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Definition of Oud

Definition: Oud

Ah, to be in the mood for oud. This luxurious perfume resin comes from the heartwood of agar trees. If you happen to unroll the Torah sometime soon and see a reference to a variety of long-lasting incense called "aloes," it's thought that oud is what they're talking about. The scent is instantly identifiable once you've experienced it, but it can be compared to other rich, pungent incenses like myrrh. Oud is still very commonly used as an incense and perfume in Japan and throughout the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia, and it's experiencing a surge in popularity here in the US as well. Look for it in high-end fragrances from the Oriental genre, like Le Labo's Oud 27 ($200), or Trish McEvoy Precious Oud ($100). It's not cheap, but it's definitely worth a sniff.

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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
I think I would have to try it out for myself to see if it will mesh with my body chemistry.
dinghy dinghy 7 years
Oo, I'm in the mood for oud-wearing Oods.
nariyal nariyal 7 years
Arab women and men sometimes dab a few drops on their wrist, neck etc. It's quite strong; not for everyone, and certain kinds can trigger asthma attacks in some people. Still, it's very popular here in the Middle East, particularly amongst those people who don't like to use alcohol based perfumes.
doctordonna doctordonna 7 years
I have several Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume oils containing oud, but I haven't been able to pinpoint it in the blend just yet. I think I'd have to smell it on its own to get a good idea of how it smells.
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