A spritz of the right oud fragrance instantly envelopes its wearer with a warm, sensual, and earthy scent that no one can’t simply get enough of
It is often believed that every fragrance note embodies a certain personality. In a sense, some accords can be romantic and flirty, courtesy of its fresh bouquet essence, but it can also be rich and mysterious. Case in point? Oud scents. The polarizing aroma has long been imprinted as a cultural staple in perfumery. It’s warm, sensual, and woody with a subtle smokey accent-—the exact reason why oud accords are lauded as a signature base note.
The warm accord is reputed for its global cultural significance. Dating back to early times, the ingredient is popular for herbal medicine, perfumery, and spiritual rituals. In other cultures, it is a symbol of wealth and luxury. At the other end of the spectrum, oud is featured in many religious texts and traditions. The accord is used in ceremonies as an energy cleanser and is even used as a token of hospitality. To say the least, its history is just as rich as it smells.
How is oud made?
Often referred to as liquid gold, the olfactory note is also among the most expensive raw substances in the natural world. Its rarity makes it highly coveted in fragrance formulations. Extracting oud also takes time. When the tropical agar tree becomes infected by molds, it produces a dark and dense fragrance resin as a defense system—the exact heartwood that is the source of the note.
Finding the perfect fragrance
The accord pairs perfectly with a range of other fragrance accords. As for the results? An extensive scent library that is teeming with options. In searching for the perfect perfume, start by thinking of the occasion or the situation. A blend of earthy, spicy, and fruity notes is ideal for formal occasions or for the workplace. Elsewhere, olfactory blends of floral and warm accords are the best match for seasonal vacations or even romantic dates.
It’s no secret that the perfume world offers thousands of oud fragrance options, but keep in mind that the right offering will always leave an ever-lasting impression on you. It’s essential to remember what fragrance category fits your preference. A good example is that if you’re into sweeter scents, opt for a blend of the same fruity olfactory notes but with a warm accord. Elsewhere, see MEGA’s top picks here.
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