Oud is a deep aromatic that is found in the Far East and has been used as a perfume and incense in the Middle East. It is a dark, resinous heartwood and first-grade Oud is said to be one of the most expensive raw materials in the world. The Oud used to create this fragrance is said to be specifically sourced for Gucci in Laos and is 100% natural.
Following the crazy success of Gucci by Gucci, the fashion house has created a new, more opulent and mysterious version of the fragrance. While the original is warm and slightly sugary, this rich and intense scent is created around Oud.
The bottle looks much like the signature Gucci by Gucci one, although it is a bit darker. It is a smoky black glass, sandblasted with the iconic Gucci stripe. The bottle is accented with a gold lid and gold charm. It feels heavy and really luxurious, a good suggestion of what you are to find inside.
The fragrance opens with the sumptuous fruit notes of pear and raspberry and a gentle punch of saffron. At the heart sits decadent Bulgarian rose which is delicately tempered with orange blossom. The fragrance then settles into a base of the Oud which is brought together with patchouli, amber and musk, giving a slight nod to the original.
I really, really, really love this fragrance. It is opulent and seductive but also mysterious. Oud can be very heady and overpowering but when blended with all these notes it is really very pleasant. It brings together spiciness, a hint of sweetness and a distinct smoky aroma with pure comfort. I especially find myself comforted by the innocence of the Bulgarian rose petals, in the heart, sitting amongst all the fruit and spice. Gucci Oud is the quintessence of elegant luxury.
The combination of notes blended together in Gucci Oud makes it the perfect fragrance for Fall/Winter. The warm, decadent fragrance is perfect for those chilly days and nights. It is also very long lasting and doesn’t move for at least 6 hours after spraying.
Gucci Oud is marketed as a unisex fragrance and is available in 50mL and 75mL variants. If you love opulent and intense scents this is a must have!
Find Gucci Oud at the Cosmetics Gallery in Hyde Park Corner.
Until next time
Love and sparkles