I tried Diptyque’s Oud Palao the other day and, of course, fell in love with it instantly. It’s a smooth oud, which makes me think how this note has changed and evolved over the years. But, I resisted on getting it, becuase, do I really need another oud and rose combo? I do, but smelling perfume with the same notes, for me, educates my nose, and opens it to identifying and appreciating the nuances between different scents. So, since I have been thinking about Oud Palao, I searched my collection for something similar, and realized I do have something in the same vein: Juliette Has A Gun’s Midnight Oud.
I have been wearing Midnight Oud for two days now, partly because I want to write about it, but also because I like it a lot. It’s by Romani Ricci, and he certainly knows his way around a rose scent, The rose here is a very watery one, which I find to be the common thread among all of Juliette Has A Gun’s offerings. And this is a very accessible oud, no animalic anything, just smooth woodsy, tame oud. There’s a big leather note at the opening, which smells like a brand new Bottega Venetta bag. But on my skin, it disappears quickly, and I get this said watery rose note. It’s quite appealing – strong but not overpowering, feminine but not overly. I got a complement yesterday, from a young woman who wanted to get it for her husband (!!) I had almost forgotten I had a bottle of this, until i started searching for it. So do I need Oud Palao now that I have it? Who am I kidding, of course I do.