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A GUIDE TO AUTUMN/WINTER 2016’S BEST NEW FRAGRANCES
Like it or not, autumn is well on its way and your signature scent should follow suit. Sarah Young takes a look at some of the new season’s finest fragrances
Some of the best things about the new season are the smells that come with it from smoky bonfires and damp leaves to wafts of spicy cinnamon and despite the fact that we Brits endured our hottest day in over a century last week; the scent of fall is well and truly in the air. As a steady stream of new-season collections drop in stores so too the changeable world of fragrance enters its own seasonal renaissance. Just as we retrieve our cosy knits from hibernation our beauty repertoire must also follow suit.
Blustery weather calls for heady more decadent aromas as the less heavy perfumes we once prised are replaced with a healthy roster of warming scents to suit the season. Luckily, a slew of new fragrance launches means that there’s plenty to choose from but these aren’t the typical mysterious musks we’re used to. Instead, autumn’s scents cater to everyone, offering a merger between midsummer freshness and the dark, sultry undertones of cooler climes.
At the lighter end of the aromatic spectrum are a host of fragrances full of contrast; from Viktor & Rolf’s BonBon Couture to Coach and Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming these new interpretations see sweet smelling classics seasonally defined by their woody undertones. Floral notes such as orange blossom and peony are juxtaposed with blonde tobacco and white musk offering a more intense, stronger version of their originals.
The changing weather seems to have inspired a trend for sensual flankers with Jean Paul Gaultier, Paco Rabanne, Burberry and Calvin Klein jumping on the sensory bandwagon. As a reinterpretation of the original scent, Jean Paul Gaultier has launched Classique Essence with added hints of precious wood and spicy ginger as well as a new shape bottle in laser cut glass. Paco Rabanne bid Lady Million Prive as a more hypnotic, deep and oriental version of the original while My Burberry Black contains notes of candied roses and a base of amber and patchouli. For Calvin Klein, a variation on the theme of the original Euphoria, Deep Euphoria, brings a completely new composition to the table with rose, white peony and animalistic musk.
But perhaps the biggest new additions come courtesy of Loewe and Christian Louboutin. For Loewe, this is the release of its first fragrance under the helm of JW Anderson which interprets the aftermath of a first intimate encounter between two people; Woman 001 blends zesty notes of tangerine with creamy vanilla and fine-grained sandalwood.
Last month, Christian Louboutin joined its men and shoe destinations with the debut of the new beauty boutique on the ground-level beauty floor at Selfridges London; soon after came the launch of the brand’s debut trio of fragrances; Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde and Trouble in Heaven. With each scent defined by its own unique personality, Christian Louboutin aimed to create a means for women to express themselves.
“I wanted to celebrate woman and her desires. I wanted these fragrances to enhance an aspect of her personality, or perhaps reveal something about her that no one knew before,” the fashion giant said.
Sticking to the same scent seems so wide off the mark considering the amount of new launches on the market so why not build the ultimate fragrance wardrobe with an autumnal offering to match the changing weather ahead. From bright and girlish to warming, more masculine scents, the switch up of seasons means it’s time to transition your fragrance choices for fall.
10 Exotic and Seductive Perfumes That Will Make Her Never Leave You | About OUD
Impress, seduce, become irresistible and put her in the mood with the exotic scent of OUD
So this past weekend I got a phone call from a friend, Kike. She wanted a birthday gift (a nice perfume) for her boyfriend whose birthday was just a few days away.
She usually buys perfume from us, so she said she wanted something more than “seductive” this time around; something different from the TOP 10 Most Seductive Colognes for Men I wrote and share with her earlier.
In her own words, she said she wanted “an exotic scent”. So I suggested 3 perfumes for her namely – Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Desert Oud, Creed Royal Oud, and Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud. I told her she could choose from any of these three, that they are all great.
The next thing she asked me was “What’s Oud?”
Now I’m sure a lot of you folks reading this right now, would be asking the same question, so I will give you an interesting story about this mystical exotic and seductive scent before I delve into our Top 10 Oud Perfumes, so please give me few minutes of your time.
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WHAT IS OUD? (IT’S PRONOUNCED ÜD BY THE WAY)
Oud comes from the wood of the tropical Agar tree also known as the Agarwood tree. It is highly valued by perfumers for its sweet, woody, aromatic and complex scent. The Oud fragrance comes from a process whereby fungi infects the tree, the tree reacts by producing what is called an “oleoresin” – a precious, dark and fragrant resin. It is through this oleoresin saturated wood that Oud develops its aroma.
The fragrance essence of Oud in many parts of the world has been one of the most sought after and demanded essence oil especially in the Middle East and has existed 1000 years. It has really high value and is literally the most costly raw material in the world along with ambergris. Due to its rarity, high demand and the difficulty of harvesting it, oud oil is perhaps the most expensive oil in the world. Its value is estimated as 1.5 times of the value of gold, and it is sometimes referred to as ‘liquid gold‘.
MIRACLES OF OUD SCENT
In the Middle East burning of Oud is a culture, more like a ritual used to scent clothes and homes. The scent is so soft but yet it clings to the clothes. A fascinating and remarkable thing about Oud is when you mix another scent with it, because of its ability to hold, it kind of traps the perfume you’ve put with it and so your normal fragrance lasts for days and days smelling as fresh as the day you first applied it.READ 10 Ways to Make Your Beard Grow Faster and Thicker
OUD SCENTS– THE DESIGNER PERFUMES THAT WILL MAKE NEVER LEAVE YOU
Agarwood was not well known in the West until Tom Ford with his influence on Fashion started to work Oud into some of his Private Blends, this exposed Westerners to the use of Oud. Now the West has discovered the mystical charm of Agarwood, the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Gucci etc. have all launched oud-based perfumes in recent years.
