Oud, also known as Agarwood, is a precious resinous wood from the Aquilaria tree, found mainly in Southeast Asia. 

Its rich, complex scent is highly prized in perfumery as a woody note known for its luxurious and exotic character, often associated with opulence and depth.

Fragrance Pyramid

Oud typically acts as a Base Note, lending a profound, enduring richness to a fragrance.

Scent Summary

  • Rich
  • Luxurious
  • Earthy
  • Woody
  • Deep

What Does Oud Smell Like?

Oud wood in perfumery emits a luxurious, exotic aroma characterised by a blend of sweet, resinous, and smoky facets. It adds depth, opulence, and an oriental charisma to fragrances.

I find its deep, complex character brings a sense of mystery and allure to Oud perfumes for women and also masculine Oud fragrances for men.

Complementing Notes

Oud’s luxurious, deep profile blends exquisitely with various notes.

  • Rose: For a romantic, floral contrast.
  • Saffron: Adding a spicy, exotic touch.
  • Vanilla: For a sweet, creamy balance.
  • Patchouli: Enhancing with an earthy, rich depth.
  • Bergamot: Creating a fresh, citrusy juxtaposition.
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