Oud Violet Intense is a bold, spicy, woody, ambery, and musky scent.
The oud smells potent but smooth, blends beautifully with the ambers and opulent musks. There’s a tad fruitiness in the middle of this round, woody scents, smelling sour like a mix of mandarin, plum, and peach skin. Together, they feel so inviting and addictive, and somehow it reminds me of an old wine barrel. From the smell of it, Oud Violet Intense speaks quality and refinement. I cannot stop myself from smelling it.
I would love to highlight the mandarin, pink pepper, and elemi opening. They make fantastic concoction. The mandarin is juicy and somewhat aldehydic. It blends perfectly well with the pink pepper and elemi woody-balsamic undertones, resulting in a citrusy and spicy juice with creamy tonalities. On top of that, the ambers and vanilla intensify these effects, creating a smooth and round opening.
The incense notes in Oud Violet Intense adds sophistication to the fragrance. It’s smoky, woody, and dusty, but at the same time, dazzling. This incense is far from dry and choking–it is, instead, very polished and smooth.
Oud Violet Intense gets more exciting in the middle notes. A tiny detail that makes this fragrance smells even more elegant and luxurious is nutmeg. The sweetness from nutmeg oil gets more visible and adds more texture to the spices complex. I am sensitive to nutmeg and tend to despise it because it can be too overwhelming to my nose. But here, I can enjoy it truly. The nutmeg appears in the right amount and nicely absorbs into the balsamic and powdery tonka bean. It creates an excellent dynamic, complementing each other. The tonka bean blends well on the skin and lingers for quite sometime before reaching the dry down.
Another thing that we cannot ignore from Oud Violet Intense is the quality of the oud. Amazing. This oud is woody, smokey, with a hint of ambery and musky facets. The oud scent comes up to the top but then grows with other notes and reappears towards the dry-down. The development is smooth and fluid. Underneath, the leathery and ambery cistus progresses harmoniously with the oud. Cistus has the ability to make the fragrance blends well with the skin hence making it more tenacious. It appears vividly on the skin and leaves an out-of-this-world dry down: balsamic with a tad smoky leather.
I don’t have a favorite part of the fragrance because I love every part of it.
Oud Violet Intense is linear and persistent in terms of strength and beauty from the opening to the dry down. From the fresh citrusy and spicy to the creamy tonka bean until the smoky oud and leathery cistus, every part of Oud Violet Intense speaks quality. The fragrance projects nicely and leave a moderate scent trail, and it does last long on the skin, more than 5 hours on mine.
Oud Violet Intense was launched in 2013. The nose behind this creation is Alexandra Kosinski, a senior perfumer from CPL Aromas.
I am curious to discover other perfumes from Fragrance du Bois. This is the first fragrance from the house that I smelled, and I am impressed with the quality. Do you like any fragrance from the house? Can you recommend me which one should I smell next?