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Original bottle not included with sample/decant purchase. Scent Split rebottles the genuine fragrance into smaller bottles.
What does it take in this era of all-oud-everything to make a distinctive, modern, head-turning oud? In the case of Oud Alif, the answer is dark chocolate- a jet-black, sumptuously rich note that blends into the extraordinary real oud extract- smoky, creamy and nuanced. An elegant leather binds everything together, while savory saffron and an almost gourmand patchouli keep the mouthwatering deliciousness that many Shay & Blue fragrances are known for. Creamy and soft, smoky and rich, mysterious and sophisticated- Oud Alif is not just another oud fragrance. This one is a must-try.
Oud, chocolat noir, saffron, leather, patchouli
My favorite from Shay and Blue
The title says it all. I loved the scent, but while I was wearing it my cat wouldn't even come close enough to sniff my hand (I was wearing the scent on my wrists). So I haven't upgraded from a 1mL sample to a larger spray, like I normally do with scents I like this much!
I enjoyed trying this. And for an hour or two I liked it pretty well. But it became sharp and kind of “unfriendly “ after that point.
I wanted to like it since I love Salt Caramel. The other scents I’ve tried from this house were very faint and whisper soft. At least this one had some personality.
For my fall perfume pick I instinctively followed the need for comfort and set my designs around the note of chocolate. Top most in my mind was the unobtainable and now forbidden delights and all the more desirable delights of Eaudemoiselle de Givenchy Romantic, a limited edition Oriental fragrance from 2017 with notes of popcorn, cocoa, and patchouli. This scent was a much heavier, unapologetically feminine oriental in in the style of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle, than anything I typically wear. Not at all something I would normally gravitate to, but I guarded the sample vile jealously saved it for sweater weather and the Cinderella dream of an evening out of the house. With that in mind, I recently sampled a cache of niche fragrances and discovered this incredibly captivating cocoa dusted leather/oud fragrance by Shay and Blue called Oud Alif. It has an airy freshness to it you wouldn’t expect from the notes listed; oud agarwood, dark chocolate, saffron, Napa leather, and patchouli. The leather note is sublime and soft. It is not going to reach out and belt anyone standing beside you in the nose. This fragrance is definitely daytime/office appropriate. It is marketed and I think rightly so as gentlemen’s fragrance, the dark chocolate here is not nuzzle your arm gourmand, rather it taps into cocoa more as a spice, than a sweet, resulting scent that rich and rounded, yet still airy and fresh. Oud Alif isn’t a classic cozy fall scent, yet complexity, exquisite tailoring lend it the ability to be worn on well on either a hot or cold day making it an idea fragrance for the fall season. I think it would be absolutely outstanding on a man’s skin, but it is equally alluring on a woman. I can wear this easily and not feel any compulsion to over accentuate my femininity in makeup or dress. I know I simply smell really, really good. Shay and Blue is a Perfume House out of London. If you are like me and love to change your personal fragrance based on time of day, occasion and season, I highly recommend visiting www.scentsplit.com and purchasing a decant 9ml decant . I have found 9 ml decants are the perfect amount for a seasonal scent that I won’t wear every day. The 9 ml spray bottle that I recieved was of good quality glass and works beautifully. It fits nicely into a vintage lipstick holder so I can easily display it on my vanity or take it on the go. I'm completely satisfied with my purchase and look forward to puchasing my winter niche fragrance decant with Scent Split soon.
Personally I didn't love this one. It smells earthy, which I expected but I didn't reply get a lot of any other accord, just sort of earthy with alight sweetness.