* Starts off viciously, with an aggressive oud in your face mixed with animalic skank and dirty musk.
* Wow, this stuff is strong and definitely not for the faint of heart.
* Leather comes into the picture in almost a violent way – again, it’s dirty and animalic.
* At this point, the scent goes completely linear – leather, oud, sweat, animalic, and dirty.
Summary: Etat Libre D’Orange did a fragrance for Tom of Finland which was a pretty weak and safe leather scent. They got it completely wrong. By Killian Black Oud is the scent that should have been for Tom of Finland. Smelling it, I picture hot, sweaty, hairy musclemen dancing in leather gear for hours. And hours is the optimal word, as this scent doesn’t go away – it lingers, for more than 24 hours and through a shower or two . Black Oud was previously exclusive to the Middle Eastern markets and it’s easy to see (and smell) why – this is some strong stuff. Clearly not office-friendly and you would definitely need to have cojones to wear this out in public. It projects massively and everyone around you will notice it.
By Kilian Black Oud is only available by Kilian boutiques.
Sample purchased by me. Image from By Kilian website.