Oud is a fragrant resinous wood that goes by a variety of different names, and it is used in a variety of products, from incense to perfume. This ingredient has been known as aloeswood, eaglewood, and most notably, agarwood. No matter what it’s called, however, one thing is for certain: this is a scent that’s unmistakable when a person comes across it.
Oud smells like a woody, slightly musky scent with just a touch of nuttiness to it. It’s a fragrance that’s very important to people all over the world, but most notably in the Middle East. It’s also a scent that’s gaining popularity in the U.S and Europe, which is why we’ve decided to review some of the best oud perfumes currently available.
Best Oud Perfumes
10. Haramain Amber Oud Gold Edition Eau De Parfum
Haramain Amber Oud Gold Edition is a perfume that was launched in 2018 and is a fragrance that’s been described as an Oriental fragrance with vanilla undertones. It’s a scent that can be used by both men and women and is a great scent for wearing all year long—day or night. Some of the notes that can be found in this fragrance include a top note of bergamot; middle (heart) notes of amber, melon, and pineapple; and base notes that include oud, musk, and vanilla. This is a fragrance that’s sweet, but not sticky, and is woody without being overpowering.
9. La Yuqawam Tobacco Blaze Eau De Parfum for Men
La Yuqawam Tobacco Blaze is a perfume for men that was first introduced in 2013 and continues to be an important fragrance to this day. It’s a blend of sensual and brooding scents that modern men are going to love, especially when they’re heading out for a night on the town. This fragrance has top notes that include saffron, neroli, and lily-of-the-valley. It also has heart notes that include cedar, violet, amber, apricot, and coumarin. And at its base are where the oud notes filter through—notes that are accompanied by notes of leather and patchouli as well. All of these notes make this a sophisticated and elegant fragrance for men to enjoy.
8. Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir Perfume
Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir is a woody fragrance that has Oriental fragrance notes and was launched in 2013. This perfume has top notes of black pepper, bitter orange, and neroli; heart notes that include notes of saffron, cardamom, and olibanum; and base notes that include the notes of agarwood (oud), leatherwood, and patchouli. This is a fragrance that is especially well suited for wearing out at night, and it is probably the perfect fall or winter perfume. It’s woody, exotic notes are sure to please the noses of modern men, and instill them with the confidence to go out into the world.
7. Swiss Arabian Shaghaf Oud Eau de Parfum
We think that the beauty of Swiss Arabian Shaghaf Oud perfume is its simplicity. Unlike some other competing agarwood perfumes, this one isn’t a cacophony of discordant notes but is a well-defined fragrance with only five notes. It’s five notes that work together to strike the perfect balance. At the top of this perfume’s scent scheme is the single note of saffron; at its heart, it is a light and pleasing rose scent. And finally, at its very core, this perfume has notes of vanilla, praline, and oud. That makes this perfume a pleasant fragrance that delivers huge sillage and one that lasts a long time.
6. Al Rehab Oud & Rose Eau De Perfume
This perfume is a product that’s from the Middle East and is a perfect combination of just two notes: oud and roses. It’s a fragrance that can be worn all year round and for both daytime and nighttime wear. It’s a perfume that goes well with most people’s body chemistries and its sillage and longevity are epic. Although we can’t say that everyone will love this woodsy, rosy fragrance, we can say that we liked it quite a lot. This is a perfume that leans towards the masculine side of the scale but is nonetheless a unisex oud perfume that some people are going to delight in using.
5. Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau De Parfum
Tim Ford Oud Wood is from Tom Ford’s Private Collection—a collection of fragrances that are designed to exist outside of the usual way that fragrances are designed. It’s a scent that was launched in 2007 and is a delightful blend of fragrances notes. This perfume begins with top notes of cardamom, sandalwood, and black pepper. At its heart, are notes of rosewood and vanilla, and at its base are notes of amber, Tonka bean, vetiver, and oud. It’s a fragrance that has moderate sillage but is long-lasting. This is a fragrance that many people are going to love wearing as they go about their daily lives.
4. Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud Eau De Parfum Spray
Ralph Lauren Supreme Oud is a perfume that’s encapsulated in a dark bottle and was released in 2015. It’s a fragrance that was created by Carlos Benaim and is considered to be an Oriental woodsy composition with good sillage and long hang time. It’s made with top notes of cinnamon and pink pepper; a single heart note of pure oud fragrance; and base notes that include vetiver and guaiac wood. It’s a fragrance that doesn’t include roses or saffron the way most oud fragrances do, so it certainly appeals to perfume lovers tired of the same old oud perfume formulations.
3. Armaf Club De Nuit Intense
Club De Nuit Armaf Intense is an oud fragrance that hits many of the familiar rose scents found in oud perfumes, but thankfully its saffron notes are somewhat subdued. This fragrance has heavy sillage and lasts a long time, which makes it a great fall and evening fragrance. This product has top notes that include notes of roses, saffron, and geranium; it has heart notes of black pepper, nutmeg, caraway, and violets; and it has base notes of oud, amber, patchouli, and vanilla. It’s a pleasant woodsy Chypre floral that’s made for the modern oud lover and one that’s sure to hang around for awhile.
