So, for all of you that have smelled New York Oud and didn’t like it (and for those of you that haven’t smelled it but plan on it) let me give you my take on the fragrance.
Being a dedicated Bond follower, I’ve come to learn the scents pretty well. My sense of smell has actually evolved because of Bond, and I smell things in fragrances now I wouldn’t have originally picked up on. I first smelled Bond New York Oud in New York when I was there on a visit. The representative that was working had her sample and sprayed a card for me. I walked out of the store perplexed by the scent on this card. Did I love it? Did I hate it? What is this? I didn’t know how I felt, but the smell was so strong it was permanently embedded into my nose. Unable to determine how I felt about it, I put the card away and completely forgot about it. Next time I experienced New York Oud was the day of its release. I was at the mall and the Bond representative was holding it and I asked for a spritz. As she was about to spray a card, I asked for it on my arm. That’s key! If you haven’t smelled it on your skin, then you couldn’t possibly know how complex the fragrance really is. Again, I didn’t know how to feel, I was overwhelmed. Did I love it? Did I hate it? I didn’t know, but what I did know is, I couldn’t stop smelling my arm.
I must have walked around the mall for two hours with my arm at my face. About three days later I went home to find my own sample of New York Oud in the mail. I opened the little vial and this smell came pouring out. The second it hit my nose, it actually made me close my eyes and smile. Could it be? Do I like this unusual fragrance that I’ve already tried two previous times?
I dabbed it on my arm and proceeded to spend the day with my arm to my face, again. My husband came home later that night (I’d been wearing the fragrance for about 6 hours at that point) and as I was walking away asked me what that smell was. What smell? I guess I had become less aware of it because I had smelled it all day. I put my arm to my face. Wow. That smell. I asked him if he liked it and he replied with “I don’t know, but it makes me want to keep smelling it until I decide.” The rest of the night my arm was in his face. I took one last whiff before going to bed. Mmmm.
It’s like my skin was sweetened by honey. I loved it. There was no going back. This scent is amazing. So, if you feel that you didn’t love Oud the first time you tried it on, try it again, and then a third time after that because at some point you’re going to switch from “I don’t know how I feel about this” to “I can’t stop smelling myself.” Well done, Bond No. 9, I’m hooked!
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