You’ll find below, a selection of the best deep, rich, intense Oud fragrances from Tom Ford Oud Wood to Creed Royal Oud and Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Desert Oud.
TOP 10 OUD PERFUMES
1. TOM FORD NOIR OUD WOOD
Rare. Exotic. Distinctive. One of the rarest, precious and expensive ingredients in Tom Ford’s perfume arsenal, Oud Wood is often burned in incense-filled temples. Exotic rose wood and cardamom give way to a smoky blend of rare oud wood, sandalwood, and vetiver. Tonka bean and amber add warmth and sensuality.
2. DOLCE & GABBANA VELVET DESERT OUD
Velvet Desert Oud wafts like a breeze through the dunes of a desert. The fragrance seduces with classic Middle Eastern incense notes topping a heart of mysterious oud and the sweetness and depth of amber. The lingering soft musky base notes leave a final memory of the sweet seduction.
3. Acqua Di Parma Colonia Oud Eau de Cologne Concentrée
A member of Acqua Di Parma’s Colonia Ingredient Collection, Colonia Oud conjures a striking aroma that is richly aromatic and fresh. Italian citrus brightens Agarwood’s signature leather notes for a fragrance that is surprising and charismatic.
4. Boss Bottled Oud
BOSS BOTTLED OUD is created from rare and rich ingredients that create a complex, heady essence. The scent is described as masculine with a touch of luxury. Powerfully opulent, 100% natural, OUD is enriched with a Middle Eastern inspired blend of luxurious saffron, cinnamon, and virile woody notes. A powerful fragrance combining strong masculinity with opulence, OUD is the perfect balm for the Man of Today.
5. YVES SAINT LAURENT SPLENDID WOOD
The scent plays with the strong tension between the depth of woods and the sharp freshness of the cardamom and incense notes. The dark, intense and penetrating scents of an oud wood accord blend with the earth.
6. CREED ROYAL OUD
Creed has created their oud fragrance as a response to the many requests they received from clients, but they have adapted the scent to the style of their house. Wood, leather, marble and gold—the elements of a royal Persian palace—inspired this luxurious mix of the Persian and Parisian. Royal Oud is a stylish and warm Fougere fragrance with a beautiful kaleidoscope of woody, aromatic green and spicy nuances.READ Our Top 20 Refreshing Scents For Men | Perfect For The Warm Weather
7. CHRISTIAN DIOR LEATHER OUD
Leather Oud perfectly and elegantly blends animalistic notes of leather and civet with noble agar and other woody nuances (patchouli, sandalwood, birch, cedar, and vetiver). There are also ingredients of cardamom, cloves, Amyris, beeswax, amber and labdanum, which complement this warm composition. It comes with a deep and intense composition based on the leather facet of oud wood. Very long lasting with an enormous sillage.
The new fragrance of the Ralph Lauren Polo collection is an oriental masculine fragrance- Supreme Oud. The scent comes in Eau de Parfum concentration. It is developed by perfumer Carlos Benaim. The fragrance offers quality, strength, and longevity. The oriental – woody composition begins with spicy accords of pink pepper and cinnamon. The heart features smoky accord of Indian oud, laid on the base of vetiver and guaiac wood
9. JOHN VARVATOS OUD
John Varvatos Oud goes back in time to weave together oriental references of perfumery with the deeply mysterious presence of oud oil. This sensual blend of traditional yet modern aromas cloaks the wearer with a rich, long-lasting signature. Encased in a gleaming golden net, the flacon exudes an air of intriguing luxury.
10. VERSACE OUD NOIR FOR MEN
The seduction of a desert sunset; a warm breeze in the air giving a feeling of well-being. A sensual heady aroma, almost aphrodisiacal. One of the finest ingredients of perfumery craftsmanship gives life to Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir, the fragrance for men by Versace designed for lovers of oriental fragrances. An intense and regal composition; spicy and with a deep scent of leather. The fragrance features leather, agarwood (oud), oriental woodsy notes and spices.
AMBRE NUIT BY CHRISTIAN DIOR
Ambre Nuit is without a doubt one of the best fragrances from the Dior Privee line and one of my most favorite fragrances, period! It’s definitely going to get you compliments. The projection is great and it can be worn all year round. Remember, you’ve only got 7 seconds to make a great first impression, and if you really want to knock it out on your first encounter consider this your signature scent.
“Ambre Nuit orchestrates an encounter between two extremes. It is, in some way, the fragrant embodiment of Beauty and the Beast. This perfume combines the deep, animal facet of amber with the delicate velvet of Turkish rose. This potent duo is like a nocturnal wave of amber that sees strength and delicacy converse, where opposites attract.” François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-CreatorREAD NO SHAVE NOVEMBER – Rules and Info
Oud is very warm, deep, earthy, a little bit dry, not sweet but sensual, sometimes can be smoky. It pervades the air in a gentle way it’s like smelling the wind that just wraps you up.
Once you have discovered and experienced Oud you can’t imagine the idea of wearing scent without a little bit of it.
Have you used any of these perfumes before? If you have, please share with us your experience using it in the comment section. Which one was your favorite? Also, share your ‘reviews’ and let others learn from it and decide which one to go for. By the way, you could contact me if you need to buy any of these perfumes either for yourself or as a gift to someone.
Thank a million for stopping by and taking the time to read this. Till you hear from me again, Remain Stylish!