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Amber Oud

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The traditional amber note is vanilla and labdanum, sweet, creamy, and smooth, but Amber Oud from Nicolaï opens with the freshness of a traditional cologne. Lavender in all its soapy aromatic freshness jumps right out of the bottle. From the note list, I know that thyme and sage are there too, and I soon identify the herbal sage. Spices come up quickly, dusty saffron and cinnamon, and then, there it is, the oud note, but it’s very different from the oud I’ve experienced in other perfumes. This oud doesn’t take centre stage, it’s very much subdued, relieved of its traditional dank bitterness, tempered by the lavender, sweetened and smoothed by the amber. It seems suspended in a golden haze as the heart notes appear.
A woody accord of cedar and creamy sandalwood forms the heart of Amber Oud, which adds a distinct richness and is the transition to the rich animalic base. Vanilla and tonka with their slight boozy notes, the hint of stink from musk and castoreum, the smooth warmth of golden amber, all wrap around the fascinating lavender oud accord, and transport Amber Oud into the perfume heavens, where it shines with a clear golden light.
Amber Oud is definitely different from other ouds. It’s scent is mysterious but not forbidding, it smells exotic but familiar, it is rich and balanced, it’s a scent that I want to go back to over and over again. By using lavender as the link between amber and oud, Patricia de Nicolaï has offered a unique experience of traditional notes from different cultures, and created a new interpretation of oud. 
Notes: Lavender, thyme,  sage, cinnamon, saffron, agarwood (oud), Atlas cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, tonka bean, amber, musk, styrax, castoreum
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Patricia de Nicolaï

Price: $5.00