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Oud Vendôme (2014)
by Ex Nihilo


Oud Vendôme information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 10 votes)

People and companies

HouseEx Nihilo
PerfumerOlivier Pescheux

About Oud Vendôme

Oud Vendôme is a shared / unisex perfume by Ex Nihilo. The scent was launched in 2014 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivier Pescheux

Oud Vendôme fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Oud Vendôme

It took me a little while to get used to Oud Vendôme; first impressions were of the ‘You’ve got to be joking’ variety. The opening is powder-puff oud. A kind of sweet cosmetics smell infused with an ever-so-light smoke-and-incense woodiness. If this is Ex Nihilo’s attempt at an East meets West take on oud, they can keep it, I thought. It seemed subtle to the point of being a blur.
But once the perfume settles, a much better, somewhat more assertive and interesting creation emerges. The oud – a peppery and smoky variant – creeps up on padded paws until its face to face with the wearer, while the sweet envelop evolves to brings accents of saffron and ginger into the mix. These spices usually have a warming glow, but here they are treated in a cool, burnished manner – almost like memories of the things rather than the things themselves. The presentation of a rather butch and rugged oud note in a gilt-and-spotlights cosmetics counter setting is Oud Vendôme’s little trick and it’s done well. It’s a claws and silk thing that’s hard to pull off successfully and at times the odours fuse in my perception to give an overall impression of sweetish wood varnish before regaining their balance again.
Does it make me want to rush out and buy it? No. But I enjoyed my visit to the place it took me.
18th January, 2019
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Ginger and saffron galore indeed - a smooth and slightly fuzzy saffron, not the more intense version of Comptoir Pacifique's Sultan Safran.

The ginger has a crisp edge that has synthetic-sharpish characteristics and is a bit more of the usual ilk - not the richer juicier ginger that is present in Creed's Tabarôme Millesimé - but it is not badly done, and works quite well with the saffron here.

Gradually the gingery note morphs by adding the oud, which gradually grows stronger and blends in with the he ginger, to revolve into the main component by the time the base notes unfold. This is a far cry from the hyperaggresive-superchemical oud attacks on is exposed to so frequently these days.

Galbanum is added at the begin of the heart notes, as is a soft, gentle and refreshingly unobtrusive incense impression that never pushes into the limelight - a glowing, intense but restrainedly low-key incense endowed with touches of elegance. No aggressive peppers, no ceremonial pomp, no exotic market aromas, and no medicinal undertones - this is a pared-down and convincingly focused velvety incense that blends in beautifully with the rest.

Initially accompanied by a gentle musky undertone, this delightfully wood-infused incense forms the core notes in the base phase on my skin.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and a supreme fourteen hours of longevity on my skin.

This wintery oud-incense creation is unusually balanced and well executed; and whilst it is creative only for part of its development, it is overall surprisingly well made. 3.5/5.
19th October, 2016
Ex Nihilo Oud Vendome is a luxuriant and saturnine floral synth agarwood's rendition. A lofty and sophisticated parisian floral/musky chypre atmosphere jumps up in the air at first spray on skin and you can understand immediately that this is the right way to "implement the oudh-note" cause the woody resin seems perfectly calibrated and dosed in a fair accord of balance and restraint. I don't get any trace of medicinal bitterness nor woody-cedary gassiness while a light earthy-floral (somewhat angular and lymphatic) "effect" could be picked up immediately as supporting all that saffrony musky background. A further "central" note is in here "just adumbrated but in a right way" (I mean masterfully modulated), namely that "holy" incensey resin that in this scent is classy (affording a sort of intellectual and historical aura) but never so heady to become kind of "sacramental". Frankly I don't crave for the averagely durable saffrony/gingery-cedary (vaguely creamy) presence which fortunately is just fleeting and never overwhelming. I get a floral (not listed) presence, something that smells like violet leaves/iris on my skin and I get a vague (kind of ghostly) resemblance (at least in style) with scents a la Iris de Nuit by Heeley, Kurkdjian Lumière Noir Pour Homme or Centrepiece by 4160 Tuesdays. The modern twist of this classic accord is represented by a fair musky application. Yes, the combination of greenish/vegetal floral notes, incensey dustiness and damp muskiness instills in me this sort of melancholic and kind of almost gothic feeling/ambience (despite the juice smells finally kind of modern chic and metropolitan at same time). It seems to catch as well hints of suede well connected to floral note and resins. Saffron is quite heady (probably too much for me) but in general the overall work is well crafted and subtle (something perfectly fitting to a "contemporary metropolitain dame of new millennium" ready to get in the Opera for a gala night). Finally, this juice express in its base a typically "parisian" classy concept of elegance in a sort of semi-oriental spicy way (a way not so distant from a typical Elie Saab's or Kurkdjian's style. I detect something conjuring me the Lumiere Noir's musky-lush romantic aura indeed). Dry down is an hyper smooth and poetic oudh/musk-accord working lyrically as silky leverage for sophisticated spices and lofty floral sparks. Another well appointed piece of contemporary luxuriousness straight from this french "haute couture" perfume maison.
17th April, 2016 (last edited: 27th April, 2019)
Really warm, subtle oud.

I was hoping for something more unique, but it wears like a more sophisticated, less sweet version of Hypnotic Poison.
22nd February, 2016

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