Perris Monte Carlo - Black Collection - Oud Imperiale
The deeply fragrant oil distilled from the resinated wood of the Aquilaria species of agarwood has been loved and appreciated for thousands of years in the Arab world. Used as oud wood to burn as incense in the home and in places of worship, or as an oil with which to fragrance the wrists and clothes, oud has become a popular ingredient also in Western perfumery. In Arabic perfumery, the sour smokiness of oud is often offset or used in conjunction with amber, musk, sandalwood, and roses, all of them also traditional attar materials used in the East and prized for their rich, intensely fragrant aromas.
Oud is one of the most precious of essential oils and is accordingly rare and expensive. Its range of aroma nuances is impressive, displaying varied notes such as woods, fruits, tar, barnyard animal aromas, leather, and even floral or green aspects. Oud also has sheer power, volume, and intensity to boast of, making it an invaluable ingredient in perfumery, especially in the Western market.
Oud Imperiale recreates the complex texture and aroma of oud without actually using of the material itself. It opens with the spicy and floral notes of jasmine and caraway, which leads to a smoky, earthy heart of frankincense, patchouli, and saffron. The base is an incensey mélange of woods, vetiver, and the brown, leathery aroma of cistus resin. A stunning and noble fragrance, with as much complexity as real oud oil itself.