Friday, January 8, 2016
N°1 Oud by Etienne Aigner
Etienne Aigner has been perhaps my favorite designer house over the course of 4-plus decades. With N°1 Oud, they have released a westernized "oud" in keeping with the likes of Ferrari Essence Oud. On my skin, N°1 wears like a Ferrari-Lite flanker. Not as heavy or dense, nor as pungent as the Ferrari, yet good in its own right and especially so now since the prices have come down to $40-50 NIB for 100ml. It leans masculine and is marketed as such, but masculines these days just aren't as macho as some used to be. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
Once the spices dissipate after 10 minutes ,to a lower volume, what remains on me is a soft cherry agar note. This is accented with a leathery quality and it compliments the woods nicely. There's no conventional development on my skin, but it's all good. All that matters is that the totality smells good.......and it does. Sillage is moderate with longevity approximately 4-5 hours before reapplication. Thumbs up from Aromi for Aigner N°1 Oud and as always, a sample wear is highly recommended.