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April 13, 2018 2 min read

 

Rob from Rob Loves Perfume, kindly did a great review of our new Oud perfume (Yes with our own Genuine Cultivated Oud)

 

CAN YOU TAKE SOMETHING GOOD AND MAKE IT BETTER? Australian firm @grandawood are Queensland-based producers, importers and distillers of oud. In 2017 they formed a partnership with the late Jonathon Midgley of Damask Perfumery. He used their “Oud Evergreen” oil and enhanced it with other notes to create an alcohol-based spray perfume: Oud Spirit. The Oud Evergreen Jonathon used is a fresh, tangy, green and slightly leathery oud which has been enhanced, rather than obscured. As the product hits the skin, it packs a powerful punch and is unmistakably based on real oud in all its shocking glory. Only a matter of seconds later, the fragrance changes as other notes emerge. My first thought is lemon blossom, sending shoots of sweet citrus nectar into the composition. Next, vanilla and leather arrive. Sweetness increases, but is tempered by the sultry powderiness of leather. I’m told by the brand that this leather effect is coming from the oud itself and in fact, this makes sense. Further into the wearing I sense another sweet note, perhaps slightly medicinal. It could be benzoin. There is something herbal like sage. I don’t know if it is sage, or just the herbal qualities of the oud, but it’s good. Now I can detect a frankincense note, dry and crisp, blending with the lemon blossom, vanilla, oud and leather. The composition seems to change continuously. I even occasionally get an effect like lemon meringue pie on a crunchy biscuit base - but the oud is still there. Every time I smell it, something has changed and a new aspect emerges in the composition. This is definitely a good sign, reflecting the quality of the perfumer’s work This is a great composition that will please oud lovers everywhere. It’s elegant and restrained but also full of character. It also really projects and seems to last for hours on skin. I can imagine wearing this in any weather as it’s warm, fresh and clean all at the same time. I wish Grandawood all the best with this product as I believe it’s going to stir up a lot of interest both domestically and overseas. #oud #oudh #aoud #agarwood #grandawood #oudspirit #fragrance #sprayperfume

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