Wednesday, June 24, 2020
In case you're wondering, no, I have not all of a sudden become an oud fan. The fact that many of my recent reviews are of perfumes containing oud is purely coincidental, seriously. Frankly, I'm sick of the big oud fad that has existed in the perfume world during the past several years.
That is not to say that I don't enjoy some oud fragrances. Oud Touch by Franck Olivier is one I enjoy. This is a dark fragrance that features mostly oud and rose. Lord knows there have been countless fragrances featuring oud and rose, so there is nothing new about Oud Touch. In fact, that is my only real criticism of it, because there isn't really anything unique or groundbreaking at all in this scent.
Oud Touch, however, serves a purpose, because even though it resembles countless niche fragrances (e.g., most of Montale's early offerings), you can buy a 100 ml. bottle of this for under $30 US. That's impressive, becuase although obviously this contains synthetic oud, the quality of the composition is high. For someone like myself who doesn't wear many niche fragrances, Oud Touch is an excellent value. It smells of quality.
I love the opening stage, which is a strong, assertive blast of dark oud. It's a sharp and semi-medicinal smelling oud, which a lot of people don't like but I do. The rose gets stronger as the scent reaches its mid-point, and it lasts a good two hours. I'm so-so with this stage. The drydown is very good, which is very woody and smooth. It retains its darkness throughout. I also get occasional whiffs of a Kouros-like animalic skankiness, which I really enjoy.
A lot of reviewers report getting enormous, billowing sillage from Oud Touch, but I don't. I don't find it to be super strong, but I've had people standing a few feet away from me tell me they can smell it. Longevity is very good, going over 8 hours on my skin, which is to be expected from a oud-rose fragrance.
Though it isn't an amazing fragrance, Oud Touch is a good option for those who aren't necessarily oud fanatics, but want a good quality oud fragrance in the wardrobe without having to pay a fortune for it.
MY RATING: 8/10