Basenotes lists the notes as Cambodian aoud, Patchouli leaves, Mandarin, Musk, Rose petals
Out of the bottle, Black Aoud is so fresh and aromatic. The rose just blooms before your nose and is ever so fragrant. I don’t think I have ever smelled a rose that comes across so strongly. I smelled the rose before I even opened the vial. With such a fantastic opening, things were looking pretty good. Once the vial was opened, it literally filled up the entire office. Very nice! I dabbed some on my wrists and I was off to the races. I was wowed and amazed at the projection which is nothing short of amazing. Black Aoud projects very far and wide, a couple feet in fact; Massive projection and sillage are definitely on the menu in regards to this fragrance, so it will not disappoint.
However, after about 1-2 hours, Black Aoud starts going downhill with the mysterious oud note creeping in sinisterly, its fumes engulfing me like cloud of poisonous gas meant to kill formidable enemies on the battlefield. The stench was utterly unbearable, almost to the point of nausea. I was overcome with a strong dark, very unpleasant medicine-like odor which smells of camphor. To those who are unfamiliar with what that is think Vicks Vapor Rub, other cold medicines or ointment infused bandages.
After smelling this camphorous medicinal note for a while, it gave me a massive headache and I have not worn it since. The oud in this is much too strong for me, and when added to the overly fragrant rose, it is sickening.
People who are thinking of obtaining a full bottle of Black Aoud, please do yourself a favor and sample before you buy. This is not a blind buy. Black Aoud has excellent projection and longevity, but it fails in the likeable department. Doing a nose to wrist smell test, the oud was still there 12 hours later. Not a good thing. The oud note in this fragrance is way too potent to enjoy which classifies this scent as unwearable as far I’m concerned.
Projection/Sillage: Excellent 3-5 hours
Longevity: Excellent, 12+ hours
Rating: ½ star/ 5 stars
Black Aoud is available in 50 and 100ml at various online retailers such as LuckyScent and is priced at $110 and $160 respectively.