If you’re a keen fan of fragrances, you’ll know that oud oil is a much sought-after ingredient. Valued by most of the world’s most celebrated perfume houses, it’s an exclusive, immediately recognisable scent – and the ideal aroma if you want to smell like an A-list celebrity.
But what exactly is it, and why do the designer perfume-makers love it so much? Here are all your questions answered.
What is oud oil anyway?
Oud essential oil comes from the Aquilaria tree, which can be found in Asia and the Middle-East. Aquilaria trees (sometimes also called Agar) have been used in countries like India and China for centuries. The fragrant wood-chips used to be burned during religious rituals, thanks to their almost intoxicating effect.
However, it’s not the wood that makes the oud perfume oil. It’s actually created by a parasitic mould (yes, really!). Although that doesn’t sound very pleasant, it results in one of the most decadent scents known to man.
The mould attacks the Aquilaria tree, which then protects itself with a dark, sticky resin. Over time, this resin hardens, and becomes oud oil. It’s also sometimes called agarwood or oudh. The parasitic mould only attacks a few trees, which means not much oud is produced. This is why it’s such an expensive, desirable ingredient.
Oud also has a rich, illustrious history. It wasn’t just used in perfumes; it was also prized as a medicine for many health complaints. Oud was traded as a much-prized item, and worn by royalty and wealthy merchants.
What’s the best oud perfume oil?
Several of the world’s finest fragrances use oud as a key ingredient. It’s not surprising, given how opulent its aroma is. You’ll often find oud as a base note, complemented by other rich ingredients like amber, ambergris or cedarwood.
Here’s a quick run-through of some the best perfumes featuring oud essential oil.
- Velvet Rose and Oud. Our version of this iconic female fragrance really showcases the power of oud. Rather than featuring lots of other ingredients, it keeps things simple, focusing on the potency of the rose and the oud in combination. A hint of sweet praline and spicy clove add the right level of balance.
- Colonia Intensa Oud. This is definitely one of our bestselling fragrances, inspired by the fantastic original. Colonia Intensa Oud captures the atmosphere of the Middle-East, with a rich, spicy scent. Lighter citrus notes lift the oud slightly, which makes this suitable for either daytime or night-time wear.
- Oud Wood. Looking for something that is ultra-masculine and highly sensual? Oud Wood is the perfect choice. It lets the oud take centre stage, whilst taking the scent even deeper with tonka bean and amber. This enigmatic fragrance is ideal for going out in the evenings, or for wearing to a special event.
Oud Fragrance oil – when to wear it?
Generally speaking, oud is reserved for special occasions and after-hours events. It smells luxurious, indolent and exotic, which might not be so suitable for the office!
However, if you’re going on a first date and want to make a good impression, this is the perfect choice. Likewise, if it’s your wedding day, an anniversary or you’re heading out on the town with friends, you’ll certainly make an impression if you wear an oud-based scent.
We’ve covered the question ‘what is oud oil’? But ultimately, that doesn’t help if you’ve never sampled the fragrance. If you’re new to the world of oud, it makes good sense to test it out, to check that it’s the right aroma for you.
Copycat Fragrances does a range of sample-sized 5ml fragrances, which are perfect for putting designer-inspired scents to the test. 5ml usually provides enough for around five to 10 applications, which lets you sample it in a variety of different situations. There are also exclusive sample packs, enabling you to try out a few of our bestselling fragrances at a reduced price.
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