This is interesting in some ways but it's not Oud. I need to qualify my thoughts a little better.
This is the kind of fragrance that a year ago, I would have sold blood for. Now, I think I have been quite comprehensively jaded, spoiled if you will, by Oud and not just any old oud but Oud. Capital O.
So, TWIS, if I am not as appreciative towards your scents as they perhaps deserve then you are right.
All I can say in my defense is that I just tried EO Royal Kinam right after EO Kyara LTD.
What I will try to do is judge your scents on their own merit and much more importantly at their price point level.
I could not be too specific with my timings for this one as it was applied during a playground visit but here we go nonetheless.
Warm fragrant resins
1 hour later.
Ode to a tonka bean!
If you have ever tried tonka bean in food, you will either love it or hate it. At this stage, it being a smile to my lips and in point of fact, I was laughing on the way home about it.
It's a happy masculine scent.
Background of ambers, tonka with a touch of incense right out there.
I really liked this one enough to supercharge with Oud, so on went a dash of FO Old School Thai.
The result is magnificent. I'm having trouble describing it, but the culinary tonka has diminished and become this vegetal black musky base with the OST being pushed to a harmonious balance that sings out, regardless.
The scent went bone dry within a second of two of application. Dusty, touch of expensive sun tan lotion in beating sun, slight trace of mustiness, and other scents too subtle for a novice like myself to describe.
This is an olfactory sleight-of-hand to conjure up the experience of visiting the pyramids at Giza if you have never been there and it successfully delivers.