2. Franck Olivier Oud Touch Cologne For Men
This cologne was released by Franck Olivier in 2014 and is an intoxicating mix of fruit, floral, oud and musk scents. At the top of this fragrance, the wearer will notice notes of caramel infused with raspberry and oranges that linger longer than the top notes of other fragrances. It also has heart notes of jasmine, patchouli, roses, and violets, and it has base notes that include vanilla, amber, and musk. This is a great evening and/or fall cologne that seems like it was custom made for the modern man. Although some people may think it’s opening is a little too sweet, for many people, it’s a fragrance they love to wear every day.
1. Swiss Arabian Zahra Concentrated Perfume
Contained within a bottle that makes it the perfect centerpiece of any dresser, this perfume is not only a great scent but is stylish as well. This perfume has top notes of musk, sandalwood, and saffron. It also has heart notes that include notes of jasmine, roses, oud, mimosa, and marigolds. And at its base, are notes that include fruity notes, green notes, and notes of red berries. Even though we can’t say that this is the best oud perfume available, it is a very pleasant scent that we feel many of our faithful readers are going to enjoy using.
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A Guide To Oud Perfumes
Oud is a fragrance that’s been used for centuries and has been prized for its rich and musky aroma. Even though it’s a fragrance that’s prized in the Middle East, people all over the world are discovering its charms every day. That’s why we’ve decided to devote a guide to the subject of oud perfumes. So if anyone is looking to unearth the mysteries of this fragrance, then they might want to read on.
What Exactly Is Oud?
Oud, also known as agarwood, is formed when Phialophora Parisitica infects the heartwood of aquaria trees. Before the heartwood of the tree becomes infected, the wood is lightly colored and has almost no odor whatsoever. After the infection begins to progress through the heartwood, however, it produces a darkly-colored resin known as aloes. This is the tree’s response to the infection, which gives it its distinctive fragrance.
Oud is highly prized through the Middle East and is an essence that is not only used heavily in perfumes but is also used heavily in incense products. Because of the difficulty of obtaining this product due to the depletion of agarwood as natural wood, oud is one of the most expensive natural materials in the world. This has led some people to label this product as liquid gold.
What Does Oud Smell Like?
Even though we’d like to give all of our readers a quick and easy answer to what oud smells like—the fact of the matter is that it varies. The scent not only depends on what type of wood is used but how that wood is harvested and processed, too. There are just too many variables at work, so the oud that one company uses might be different than the oud used by another company.
Having stated that fact, however, what we can say is that most oud scents can be described as a warm and woodsy smell that might have a musky or even a slightly rotten tinge to it. Some of these oud scents may also have a smoky feel to them, while others might have a sweet tinge to them. Of course, a lot of these variations can be attributed to the scents that are used in conjunction with oud.
The Symbolism Of Oud
What many fragrance guides leave out of their discussions of this marvelous fragrance is its symbolism. We’ve seen fragrance guides talk about everything but what this scent means to people and we feel that’s a shame. Oud is one of those fragrances that has a deeper meaning than many other fragrance notes—sometimes it even has a mystical association attached to it.
For many people, oud is a fragrance shorthand for Middle Eastern culture. It’s a fragrance that’s also seen as a bridge between eastern and western cultures. It’s also a fragrance that’s associated with hospitality and goodwill. And let’s not forget that oud is used by religions all over the world in their ceremonies. So everyone who is thinking about wearing this fragrance, remember it’s a fragrance that conveys a lot more than just a woodsy, musky scent. It’s a scent layered with meaning.
What Other Notes Go With Oud Notes?
If you look at most oud fragrances, you’ll notice two other scents that often accompany it, and these two notes are clary sage and roses. These two fragrances accompany oud so often, it has caused some people to call this fragrance combination the ‘holy trinity’ of oud notes. However, those two notes aren’t the only two notes that go well with oud. Other fragrance notes work well too. Let’s take a quick look at them, shall we?
As a general rule, notes that go well with oud often include Oriental and/or Chypre notes. This includes the following notes:
- Bitter Oranges
- Blood Oranges
A Selection Of Oud Fragrances
Okay, since we’ve covered some of the fragrances that we think our the best oud perfumes, and have also covered some of the basic information that we feel our readers need to know about this ingredient, we thought that we’d now cover some other oud fragrances that we liked. Although the following perfumes and colognes weren’t suitable enough to make it on our top list, we otherwise think they’re fine fragrances that some of our readers might want to try. Let’s take a look at them.
- Creed Royal Oud
- Acqua Di Parma Colonia
- Yves Saint Laurent M7 Oud Absolu
- Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot
- Christian Dior Leather Oud
- Giorgio Armani Prive Oud Royal
- Shay & Blue Oud Alif
- Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute