Oudh Infini is an adventure
Oudh Infini starts with the richness of rose essential oil. The sweet, honey and waxy facet of rose flower is very pronounced at the beginning. There are also a hint of leathery notes along with the rose given by civet. Although animalic, civet gives a hook at the top. It twists the honey facet of rose, providing texture. Interestingly, this civet facet somehow gives me the impression of tea, a warm and sweet tea. Delightful.
This sweet rose tea stays for some time on the skin, before it slowly opens up to be woodier. In between, a bright yet dusty facet of the oud accord begins to show up. This facet reminds me of benzoin’s woody aspect, reminiscent of burning incenses in Buddhist temples. The smoky notes of the burnt incenses convey a bold odor yet smooth texture, like touching the very fine dust or residue of the incense. Magnificent. I found the blend of honey and woody facet is very amusing, like an adventure.
This adventure continues to become more engaging once the oud accords reveal its entire identity. Sandalwood Mysore gives a wonderful base to the whole composition, rendering its creamy, sweet, and faint animalic notes. It smells majestic. This sandalwood enhances the rose’s balsamic facet, lift it up high to show its best feature. Amazing.
Moreover, the sandalwood, civet, and musks make a massive bomb. The way it rounds off the green facet of the rose, which comes out after some time, is adorable. The combination enhances the rose’s naturality. It merges entirely with the rose and transforms into something exciting.
At the very end of this fascinating adventure, vanilla gives an elegant finish. The dry down is so beautiful: a hint of rose, oud, and vanilla absolute. The dry down is rather fresh and powdery.
The Dusita Effect
I cannot give other than praises for Oudh Infini. I am deeply in love with this perfume. Although I might be biased because I love civet. However, I do not usually love this kind of rose in a fragrance. Yet here, I cannot stop smelling the rose and the oud accord, like it has a narcotic effect. They really made me dream. As usual, this is the Dusita effect. I talked about it in my previous post about Dusita here: Erawan, Parfums Dusita.
Another facet that I personally love in this perfume is the salty notes. I always get this effect when smelling sandalwood: salty. And yet, this saltiness gives a nice twist to leather notes, adding more texture and make it dramatic. I would like to mention one more raw material that pushes the salty button in my olfactory memory: castoreum. It is not mentioned in the official description. Still, I have its impressions: the sweet, animalic, leathery, and smoky facet of castoreum. I loveeee it!
Oudh Infini, love it or hate it?
I can safely say this is a very polarizing fragrance. You can either love it or hate it. For someone who doesn’t like animalic facet, I think this can be too aggressive. However, for me, Oudh Infini is delightful. Although I don’t think it will be suitable for hot and warm weather. I don’t think I can really pull it off here in my hometown. Wear it in a colder season, then it will be wonderful!
Finally, a warning: do not blind buy this perfume unless you are a very adventurous person! 😉
Last but not least, thank you Waroeng Francais for giving me a sample of this. Now I need to save some money to purchase the full bottle 😀
Please share your thoughts with me about this perfume if you ever tried it. I am all ears (and eyes)!
Until my next Dusita post, cheers!