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).
Developed by L'Artisan Parfumeur's master nose, Bertrand Duchaufour, at first one's senses are surprised by an almost indescribable earthy depth. It is mysterious and familiar at the same time, and then it seems to play with your senses. It will dare you not to be intrigued, yet insist on your undivided attention. Al Oudh is not for the faint of heart, but once it seduces your senses with the mysteries of the Orient and the fantasies of the Arabian desert it becomes an experience one wants to intimately embrace.
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