10 reviews for Oud Cambodi E.O (7 YEAR AGED)
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Adam Michael has this to say “Many years ago, (2014) I was sent a tiny sample vial of Cambodian Oud essential oil. It became apparent very quickly that what I had in my possession, was without question, the most multi layered, deeply complex and stupendously beautiful base note aromatic I had ever encountered. I would go on to have a little adventure offering this material (with the help of a third party) to my clients who all sang its praises. Fast-forward to 2019 and I finally have started to get my own supply chain for oud setup.
So I think it is significant and only proper of me, to start this adventure (15/06/19) by making sure the first oud I introduce is again Cambodian material. Regarding the photo, I also wanted to pay homage to Cambodia beyond the obvious photo of our bottle, and have opted for a photo from the world famous and breathtakingly beautiful archaeological site called Angkor Wat.
OK, so Cambodian Oud Essential Oil, first what I have here is plantation material and essentially of organic status minus the certification.
The opening is a master class, displaying potent agrestic woody nuances, that resemble being inside a carpenters work room, the smell of freshly varnished furniture, cresole stained overalls, saw dust and wood shavings everywhere. And within this mash up of scent, you find a delicate sweet fruit melody, dark incense, spiced woods and peppery tinges. This is the general vibe of the aroma for two to three hours and again let me just say… WOW.
Slowly but surely on this journey, you encounter what I would describe as very subtle smoky facets, partially dry woods, moss qualities and something resembling the smell of old paper. To put that into a better context, this new wave of aroma is comparable to the smoky qualities found within Birch White, the dried out woody complexities found within Nookta, the mossy and forest floor character you find within tree moss and the old paper notes so easily found when smelling papyrus absolute. And within all this never ending bombardment of scents, you still detect the sweet juicy and somehow saturated fruit character that I find exclusive to ouds, wafting in and out of the aroma profile.
The sweetened fruity character slowly starts to take you into the next and final phase, slowly moving into a golden syrupy direction, barnyard and skanky nuances also becoming apparent as you move closer to the dry down. For me barnyard means in this instance, smelling the body of a horse, and skanky as in a faecal and animalic sense.
To sum up, one single drop of Cambodian Oud Essential Oil on my skin has lasted for just under 6 hours and in that time I have gone through so many aromatic gears, I have experienced so many scents, each and every one of them working harmoniously with the next. Intimate yes, but the aroma is still such that when I am inside or outside, hot or cold weather, my immediate environment is all soul calming oud.
I do want to add, after sampling lots of ouds, chiefly wild ouds from many acclaimed sources, it truly surprised me that of all the barnyard ouds I would sample, that it would be plantation material I would fall truly in love with. My verdict, 10 out of 10 material, and I applaud the producer for what is true aromatic art in the most captivating form.”
Botanical Name: Aquilaria crassna
Plantation Material (7 Years Aged as of February 2023)
Wholesale weights (all prices excluding vat): 100G = 2150 Euros.
KimRiccelli (verified owner) –
Not much more to say beyond the excellent write-up, which helped take me on quite a vivid internal journey as I evaluated the material. The one quality I would add which Adam left out is that there is a deeply bitter note at the center of it all. For me, it is the fulcrum around which everything else revolves, the austere anchoring quality that ties all of the other notes together and makes this an OUD. This is a note that is often missing or anemic in many plantation offerings, and I am pleasantly surprised by the level of depth and complexity in which it is present here. The producer truly does deserve the accolades.
Angela St John (verified owner) –
Exquisite. Strong, diffusive, very long lasting. I feel Adam very successfully described the evolution of this material and it really does unfold, layer by layer, and take you on a journey. I get the full barnyard aspects that are so synonymous with oud, but the edges are rounded and refined. I smell smoke, leather, dry woods, soaked slightly fermented raisin and a little dried tobacco leaf to accompany the animalic and fecal/barnyard base. It does have a pleasant bitterness, as Kim commented upon. The entire composition is smooth, multi-faceted, warm and robust in scent. Very deeply saturated with many layers, well rounded and interesting. A commendable material, well worth sampling if you’re exploring the world of oud.
jan.go (verified owner) –
Mind-blowing… This is a perfume in itself, a perfect oud oil, suitable to wear on its own or of course to build some deep and masculine oriental accords. At the moment I don’t feel an expert enough to tamper with it so I will use it as it is, like an attar. There is coffee and deep resinous woody note, oakwood, cedarwood, sandalwood… Heavy animalic note penetrating through the closed bottle. Should one wear it on its on it would be recommended to apply it an hour before leaving the house to let it develop to its most beautiful self, since the opening might be a bit of-putting to those who do not appreciate a good oud. Longevity unparalleled.
