I just did a By Kilian Rose Oud standing bath at Scent Bar. I was a bit "eh" when I first smelled it on a blotter at Bergdorf's during Sniffa last April, but I thought I'd actually wear it this time, and I'm officially living for it.
Yes. Now it can be told. Rose Oud and me, it's love. But a "stolen spritzes" kind of love, because who has $400 to lay down for a bottle, even if it is a bottle full of joy? The only real purpose for my last four Scent Bar visits has been to load up on Rose Oud samples, with accompanying mid-shop WBs each time.
Rose Oud is pretty simple and linear: rose, oud, saffron, cardamom. Add "whiskers on kittens", and these are a few of my favorite things. I can't get enough of it.
It's a rich, fruity, almost winey rose, and plus, I love rose and saffron together. And the oud is nice and cuddly, less present than in Pure Oud, more like the grounding, subtly enveloping oud of Amouage Epic Man. (But without the odd savoriness of Epic Man that makes me feel overstuffed when I wear it.)
Rose Oud is kind of sweet without the obvious sweetness of, say, Back to Black. I can't figure out what's making it sweet-ish. And I'm comparing it now to Amouage Lyric for Women, another saffron rose. Lyric is more complex, what with the incense and ylang ylang. It's sharper and nuttier than Rose Oud.
Rose Oud has what I like in L'Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant, that saffron rose "am I smelling this, eating this or wearing this?". But Rose Oud is richer, with the edges burred. Like ST, it's not obviously rose. Everything's counterbalanced. And while it's dense and rich, it's not smothering and heavy, the way Montale White Aoud (my current solid in the rose-saffron-oud dept) can be.
(Incidentally, I'm also kind of getting down with Juliette Has a Gun Midnight Oud, too, a woodier, less-plush rose and oud. It's more masculine than Rose Oud.)
I'm just going to live off my cadged samples for a while until I figure out if Rose Oud and I have a future. But what if we are perfect for each other? What am I supposed to do about that with its silly-billy price? Just keep going to the Scent Bar every three days? With the occasional teeth-gritted trip to Saks?
Sigh. Off to dab on more Rose Oud.
Read By Kilian Rose Oud Part 2 here.
You make Rose Oud sound like Pure Oud softened with some Liaisons Dangereuses top notes. But $400 is a big fat number. And, remember, it's only 50ml. Is it worth not buying anything else for the next three months? At least?
Is the Scent Bar onto you or do you have everyone's schedule and plan your visits so you never see the same person twice in a row? The illicit nature of your Rose Oud relationship might have something to do with your enthusiasm. Commit to it, introduce it to your friends, see it sitting there every single day and maybe you'll start longing for something else. (And, yes, I'm still talking about you and Rose Oud.)