13 Best Oud Perfumes On The Market Right Now
Forget diamonds, oud perfumes are a new girl’s best friend. Listen to me… There are many things I aspire to do in this life. Living it like the rich aunt who travels all over the world, brings her nephews expensive gifts, walks around leaving a lingering aroma of wealth and spice wherever she walks, so it just so happens to be one of them. The key to realizing these dreams (well, at least this last one) is with a oud perfume.
I first fell in love with ouds through my parents. Growing up, I could recognize my dad’s clothes in a sea of African print clothes just by smelling them. I also knew my mom was about to throw off her best red carpet-worthy outfit by the smell of oud wafting outside her bedroom door. Perfumes have an extraordinary power to unlock memories. It’s no surprise that I have such vivid memories of those times – ouds are among the most memorable types of fragrance due to their intensity and decadence.
Along with the sexy, musky, and rich scents of oud, there’s also a hefty price tag. Oud essential oil is extracted from Southeast Asian agar trees, which produce a dark, dense, fragrant resin to protect against specific mold infection. It may not sound glamorous, but the result is *chefs kiss*.
However, studies also show that less than 2% of these wild agar trees (aquilaria) produce this precious resin and experts also claim that the best oud comes from the oldest trees. With all these reasons combined, oud essential oil is one of the most expensive raw materials in the world and often referred to as liquid gold!
Although the raw ingredient is found primarily in Asia, oud fragrances have become a staple of Middle Eastern culture and are considered a prestigious asset often associated with royalty. More recently, the popularity of oud fragrances has also increased in Western culture. Google Trends also detailed a drastic spike in interest in the search term oud from January 2022. We’re also getting a bit obsessed. Must be something in the air?
Naturally, ouds aren’t for the faint-hearted or the faint-hearted, and they might be a little overwhelming for those who prefer a delicate, floral scent, but no one can deny that oud scents have the unique ability to uplift anyone. what an occasion. If you’re like me and are looking to create a mini Harrods perfumery in your beauty cabinet but aren’t sure where to start, here’s my pick of the best ouds to get you started. You’re Ost welcome.
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