Discussion in 'General' started by jalil, Sep 17, 2016.
Welcome! I hope you will come to enjoy it here as much as I do!
Welcome to the forum @Funky Smokes
A warm welcome Funky Smokes.
Alaikom alsalam & welcome to Ouddict journey!
I guess it’s time to write a bit about myself.
I’ve been interested in perfume and scent for a number of years now. I’ve been through most of what’s available in the mainstream and niche market and I’ve come to realize that they all have one thing in common: I basically can’t stand their synthetics. Javanol, Ambroxan, and ISO-E Super will sooner or later rear their ugly heads in any perfume and that’s when I bid them farewell. I’ve thoroughly sampled and owned somewhere between 150 and 200 perfumes, but I now only have two bottles for perfume that I still enjoy, Byredo’s Mojave Ghost and Roja Parfums’ Candy Aoud. Yes, they’re loaded with synthetics as well, but I still enjoy them and I’ve been able to wear them continuously without having any issues.
I’ve been interested in oud more or less since I tried Tom Ford’s Oud Wood. Yes, no real oud in that one, but it’s at least quite a pleasant attempt at an oud perfume. I then went through a bunch of oud oils that weren’t very good and became disillusioned, so I stayed away for quite a few years. Then, after having continuously monitoring Ensar and Taha’s pages and reading their writings I finally decided to sample Taha’s current selections. They were very different from what I had tried before and while nothing was of particular interest from the get-go, a few grew on me and I became confident in trying some of Ensar’s offerings as well. I now own a couple of bottles that have actually spoken to me and I’m impatiently awaiting each new release from these vendors. I’ve tried quite a few oils from other vendors as well, and there are certainly some good things coming out of them as well, but I’ve found that Taha’s style is what seems to resonate most with my own desires.
Welcome @now thanx for sharing...and Happy New Year!
Welcome! Don't worry, haha the first "oud" that I ever tried was a synthetic in Turkey when visiting my uncle. It smelled good to me at the time, but now that I've tried real oud I won't even uncap it. Here's a picture of the sludge at the bottom. However the only good thing about it was that it was enough for me to get interested in oud and I soon found Ensar, then Gaharu, and then I finally made my way to Ouddict!
And then you came full circle and found Ensar again through Ouddict!
Welcome and that is one of the most comprehensive introductions I have seen on this forum! Hope you enjoy your stay and benefit
Haha, couldn't have been said better!
Welcome Now and look forward to reading more about your experiences. I think most of us start our fragrance journey with synthetics. There's simply so much of it out there. Getting and appreciating the natural scents takes a bit of digging and understanding. That said and as you have found out for yourself once you experience nature's gifts you will not want to go back.
Hi. My name is Zach, and I've gone off the deep end. Let's just say that I've been a fan of Oud cologne for years, but discovered that there's more to the (Oud) story on a recent trip to Dubai. I was planning on buying some Oud oil when I head back to Dubai later this year, and began researching some of the big perfume houses like Ajmal, etc. I then discovered this forum, as well as a couple of others, and realized that artisan made Oud is probably (definitely) the way to go. As an artisan myself (leather), I fully appreciate the work that goes into something made by hand, and the difference it makes in the final product.
So here's what I've done so far, because I'm a complete and utter moron:
I bought some oils from Paradise of Oils, AgarwoodAssam, A guy on ebay selling some Esnar Oud, and Rising Phoenix.
I've never even smelled real Oud on my skin before. I don't even know if I'll like it, and I'm into it to the tune of $1400 already. Am I an idiot?! I have a gut feeling that this is going to be a good thing for me, but honestly, who does this?! Please help me understand!
Glad to be a part of a community of equally crazy people (I think?) and this looks like a great place to be. So, thanks for having me.
Yes you're an "idiot" and there are many like you here starting with me!
And yes you have joined a crazy group of people - welcome to the asylum!
For me oud took time. At first I was turned off but found myself thinking about it later on. Stressful days brought about the desire to come home swipe on some Oud, inhale, and decompress. So don't be dismayed if at first you are put off. There is no substitute for time and experience.
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That’s just the tip of the iceberg
Welcome to Ouddict, and to the wonderful world of oud
@Zach welcome to the mysterious world of Oud. Looks like your an Ouddict already, i think your money has been well spent in the sense that you have pure Oud from trusted sources. I spent alot more than that when i first started on adulterated bogus Oud! I would recommend sampling different Ouds from different area to see what tickles your fancy
Welcome on board. Haste makes waste. It is a thumb rule. Otherwise, it is really a tip of an iceberg that will prove to be catastrophic, in the end. Yo have your own olfactory. Descriptions are just descriptions. Better get samples of the oils of different regions. One thing I must suggest: Wood is the criterion, not oils.
All the best.
Thanks for the warm welcome. Included in the 4 different packages that are inbound to me are a few 2.5ml (or 3ml, I can't remember) bottles, but the rest are samples that I ordered, and samples that Zak and Omar threw into the boxes for me. At the end of the day, I'm looking at probably close to a dozen different Ouds heading my way to sample, and the ones I don't like, I'll hang onto until I'm more experienced and give them another try. Thank you all for the encouragement and advice
@Zach welcome to Ouddict!
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