What a fascinating word! It is also written as Oudh.
How should it be pronounced? I’ve tried to find a YouTube clip or an audio file from an online dictionary so that I could share an accurate example of the pronunciation. There were so many variations that I couldn’t find just one!
I pronounce it as ‘ood’ but I’ve also heard other people say ‘owd’. Some people replace the d with a t sound. There’s also the Arabic pronunciation.
What is oud and why am I rambling about it?! I’ve written before about my love of perfume
and about French perfume commercials:
and I’ve recently discovered that I’m very attracted to oud based fragrances.
I’ve always been a fan of intense perfumes like Poison and Opium. Lately, I’ve found myself drawn to more ‘masculine’ perfumes. I was given some Molton Brown toiletries and was surprised how much I liked their shower gels which are marketed for men, the woody and spicy ones.
But what is oud? It is derived from the agar tree which is said to have originated in India and grows throughout Southeast Asia. When the tree is infected by a particular mould, it reacts by producing a fragrant resin which is the source of oud. It is an extremely expensive ingredient and is sometimes called liquid gold. Having looked at the price of some of the oud perfumes, I can see why!
Oud based fragrance can be described as warm, woody, smoky and potent. My favourite review described the scent as not being for the faint hearted!!
Rose is often matched with oud and this leads me to my latest purchase.
This I bought in Marks and Spencer for twenty two pounds. As I had some vouchers to use no actual cash was involved. I’d tested this on a previous occasion and I just liked the fact that it was so different. When I first put it on, it’s very ‘heady’ but it changes to a warm and original aroma which is surprisingly long lasting. A little goes a long way. I haven’t had any feedback from friends of family, yet…
Strangely enough, it turns out that this week is National Fragrance Week. I had no idea when I started this post.
If you’ve tried any oud based perfumes I’d love to know!