Why Do Some Oud's Smell Like Petroleum Or Diesel?

Discussion in 'Agarwood Discussion' started by PersonelHigh, Sep 6, 2018.

  1. Elixir Attar

    Elixir Attar Oud Fan

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    I absolutely love Oud Emerald
     
  2. Oudamberlove

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    As I was sniffing my Pai Sia Kan last night, I noticed that if I focused my mind on the petrol aspects, that I could easily recognize them, but when I concentrated on relishing the yumminess of the other notes, then the beauty is all that I smelled.

    Therefore I believe that our personal experience of an oil, depends on our ability to enjoy it.

    The notes in oud that I don’t like are:
    Fresh-cut wood
    Ash
    Rot
    Garbage
    Wax
    Rancid oil
    Distillation still notes
    Indole

    Allow me to elaborate on “indole”
    The umbrella term “Barn” covers a wide range of animalistic poopy and funk. Sometimes it is downright shitty. I guess I’d rather smell cow dung than human feces:Roflmao::Roflmao:
     
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  3. Edward Muller

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    Ah yes I have a bottle of that in my collection still! Very petroleum and dark opening. The dry down is absolutely wonderful. Another one of those oils where I don’t see many of these days!

    Looking forward to the finished product Ahmed!
     
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  4. Rai Munir

    Rai Munir Musk Man

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    Yet obscure. Please name such oils to have a concrete idea:p.
     
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  5. Rai Munir

    Rai Munir Musk Man

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    Dear Oudamberlove, if you mention some oil/s against each note, it will be a more comprehensive manual for us. Thanks.
     
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  6. Al Shareef Oudh

    Al Shareef Oudh Resident Artisan

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    I wanted to say on one of your other posts but i was distracted by work that it is really a pleasure to read your reviews, the honesty in them is welcomed. Trust your nose, read less of the scent descriptions and focus on building your own understanding and olfactory references.

    Don't be surprised if you read someone elses review of an oil and you think 'this oil doesn't smell anything like that', as @Oudamberlove mentioned some build a barrier between what they smell and the association that lights up in the brain, because they may consider that a particular association to be perceived negatively. A second person may not make that association at all in the first place because in their olfactory library they have other associations that they reference as more exact. This is a bit like the discussion we were having in the thread started by @Rasoul Salehi regarding barn, some people bundle a whole bunch of smells in the one word, others are able to break the smells down within the barn.

    Don't trust anyone else's nose, work on your own nose and remember why you read effects your smelling :)
     
  7. Joe King

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    I have applied some Green Papua and was about to post it on OOTD but as I read this thread I realized the GP has a smell that could be seen as petrol/oil but as I linger longer and delve deeper I get the forresty/jungle green and a hint of earthy maroke and mint. So I agree with all of the above:Thumbsup:;):Alien::confused::p:rolleyes:
     
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  8. Rai Munir

    Rai Munir Musk Man

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    Was that high octane?;)

    Well, I will read the thread, and then the oil to post my humble stance.
     
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  9. Qayyum Shaikh

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    Hats off to you sir bull`s eye always trust your instincts.
     
  10. Mr.P

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    I feel like I replied to this thread already but don't see my post.

    My students always think oud smells like paint or pepper, vetiver to them smells like band-aids... all about associations.

    One interesting thing I read - repeated exposure to certain odorants results in an improved ability to detect them. We will only realize our trillion-scent capacity if we train our nose through repeated exposure to a variety of volatile substances.

    It may take a few dozen sniffs to be able to detect some of the notes that literally define the experience for someone else... no wonder two people can have such different reactions. Maybe those who love the barn scent have developed the ability to appreciate nuances that are literally lost on newbs. Here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23611883

    This one is about "boar scent" no less (one of the molecules sometimes erroneously marketed as humans pheromone), so the musk, feces and barn of skanky ouds might follow this pattern!
     
  11. PersonelHigh

    PersonelHigh Whats this Oud About?

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    All I see is either the option to edit or report?:)
     
  12. PersonelHigh

    PersonelHigh Whats this Oud About?

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    Anyway my last thought on this (for now) is that I am amending gaseousness to "NEW CAR SMELL" Encapsulating the corinthian leather to the myriad complex automotive industrial components of new smells. Even the brand spanking new camphor-essness of a piney Christmas tree air freshener, swinging from the rear view mirror.
     

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  13. Oudamberlove

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    I am guilty of loving that tree shaped air freshener back in the 1960s. So much so, that I sought it out again in the 1980s:confused::confused:
     
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  14. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Owner

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    Hi... I’ll check your permissions. Everyone should have the ability to delete their posts.
     
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  15. Qayyum Shaikh

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    I am facing the same problem.
     
  16. Muhammed Patel

    Muhammed Patel Whats this Oud About?

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    I get gasoline notes in the green Indonesian oils for some reason. I actually like those notes so no complaints from me :Roflmao:

    What I do hate are the straight to death fecal barny notes from the generic ASAQ/Ajmal "Cambodi" Hindi" oils...even some of the more "premium" ones. Don't get me wrong I love a tastefully done barn, but some of those are just plain linear crap.
     
  17. Muhammed Patel

    Muhammed Patel Whats this Oud About?

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    I get a "new car leather posh" note from IO Hainan Imperiale that I am in love with.
     
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  18. Bilalw

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    i got a cheap one from a store in mumbai that stunk like diesel . an acquaintance liked it so much, he now owns it . we are talking less than 1000 Rs tota cheap.i assume it was just really bad cheap oud, or adulterated with actual diesel :s
     

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