a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
AOUD – 2004 – ♂
Classification: Woody Spicy
Heart: Clove, Oud, Saffron, Sandalwood, Cinnamon
Base: Honey, Patchouli
Perfumers: Jean Claude Astier and Geoffrey Nejman
Price: $185 for 100ml bottle
Have you even hosted one of those parties that was so exhausting, none of the cleanup happened until late the following morning? If you have, you’ll be familiar with one particularly nauseating scent. That scent is warm, flat beer. Now, if the smell of warm, flat beer is to your liking, I have some great news for you. That smell has finally been translated into a niche fragrance called Aoud by Martine Micallef. And who said the fragrance world has covered every possible theme?
Aoud starts off with a slightly boozy but sticky-sweet honey and woody nutmeg brew. This staid combination was pretty harmless and somewhat enjoyable until a healthy dose of resinous oud was tossed on top. Aoud goes from brew house to barn house in no time flat. Unfortunately, this fragrance didn’t even make it out the barn door before it turned bad on my skin. While the spices were prevalent, I found little evidence of floral notes until I heard a faint plea from a tiny little rose suffocating under a deluge of sweetness, and dusted with just a bit of sharp saffron. The tail end of the heart of Aoud turns smoky, which ends all probability of a reprieve for the pretty rose. An overly earthy patchouli clumsily wanders into a sandalwood and spicy cinnamon base to seal the deal. Regrettably, the honeyed barnyard scent still lingers on.
The one redeeming quality that Aoud has is terrible longevity. I hardly ever sample fragrances that I feel are scrub-worthy, but Aoud came very close. It’s a good thing it perished before I had to resort to drastic measures.