Originally Posted by globetrotter
bumping this up - I like oud, but I also remember not liking it when I first enountered it. it is very common in the Arabian Gulf.
what are your thoughts, now? aside from it being trendy or not, is it a little offputting?
I like oud, I'm just not in the mood for it every day. A little bit like Scotch. (I'm speaking of all natural oud oil or very oud-centric fragrances like Oud Accord by Byredo or Zafar by XerJoff (really good))
But yes, I think we can all agree that it's a tad overdone.
Are you regularly in Oman? You can pick up Amouage's fragrances quite cheaply at the duty free over there -- many of them feature oud; big fan. Generally, did you bring some high quality oud oil from your last visits? If not, and you're interested in trying some now, I can recommend you www.agaraura.com
(a sample is very small, but a very small dab gives a good punch -- in case you haven't tried any oil before).
Anyway, what I actually wanted to say: before one judges oud, one should get some natural oud oil and shouldn't judge solely based on mostly synthetic oud-featuring fragrances. But I have said that once or thrice before already.