In recent times the big trend in fragrance has been all about Oud – a precious resin extracted from trees in south-east Asia (the finest comes from Laos and is the source of the Oud for this creation). It’s a trend I love, with Tom Ford’s Oud Wood and YSL’s reworked M7 Oud Absolu being two of my favourite fragrances.
This one, by the man who created the excellent For Him for Narciso Rodriguez, still has the unusually animalistic vibe of the oud but is much sweeter, headier and intoxicating than many I’ve worn in the past and positively revels in its sheer Arabian-ness. Possibly a little too sweet for my own taste but well worth checking out if you’re an oud aficionado.
Available later this month from Liberty, priced £175 for 2.4 fl.oz. For more info go to www.franciskurkdjian.com