I love this fragrance and believe it to be one of the most elegant and accomplished spicy oriental-florals that a woman or a man could wear.
20th May, 2020
In case anyone is still wondering, oud only plays a supporting role in this gender-neutral composition. Much as civet does in certain vintage fragrances, the oud accord exists only to lend an animalic facet albeit fleetingly to an otherwise well-behaved spiced floral. It is a surprisingly comforting scent, the temperate and textural elements working harmoniously to create an invitingly warm and fuzzy vibe for that nice little snuggle with a loved one.
29th June, 2014
On the opening I'm getting a blast of magnolia which is very soft and floral. There is also a sour rubbery note when you smell the scent up close which must be the aldehyde's.

The scent then really blooms with the added fragrance of Orchid and a slight citrus and jasmine. This floral and slightly sweet bouquet is really stunning and very feminine indeed.

A perfect scent for a woman to wear and enchant everyone she meets. A beautiful high quality scent though I'm not picking up the Oud as the other notes dominate.
02nd May, 2014
Gorgeous and Beautiful!

My Favourite from the Perfume Line " The Four Corners of the Earth"

I have tried it at the Ormonde Jayne Boutique in Sloane Square and in the Room of luxury at Harrods. I have also been very lucky to receive a sample courtesy of Ormonde Jayne and Basenotes. Thank You!

This perfume will awake some long lived have been warned...

The scent starts with the most beautiful sunny and crystalline green, orange and possibly lemon and bergamot notes that will take you back to your childhood when you will have had freshly squeezed orange juice with a few drops of lemon and sugar for dessert. What a lovely flashback!

This green citrusy olfactory accord lingers forever and blends beautifully with the heart notes of the scent; I can detect rose (possibly taif type) and magnolia but must admit that what keeps me enchanted is the sunny green accord of the beginning; it is so well done and it does last forever.

The dry down arrives after a very long time and consists of musk and vetiver but it is so well blended that I can barely detect any of the other notes.

The Longevity is amazing; one spray in your chest will last you the whole day and will stay with you the following day even after a full shower.

What an amazing discovery of a Perfume!

I shall be getting the bottle very soon.

Thanks very much Ormonde Jayne.

Double Thumbs up!
13th February, 2013

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