Words: Lauren Carbran
Oud perfume has been a hit in the Middle East for years, and it’s made waves over here for the last decade. It’s easy to see why: rich, evocative and intense, it packs a punch. And any passionate perfume lover should have one in their fragrance collection, if you ask us.
Its origins are not quite so glam. It derives from a tropical agar tree, which, when it gets infected by a fungus (nice), secretes a fragrant resin that ends up as the oud in your perfume.
Rich and potent, ouds are perfect for attracting attention and parting in. But not all ouds are equal - some are fresh and fruity, while others are more floral and romantic. Whatever your vibe, here are four ouds to suit your mood...
FOR CELEBRATING: GUCCI OUD FOR HER & FOR HIM
An oud fragrance by one of the most famous Italian labels on the planet – what could be more Saturday-night glam than that? Here, the warm base of oud and patchouli is given added sparkle with pretty notes of pear and raspberry. Perfect to pair with an LBD and stiletto courts.
FOR A ROMANTIC DATE NIGHT: Lancome Oud Bouquet For her & For him
It doesn't get much better than this dreamy seductive oud. Combined with praline, rose, vanilla and woody notes and oud, it has all those romantic feels. Wear it on a night out – particularly if it includes an elegant restaurant. A come-hither concoction if ever there was one.
FOR AN EGO BOOST: HUGO BOSS BOSS BOTTLED OUD FOR HIM
We love this chic oud, and for occasions when you're getting suited and booted, this masculine oud from Hugo Boss will bring out your smart, dapper side. The smell? Apple, citrus, saffron, sandalwood and oud. You’ll be the talk of the party, guaranteed.
FOR UPDATING YOUR LOOK: VERSACE OUD NOIR FOR HIM
This spicy, zesty oud scent is the ideal choice for those of you looking to switch up your style for something a little more playful. That tangy, sharp blend you can’t quite put your finger on? That’ll be the bitter orange, neroli, black pepper and saffron. Oh, and the base notes of oud wood and leathery wood give it an extra wow factor.