An OLFACTORY dance on skin by Junate Acar & Francesco Lonigro
Perfume and skin are linked in a very intimate manner. Fragrance is the very first touch we feel every morning – even before getting dressed. That’s why perfume is something so special – something you should pay attention to. You should be aware of what you wear, because scent doesn’t just make you smell, it also reminds you of the scope of feelings you are capable of experiencing. One of the most powerful ingredients you will find and also a resurging trend these last few years is oud. A mystical ingredient that has made its way from the Middle East to our bathrooms. This is what we dedicate our story to: A wonderful ingredient that tells a tale on every skin touched by it - like a dance between nature and humans - or an olfactory dance on skin.
In the Middle East this fragrance ingredient has an ancient history. In Europe it has only caught on in the last few years. Why haven’t we discovered it before? Simple: It just hasn’t fit into the European sense of perfume - it was known as too strong, too heavy, sweet and intense. All of this changed because of a handful of perfume houses that morphed the original into a lighter, airier and more sparkling ingredient. This new trend of oud reached the borders of the western world – in the form of fragrances from brands like: Versace, Atkinsons 1799, Dunhill, Clean Reserve or By Kilian.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
The reason why we say feel instead of using the word „smell“ is straightforward: Wood is a scent that is super sensual. Its woody-nutty base is warm and cosy, yet it is also strong and powerful, has an animalistic character and has already proven itself as a classic temptation in the years gone by. Its ability to create different nuances when used in male or female fragrances is what makes this ingredient so remarkable. That’s also why the fit is all the more important: Oud delivers a scent totally different on every skin and skin type. Also a reason why the European versions are lighter than the originals from the Arabic world. Yet when you finally find your type it fits like nothing else. It dances on your skin and wraps you like a second skin.
WHAT IS OUD?
The original oud is derived from a tropical agar tree which is thought to originate in Assam in India. When this rare tree is infected by a mould called Phiolophone parasitic - it reacts by producing a dense, dark and fragrant resin – embedded in the heartwood of the tree that is the source of oud.
WHY IS OUD SO SPECIAL?
First of all: Oud is expensive. Not just because it has roots so far away, also because just 2% of agar trees produce it. This is why oud is also called „liquid gold“. On top of that, the ingredient is not just used as a real, raw natural ingredient anymore. The leading perfume houses produce a similarly exclusive synthetic version. This doesn’t make the ingredient less luxurious - its character is the reason why you fell in love with it.
WHAT'S THE SCENT'S SECRET?
Why this special ingredient makes us dream of 1001 nights is obvious: As mentioned already, the raw material has a long history in the Middle East. It totally reflects the perfume’s spirit of this area. This is why the raw material has always found its way into perfumes, it also is a typical scent, which is used during smoking rituals. This mystical application totally fits the character of the fragrance.
WOULD YOU OUD?
This question we defiantly answer with: „Yes!“. And therefore we prepared our favourite fragrances for you …we hope you find your ONE and ONLY OUD out of this wonderful scent collection - click here: Our OUD FRAGRANCE GALLERY