There are various oud perfumes and fragrances available worldwide. In this post I will provide you with information on oud and also on the best oud perfumes.
What Is Oud?
Oud or Oudh means wood in Arabic. Some wooden instruments are referred to as oud in the Arabian peninsula. The word oud is more commonly used for the wood and resin that is produced as a result of the Aquilaria tree getting infected by the “Phialophora Parasitica” fungus.
When the tree is infected it produces a resin to fight off the fungal infection. This resin has a distinct fragrance that is released when the infected wood is burned.
Oud is only produced as a result of the tree getting infected. Not all Aquilaria trees produce oud, only a small number will produce the resin that becomes oud. It is estimated that only 2% of the Aquilaria trees produce oud.
Oud has been used in the Arabian Peninsula for ancient times. The wooden chips were burned to release the oud fragrance to perfume rooms in the house and also clothes.
These oud chips were burned as Bakhoor in burners and the smoke was used to perfume clothes and hair. This was very common in Arabian households.
The oil extracted from the the oud chips is known as “Dehn Al Oud”. This is diluted in it’s pure form to make attar (essential oil). These oud attars are popular amongst Arabs and Muslims worldwide.
The oud essential oil is also used as a base note in many perfumes. Oud infused perfumes are popular worldwide. Many designer brands have created their own blend of oud based perfumes.
Different Types Of Oud
There are many types of oud available in the market. There 3 types listed below are the most commonly used in perfumes.
The most popular and most expensive oud is Oud Hindi. This comes from the Assam region of India and Sylhet region of Bangladesh.
The Aquilaria tree is know as Agar tree, and the oil is referred to as agarwood oil in these regions. Some of these infected trees takes years to mature to form high quality oud. There are 15 different species of the Aquilaria tree.
This agar tree has become extremely rare, as most of them have been cut down to harvest oud. The vast majority don’t form any oud.
The price of oud has skyrocketed as a result of this reduction in oud trees. The Aquilaria tree is also listed as an endangered species. An ounce of high quality oud oil is valued higher than an ounce of pure gold.
Oud Hindi has a strong woody, masculine fragrance it a pronounced animalic accord. The essential oil is brownish in color.
This variety of oud is harvested from Aquilaria tree located in the wild jungles of Cambodia. These oud trees take decades to mature after they have been infected by the “Phialophora Parasitica” fungus.
Oud Cambodi is ruby red to brown in color. Cambodian oud oil has a sweet animalic smell, less pungent than Oud Hindi. It has more of a sweetish, smoky wild honey smell.
This type of oud is harvested from the deepest, dense forest of Taman Negra in Malaysia. The Aquilaria trees are rare and oud bearing ones are really hard to find.
Malaysian oud is light brown to dark green in color. It has gives off a rich woody, warming aroma. Oud Malay is less common than Oud Hindi and Oud Cambodi, as only a small percentage of it is sold to outsiders. It is usually used by the indigenous Malay people that reside within the forest.
Perfume and fragrances are formulated using 3 notes: top note, middle note and base note. The top note is also know as the head note. The middle note is also know as the heart note.
Top note scents last for 5 to 15 minutes. Heart note scents last for 20 to 60 minutes. Base note scents can last for 12 hours or longer in premium perfumes.
When you apply a perfume the top note scents are diffused first, followed by the heart note scents and then the base note diffuses slowly, lasting the longest.
Usually the top and middle notes are sweet, floral scents. The base note scents are more pungent and linger on longer. Oud is one of the most popular base notes scents used in perfumes.
There is a lot experimentation involved in formulating premium perfumes. The global perfume business is worth over $50 billion yearly.
Creed Royal Oud
Creed Royal Oud Eau de Parfum is really popular and last for a relatively long time.
Creed launched Royal Oud in 2011 as an Amber Fougere fragrance for both men and women. Creed Royal Oud was created by Olivier Creed and Julien Rasquinet.
Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Lemon and Sicilian Bergamot.
Middle Notes: Cedar, Angelica and Galbanum.
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Agarwood (Oud) and Musk.
Tom Ford Oud Wood
Tom Ford Oud Wood is one of the best Oud Eau De Parfum fragrances in the world.
It lasts for 6 to 8 hours.
Top Notes: Rosewood, Cardamom and Chinese Pepper.
Middle Notes: Oud, Sandalwood and Vetiver.
Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla and Amber.
Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir
Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir is a luxury Oud Eau de Parfum. It gives off an oriental and woody essence that lingers on for a long time. This is a masculine Oud fragrance that was launched in 2013 as a luxury perfume.
Top Notes: Black Pepper, Bitter Orange and Neroli.
Middle Notes: Saffron, Cardamom and Olibanum.
Base Notes: Agarwood (Oud), Patchouli and Leatherwood.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Extrait De Parfum
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Extrait De Parfum is created with special sourced ingredients from Laos. This luxury Oud perfume blend emits woody cedar notes that reflect travelling through the mysterious forests of Asia.
Top Notes: Saffron and Elemi Resin.
Middle Notes: Vanilla, Lilly Of The Valley, Marine Notes and Peony.
Base Notes: Oud from Laos, Indonesian Patchouli and Musk.
Acqua Di Parma Oud & Spice
This Oud & Spice Eau De Parfum is a woody luxury fragrance for men. It was launched by Acqua Di Parma in 2021.
Top Notes: Raspberry, Rose and Bergamot.
Middle Notes: Cloves, Pink Pepper and Cinnamon.
Base Notes: Agarwood (Oud), Labdanum and Patchouli.
Christian Dior Oud Ispahan
Oud Ispahan is a Amber floral Oud fragrance created by Francois Demachy in 2012 for Dior. This is a luxury oud perfume for both men and women.
Top Notes: Labdanum.
Middle Notes: Patchouli.
Base Notes: Agarwood (Oud), Rose, Sandalwood and Cedar.
Frédéric Malle The Night
The Night Created by Dominique Ropion in 2014 for Frédéric Malle. This is a Oud and Turkish rose infused luxury Eau De Parfum.
Top Notes: Turkish Rose and Saffron.
Middle Notes: 100% Natural Indian Oud.
Base Notes: Frankincense and Sandalwood.
Guerlain Oud Essentiel
Guerlain Oud Essentiel is a luxury Eau De Parfum with a Amber Woody fragrance. It is suitable for both men and women. This luxury perfume was created by Thierry Wasser in 2017.
Top Notes: Saffron and Pelargonium.
Middle Notes: Agarwood (Oud), Rose and Atlas Cedarwood.
Base Notes: Leather, Incense, Gaïac Wood Scent.
Roja Parfums Musk Aoud
Musk Aoud is a luxury Oud Eau De Parfum by Roja Parfums. It is suitable for both men and women, released in 2013 by Roja Parfums. It’s a floral, woody, oriental fragrance with above-average longevity.
Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot and Verbena.
Middle Notes: Geranium, Rose De Mai, Jasmin De Grasse and Ylang Ylang.
Base Notes: Rhubarb, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Saffron, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Casmir Wood, Sandalwood, Aoud, Vanilla, Leather, Ambergris and Musk.
Louis Vuitton Nuit De Feu
Nuit De Feu is a luxury Amber Woody Eau De Parfum launched in 2022 by Louis Vuitton. It is suitable for both men and women.
Top Notes: Olibanum.
Middle Notes: Agarwood (Oud) and Incense.
Base Notes: Musk and Leather.