Luxury Fragrances: Never getting a second chance at a first impression is meaningless when it comes to Al Oudh, the newest addition to an already impressive selection of exclusive creations by L'Artisan Parfumeur. Giving Al Oudh a second chance (and maybe a third or fourth) quite possibly may result in graduating from mainstream familiarity to the true meaning of understanding fragrance at a higher level. As with many things new, and unfamiliar, one must acquire a more sophisticated appreciation for Al Oudh (pronounced ood).
Beginning with pink pepper mixed with dried fruit, cumin and cardamome we embark on a journey taking us to the heart where neroli, a hint of iris, rose and leather enveloped in castoreum, civet and rare musks open the doors to the sensuality of the base where we are welcomed by harmonies of sandalwood and atlas cedar, with patchouli, incense and myrrh, vanilla and tonka bean.
And then, when we are mesmerized gazing at the ornately decorated flacon, we realize we have arrived at our destination and we are grateful for second chances.
By Ari Driver
Owner, Perfume Paradise