Richly woody and highly potent, Oud is not a fragrance for the faint hearted. The scent, linked to wealth and power (no surprise Arabia is its biggest fanbase), is the surprising result of Agar tree mould.
It’s deep, long-lasting and highly evocative... what’s not to love? Here are some of our favourites, perfect for wearing on the Big Day.
Housed in a statement gold plated mirror effect bottle, Versace Oud Oriental is pure decadence, inside and out. Unlike traditional Ouds, every spritz begins with hyper-feminine florals before deepening into the Sandalwood and Leather-Oud base.Versace Oud Oriental £130, www.Harrods.com
Anima Vinci Oud Delight, £170, www.LesSenteurs.com
Givenchy L’Atelier Oud Flamboyant: £165, www.Harrods.com
Jo Malone and Tom FordUnisex fragrances - because what's yours is his, right?
Jo Malone Oud and Bergamot cologne, £115, www.JoMalone.co.uk, Tom Ford Oud Minérale: £158, www.JohnLewis.com
Juliette Has a Gun
We love this fabulously lavish bottle as much as the rich scent it holds.
Juliette Has a Gun Midnight Oud, £110, www.Selfridges.com
Roja Dove and Byredo
Roja Dove Aoud, £595, www.RojaParfums.com BYREDO Oud Immortel, £95, www.Byredo.co.uk
Creed Royal Oud
His and hers scenting with Creed Royal Oud, £230, www.CreedFragrances.co.uk
Killian Rose OudKilian Rose Oud, £285, www.ByKilian.co.uk
From a childhood fascination with henna to a lifelong love for Oud, Arabesque Artistry unites two cultural obsessions in a luxe fragrance range. Founder Nosheen Shah reveals: “I spent countless hours in the lab finessing the Oudh scent. Long-lasting, distinctive and oh-so sensual, I think it’s what every bride should wear on her Big Day.”
Although it began with a fragrance, the Arabesque Artistry collection has expanded to offer candles, room diffusers and moisturising lotions in a balanced blend of bergamot, sandalwood, oudwood, amber, cedarwood and patcuouli. Use solo, or layer to deepen the alluring scent.
The Arabesque Artistry Reed Diffuser: £24, The Arabesque Artistry Oudh Candle: £20, The unisex Arabesque Artistry Oudh scent: £35.99
As seen in Khush Wedding Spring 2018 KW18. Buy this issue here