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I’ve been wanting to crack this joke for such a long time.

The reason I’m writing this article is not really because the topic itself would be so interesting but because I find it so extremely exciting how you can follow the change or development of a person’s personality and mood (Pun unintended.) by just looking at the scents they use in the long run, especially, when they are in an environment in which they unconsciously experiment all kinds of different fragrances all the time.
Now, I am exactly in that lucky situation because I get to be surrounded by scents all day long and I get to experiment all of them, everyday. With so many frequent impulses I’ve kind of gone through many phases so quickly and the last phase I’ve been in turned out to be the most exciting one, I guess because I’ve never thought it would happen.

So, to make this article some sense already, the thing is…

I never liked oud.
Okay, that’s not true.
I’ve never known oud, but after we got intoduced to each other I wasn’t even really into it, to tell you the truth.
It’s harsh, it’s way too camphoric, it’s way too rough.
(Basically, it’s like that handsome guy everyone says you should fall for whom when you first meet turns out to be a rude asshat.)

And then, after stating oud is not the ultimate ingredient for me, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and his newest perfume at the time came into the picture.

However, let’s just talk about oud for a second.
It is actually the resin of agarwood, an ingredient that is even more expensive than gold. It can only be obtained after at least 50 years through a secret process used for thousand years. (Though I think it’s a total gimmick.) The resin is a rich and dark oil which has this camphoric, woody, tobacco-like smell. Rumour has it, “it’s also a psychoactive substance, often used by Buddhists during their meditations, as it eliminates exhaustion, revives the body and the spirit, expels negative energies and mobilises internal strength. It is often referred to as the best antidote to neurosis and other neurological disorders.”
Wow, wait for it, it is also claimed to be an aphrodisiac that enhances desire. (You’re welcome.)

There are so many kinds of perfume containing oud, and all of them is the same to me or at least very similar.
(Keep in mind, it’s all my personal opinion.)
But then, as I said, Mr Maison Francis Kurkdjian came into the picture. He is so extraordinarily a genious that he even got a lifetime award after his fragrances. Fortunately, I’m not a maniac, I’m not in love with all his scents, as a matter of fact, I don’t even say I’ve loved him from the very beginning neither. But, you know, as I said before, it’s not surprising since it’s all part of a journey.

Eventually, however, as I kept accidantelly smelling his work, I guess I’ve been charmed by… that special kind of smootheness, softness, the chill vibe of his fragrances.
When he started his new project at the time, the Oud Mood collection, and we got the first ouds from him, I have to tell you the truth, I didn’t really give a shit about them. (God, I hope my boss doesn’t read this.) I knew I don’t like the main ingredient, I smelled them once or twice, and I wasn’t all over the moon about them because I “prepared” not to like them no matter what.
But then he came out with the third oudy scent of his, and first I was like “Oh, wow, that doesn’t suck.” I didn’t want to spray it on my skin, but I knew that it’s so much more different than any other oudy scent.
It was very smooth, sweet, (Due to the vanilla, violet and rose.) yet had that significant character which gave it a slight eastern vibe just to make it even more luxurious. I tiptoed around trying it for some time, and then I just sprayed it on, and guys, I was done.
It was amazing.
Whenever I smelt my skin it made me smile, I cannot compare it with anything.
This perfume was not other than Oud Satin Mood.

This sweetheart did a great job at making me trust in oud a bit more, and when Mr Kurkdjian came out with his two newest fragrances, (Oud Velvet and Oud Cashmere, I’m not talking about them since I’m still trying them.) I decided to resmell all the five ouds just to compare them and understand them even more.

And that was the time when I fell in love with Oud.


Just the simple, good old Oud.
It’s not sweet as my dear Satin, it contains cedarwood and saffran, but still, you can feel those two years that Kurkdjian spent with softening the oud’s characteristic power. And on my skin, it was even better.
It was like pure luxury.

Now, I left Oud Silk as the last one, because it is basically kind of the combination of the two, even though it was the second in the series. It has the twist of sweetness of Satin, but still got from that character of the first Oud.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian
from Neroli
70 ml 64 400 Ft (201 Euros)

Oud Silk Mood
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
from Neroli
70 ml 89 900 Ft (281 Euros)

Oud Satin Mood
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
from Neroli
70 ml 64 400 Ft (201 Euros)

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  1. […] called oud, which is the resin of agarwood (In case you want to know more about it just check out this post.) and other woody ingredients (sandalwood, patchouli) and that incredible softness is due to the […]

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