* Harrods Oud Patchouli starts off unexpectedly, with a strong absinthe/anise note.
* Whereas absinthe is often cold, the opening notes feel quite warm.
* The absinthe note lasts quite a long time and is joined by rose, honey, and a light incense.
* When the oud comes in, it feels more like a guest- not a star. This doesn’t scream oud.
* There are almost two parts to this scent as the flowers fade away and the patchouli and the oud come together for a very nice and blended feel.
* A dusky leather and mellow amber join the patchouli in the base, which lasts a long time.
Summary: I’ve got to say this – at $350 – this Harrods exclusive fragrance is quite expensive. With that said, it is quite amazing. I went in blindly on a split and I am absolutely in love with this scent. As much as I love swanky, obnoxious oud scents, here is one of the few where the oud is blended as a note in a supporting role and not just thrown in for trendiness’ sake. The absinthe on top was quite startling, unexpected, and actually welcome. It’s nice to be surprised once in a while – especially when it’s a nice surprise. The longevity on this one is insane, lasting more than twenty-four hours and even through a shower. Yes, this one is really expensive but if you are looking for a unique take on popular notes, it is well-worth investigating.
Bond Harrods Oud is exclusive to Harrods department and Bond No 9 boutiques.
Disclaimer: No disclaimer needed, I purchased a split. Image courtesy of Bond website.