Eastern Perfumery: Pierre Montale’s Aoud Rose Petals

Montale Aoud Rose Petals Scent Dynamics: Opens up with a field of roses, or at least a giant rose bush.   Oud comes out strong 5-10 minutes later and wrestles with the rose about 20 minutes.   During this stage, Aoud Rose Petals is a sharp.   I think that the medicinal quality of oud hides in its […]

Knize Ten – A breath of life in this old perfume.

To me, Knize Ten is not a perfume.  It is a tasteful accessory.   It falls in the same category of unusual, but exquisite items like the JLC Reverso, Montblanc 149, or a John Lobb William. Knize Ten is a fundamentally classic fragrance.  Unchanged since the 1920’s, it had inspired a whole genre of leather fragrances, […]

Le Labo’s Modern Masterpiece: Oud 27

Le Labo Oud 27 Oud 27 is notorious. On perfume forums, not a single thread about animalics goes without mentioning Oud 27. It is one of the most debated and polarizing modern fragrances. Oud 27 is deceptive. Reading about it, you will find little truth. Half the people will say that it is repulsive, and […]