Today marks my first step into blogging about perfume. I’ve really gotten back into it lately, but I’m always nervous to review it because scents are so subjective. Luckily Demeter narrows it down for me with their colognes that are based on a singular scent. Unfortunately, when Demeter Fragrance Oud* showed up I had to actually Google what it is––be honest, did you know?
Oud is highly valued by perfumers for its sweet, woody, aromatic and complex scent. It is a classical note in perfumery, most often used as a base note. At Demeter, we have isolated and refined Oud into a wearable, single note scent while maintaining its full, rounded and enveloping nature – all, without overwhelming, in the traditional Demeter style.
Oud is also called Agarwood. It comes from the wood of the tropical Agar (Aquilaria) tree, believed to have originated in the Assam region of India, and spread from there throughout Southeast Asia. When the wood of this tree gets infected with a certain mold variety (Phialophora parasitica), it reacts by producing a precious, dark and fragrant resin from which is where the perfume ingredient is derived.
I’d definitely agree with the words “sweet” and “woody”. I’m not sure exactly what “oud” is supposed to smell like, but Demeter Fragrance Oud is a very lovely scent, especially for the colder weather. It reminds me of warm and spicy things, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s the scent of wooden treasure chests and evenings by a fireplace. I think it’s the kind of neutral scent that isn’t targeted at a specific gender.
I’m also including the official photo of Demeter Fragrance Oud because it includes a picture of agarwood that I don’t have to worry about stealing off the Internet from elsewhere. So here’s “oud”.
Yeah, I realize that image doesn’t really help much with telling out how Demeter Fragrance Oud smells, but it felt weird to review such an unusual scent and not show you what it was. And yes, I did my masters (partially) in plant biology, and am a big botanical nerd, so I always feel like I should know things like this, but I didn’t. I am so glad I was able to discover oud though, because it is quite lovely!
In terms of wear, I could still smell Demeter Fragrance Oud quite well 3 hours after I sprayed it, but I did feel like it faded substantially after that. I do think that the convenient 30 mL bottles are very travel friendly though and I don’t mind reapplying if necessary, but for me this scent, while lovely, doesn’t last all day. I think it would also make a lovely room spray, it definitely makes me think of leather furniture and dusty books––in a good way!
Having tried out Demeter Fragrance Oud, I’m quite curious to try other perfumes that contain this note. I feel like it would easily be overwhelming if combined with other fragrance, but I really enjoyed it on its own. It’s very unusual for me as I generally go for sweeter scents, so I’m glad I tried something new.
Have you ever smelled oud? Have you tried any of the Demeter scents? I have quite a few more to share, and I’m loving them so far!
Psst– what did you think of my first perfume review?
Demeter 30mL Cologne Sprays are available exclusively at select Loblaw banner store locations including The Real Canadian Superstore for $15.00 (CAD)