Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Edition Rare Petroleum by Histoires de Parfums

Oud, Bergamot, Aldehyde.
Rose, Oud, Amber.
Oud, Civet Absolute, Leather, Patchouli, White Musk.

Yowza ! So, you like your openings full of smoky and leathery oud do you? This is slightly charred embers still hot and wrapped inside a leather satchel. The leather isn't burnt, but the heat has been building up inside of it.

There's intermittent, olfactory references to Mona di Orio's Cuir, but they are more akin to passing nods of acknowledgement. I'm referring to the smoke and leather when I make that statement.  Petroleum is also a chameleon and does not remain this way for long.

Impressive to say the least and what's more admirable is the way Petroleum evolves through each stage of development. As the smoky leather and wood settle and dissipate some, a resinous amber begins pushing its way into the accord. It smells like labdanum to me, but regardless, it's very welcome and a terrific, complimentary note. The oud is soft but firm and a polite mainstay throughout. By this stage, I'm convinced that petroleum is a contemporary, westernized oud tuned to bring enthusiasts into the fold that are on the fence with oud in general.

While the heart reveals resins and dry rose, the base accord maintains leathery oud with a calm smoke surrounding it. During drydown, earth tones manifest along with a very sensual musk. The civet seems to be attenuated to assist the musk in being seductive. I expected it to be more prominent, but as it stands, it's right on the money.

This is a provocative oud and I must say for the record that I like it very much. Sillage is good and longevity is 6 hours plus on my skin. Thumbs up from Aromi for Edition Rare Petroleum by Histoires de Parfums. Those searching for an oud with more versatility, give this baby a ride and as always, a sample wear is recommended.

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