American Oud started out as a pure oud spray perfume.
The thing is, hardcore oudheads don’t do sprays.
You want uncap the bottle and inhale the oud vapor straight in until your eyes roll back; to feel the glass dipstick lacquer your skin and leave that shiny glaze of oud as you tap-and-rub the oil around with your finger, then dig in with your nose.
So, that’s what you’ve got here. American Oud, stripped of its spray cap. No alcohol, and…… that’s it. OUD. A smell that brings to life Hemingway’s bullfighting, marlin-chasing madness and reminds you of the sweaty Strauss days of rough love and worn leather out on the road.
Whip out some fat Sri Lankan algae-topped aquamarine blues and greens—some deep Sumatran liqueur reds and burgundies from when I was still in preschool—the grandest agallochas from Manipur, North Cachar and Garo Hills—Sheikh’s Borneo tupelo honeys from way back in Malinau—for one heckuva oud brew no chemist could analyze in his lab, never mind replicate!
No amount of inoculants can ever give you Tigerwood Royale, and no amount of lacing can ever make up the sheer number of genuine aroma molecules from across all agarwood species on the face of the planet, dotingly distilled and aged for years—decades.
At the end of the day, this was never going be a Happy Oud Meal that’s thawed and ready in minutes. No amount of MSG can reproduce a gustatory experience like this.
Indulge in a movable feast of an Oud that breathes out the resinous ooze of old-school Sumatran agar, bathed in the nose-piercing green incense of walla. What’s best is how this crazy montage sucks in your own skin and brings to life — doesn’t cover up — your natural pheromonal aroma, like on that day on the boat with the marlin hanging high, when you biked back home. That’s what good perfumes ought to do.
This is Oud, my friend. Swipe it on.
An incredible oud that balances leathers with marines and chocolaty smoke. It is easy to wear and has that grit of the 50’s post WWII. A time where men settled in their masculinity after a serious war without apology, facing ambitions in their now civil life. In that sense a well picked out name for this oil. – Jasim, Dubai
And for desert, that gift of American Oud had me getting out my original Kyara Ltd to compare. I was elated to smell the opening moments of American Oud to be uncannily similar to that of my Kyara Ltd! Seriously! They were so similar. I couldn't believe it! The American Oud changed its colour after about 30 minutes into a more red profile. At this point its similarities to my Kyara Ltd ended. But boy! What an opening! I will certainly be putting American Oud on my to-buy list.
I digress, I feel my introduction to Oud 15 years ago was a bit weird. The first time I experienced Oud was courtesy of the legendary Kyara Ltd! "Where do I go from here?" Is a question I often asked myself. The answer was all around me in the beauty of every Oud I have bought from you guys since. They are beautiful and each has its own personality. – James, UK
The name, first of all, is spot on. When I first smell it, I think “old western leather shop”. I get the leather but it’s not harsh or really pungent like sticking your head inside of a leather shoe or leather jacket, it’s almost as if you’re smelling someone work on leather and you get the aroma in the air from it. I’ve only had it on my hand for about 20 minutes now so I haven’t gotten the salty/oceanic qualities just yet. – Justin, America
Contender for qualty : price ratio oud of the year. I can't believe how fantastic this oil really is. I keep trying to find something about it I dont love as to not buy a full bottle, yet I can't find any flaws. The harmony of the compistion is bang-on. So intgrated and perect that it's impossible to beleive it is a post-distill blend of various origins. Mighty complex (vertically and horizantally speaking). Plenty of ooomph and power. This is a Sultan oil in every way except price.
Run and buy. Don't even walk. This here is a rare breed and something you don't want to be left without. Both the spray and oil version are solid. Serious value in oil form. Great 3D projection in spray form. More progression steps in oils form, more coming at you from all directions in spray form.
Count me in as super impressed, despite initial pesimism before even ever trying it. Eating a humble pie...
Profile wise, I get awesome walla, Sumatra, even a green PNG phase as well as some suggestions of crassna (Cambodi/Thai). But it's almost like a new specieis or region discovery. Try for yourself. I am lost for words. Love this oil. – Rasoul, Canada
American Oud reminds of Sultan Salahuddin and Tigerwood Royale, two of my favourites. Very happy with that as well, I have it at the office and enjoy it as I work. – Simon, Australia
Reviews of American Oud, Pure Parfum (Spray) Version:
I have to say that I was skeptical since pretty much any non oud offer from you hasn’t worked for me in the environment I live in. I found them all to be atomic and monster scents. Until now. American oud is fantastic. I love it. The progression of the scent is on point. The lithe ethereal feel is bang on. The true to kind quality of oud and serious drydown.
To my nose I get a cambodi/trat crassna opening mixed with some Malay purple resin and Sumatran zesty notes. Then I get archipelago greener notes. A distinct pink peppercorn note weaves in and out while the oceanic walla like notes come in next phase. Later on the oudy oud drydown starts building and lasts a long time. – Rasoul, Canada
I was 100% positively amazed by the American Oud. I tried it first before I went to an outdoor concert with the Oslo Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
Normally, I am a bit careful with Oud in public "tight" spaces, but it was such a pleasure to have the classical experience with Oud.
I really like the spray form! Like puffs of smoke clouds of delicious agar surrounding me, now and then releasing a burst of aroma.
I grow tobacco myself, and I always wondered what they mean with tobacco aroma.. I have compared many times with different oils on my wrist and tobacco in my hand. Either way a young plant, a mature plant, a dry plant, during the curing process, during the fermentation and also from the smoke of burning tobacco.
I never found any resemblance to the aromas, and have been thinking, " what kind of tobacco are these guys sniffing?" They must have no idea about tobacco.
When I sprayed the American Oud after 10 min, the ahaa came to me "Eureka" This actually smells like tobacco!" In a good way ( I hate cigarettes by the way)..
But I wouldn't call it a very strong tobacco aroma, like lighting up a cigar or something.. Similar aroma to a very good biodynamic organic Amish pipe tobacco i was gifted many years ago.
Its a very interesting oil because the different stages are dominated by the different oud inside, like i suddenly put on another kind of Oud. Very cool 3D effect!
Spray is also very very nice since I can be fully immersed in the oud. I sprayed 10 sprays on my leather jacket and now it has a permanent amazing oud dry down smell. which I think will last really really long time. – Sigmund, World-traveler / Norway
It's a surprising composition, in a good way. This might sound silly, but I didn't expect it to smell pretty much like a blend of oud oils. It is pretty much oud oil in spray form. I think this improves the projection over swiping. Longevity is par with most oud oils.
To me it is earthy/aquatic and wonderful. – Ali, Australia