You hit the nail on the head: By Kilian Rose Oud is Pure Oud softened with some Liaisons Dangereuses top-notes. Plus saffron! Don't forget the saffron!
Who knows what role the illicit nature of my Rose Oud desire is playing, but all I know is that I only want to wear that perfume, and no other. And I've got plenty here staring me down that I'm supposed to be writing about.
I just gratefully received your latest decant pack, and immediately sprayed on Amouage Epic Man to relive the obsession that fed into that recent Epic Man post. And I am now so far gone down the Rose Oud trail since I last tried Epic Man, that I feel as you did about EM when you finally got your bottle: it's stronger and richer than I remembered.
Very masculine, too. And to think I was fully convinced at one point that Epic Man was me-est damn thing I'd ever smelled. And to think that at some point in the future, I'll be shaking my head wonderingly at my current Rose Oud devotion.
I've definitely exceeded the limits set in my Full Bottle-Worthy Rule: four empty samples equals FBW.
Yes, Epic Man is my most masculine fragrance, I'm certain. And it is a little odd that you ever claimed it as you. I'm a man, ostensibly, and I would never be so bold to claim it. At least until I learn how to build or repair something.
That's a long way of saying I don't think Epic Man was ever you but Rose Oud might be. I'm holding the vial in my hand right now (well, not right now, right now I'm typing) and while I haven't put it on, I can still smell it and I smell almost no oud.
From the vial, all I smell are fruity wine-y (not whiny...whiny would be me) roses. I'm sure it'll reveal more dimensions when it's on, but that'll have to wait because I'm wearing my Andrée Putman Preparation Parfumée.
Four empty samples definitely equals FBW. I've never even made it to four. I'm Mr. Owl in the Tootsie Roll Pop commercial, three samples and I've reached the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop.
In a Pavlovian fashion, when you mentioned fruity wine-y roses, I ran to re-apply Rose Oud. Why am I loving this so much? Can you tell me that?
Now having tried Rose Oud, I can give you my instant worthless assessment: it's very nice and I think you love it because of this.
It's such a clever use of oud in that the oud is quite present and yet somehow not at all dominant. Which not only allows the rose to stand out (and it's a lovely rose) but also provides a stage for all the other notes. The oud is the stage and not the whole production. Which is perfect because oud is typically heavy and immovable, which are ideal characteristics for a stage. (Nobody likes an unsteady stage, KP.) And it helps ground what could have been a volatile little cast.
Speaking of ground, I've run this dumb analogy into it.
But, yes, yes, Rose Oud is excellent, everything is rather subdued and in perfect balance, you can choose to smell only the notes you want or enjoy all of them at once, with only a simple adjustment of your brain.
And there aren't too many notes -- rose, fruit, spices and oud -- so it's rich but not ostentatiously so. (Hear that, Musc Ravageur?) It's not quiet (no one would put up with quiet for $400), but it is soft and almost mellow, right? It's only been an hour, but so far I like it a lot.
I kind of wish I hadn't smelled this one. I shouldn't spend another dime on perfume for at least a month. Two months if I'm being completely level-headed. I need some oud to ground me.
Fumies, any FBW rules for you? Or do you, as my father describes his grocery shopping technique, "just grab and buy"?
Read By Kilian Rose Oud Part 1 here.