Kristina M (verified owner) –
It is not easy to truly evaluate a material like Oud – and i am not an expert. But i’ll try my best.
This Cambodi Oud Essential oil is so mysterious for me – it’s like opening a treasure chest were you find a huge choice of precious stones of which you even do not know the name … But you try, you try again and again until you recognize some, and you list : this one is diamond, this one is ruby, that one is sapphire, another one is aquamarine … And you explore that chest more and more and you are surprised but you start to recognize some other precious stones …
The same happened to me with this incredibly multilayered Cambodi Oud when i put just a tiny, but very tiny bit on my skin.
During the very first seconds it opened to me with sweet but really pleasantly pungent blue camomile – and this is what i personally would call a medicinal note mixed with slight bitterness of white part of citrus peel – and it is absolutely pleasantly overwhelming your immediate surroundings and it is enjoyable and calming in some way.
After five minutes or so i detect a fresh scent of natural brown soap that was and still is used in Russia for linen washing – and it really smells so clean and pleasant.
Then some fresh mint appears very shyly – it literally opens your lungs.
It’s sweet and i can almost feel that slight and not persistent sweetness in my mouth.
It’s overwhelmingly clean.
It’s balsamic – it makes you wish to breath deeply.
It’s so woody – pleasantly woody – it’s OUD, Cambodi Oud.
And all of a sudden it’s leather – brand new leather it feels as if you are sitting in a private airplane on an armchair just coated with that leather – and – oh yes – it gives you a sense of luxury.
And after a while all that gives space to another aroma and i’ll try to explain my impression.
I used to go to CIL (Centro Ippico Lombardo) in Milan for horse riding lessons for almost a year – and this Cambodi Oud makes me recognize that smell – it’s a horse after a ride, it’s a beautifully crafted saddle – it’s the smell i was bringing home after each training lesson – and i loved it madly, but so much that i even did not want to change my clothes – call it funny if you wish – but yes – clean animalic smell, clean horse with a saddle.
I loved my horse riding lessons a lot – but as long as i am sometimes reckless i have decided to quit – i felt that if i was going to participate to races i will hurt myself because of my courage and strong will to do my riding at my best.
So for all i have written above i just Adore this Cambodi Oud E.O. – i would just add some absolute of roses to it and nothing else and wear it.
I’m just completely in Love with this aroma – full aroma of this Oud.
It lasts for an eternity on a perfumers strip and when i put a tiny bit on my skin in the evening time – in the morning i can still feel a wonderful aroma – unique, amazing, really multilayered – so multilayered that i’m sure each of us can find many different notes varying in different environments – depending on a nose exploring it – each of you will find it’s own notes as well.
One of my most favorite materials.
And thanks again Adam and thanks again Eleonora – i will never stop admiring both of you for your professionality. You are the Best !
UTSAHAN (verified owner) –
Splendid aroma. Bla, bla, bla.
Aleksey P (verified owner) –
Very unusual oil. Although I am not a big connoisseur of agar oils (I have only three), but I appreciated all its depth and complexity. Every time you open a bottle, it opens differently. Sometimes the first notes are woody, sometimes balsamic, sometimes animal, smoky, leather. And in the process of evaporation from the blotter and from the skin, all these shades also appear each time in an unpredictable sequence. As for animals, fecal notes, I’m a big fan of them). In small quantities, they give the compositions a unique charm and charm. I really like the combination of this oil with a mixture of woody aromas: cedar, copaiba, rosewood, etc. And still insanely beautiful this oud behaves in combination with a delicious Mandarin red super concentrate, as well as with absolutes of tobacco and coffee. The same fruity nuances that are present in this oud are combined with mandarin in a stunning bouquet.
Jennifer B (verified owner) –
I’m working through a recipe using this for my husband. The animalic notes are subtle and my nose keeps going back to the bottle to look for them. There is a lovely primal quality.
Jolie T (verified owner) –
Wow- this oud stuff is extremely interesting.This oud is very different from the other I reviewed from Hermitage (Laos).
This is also a very thick oil.
This opens very anamalic, almost civet, very diffuse. It is sweet, and while the Laos is dark woods, these are lighter woods that hide behind the anamalic, the sweet,- and light peppery fruit( papaya seeds?)
The crazy thing about oud- or at least good oud- and this is good oud, is that it is a cloud of layers, interwoven aromas. As soon as I tease one out, another crosses, melds , floats.
So perfumes meld all into one- oud keeps all right there and melds.
This is beautiful, evocative, mysterious.
This one also explains the” wet dog”, if I were to compress this down, I would get that, but this is so open, the complexity so developed,, that many facets are revealed, many with no name. I do also smell a metallic copper, almost blood.
I couldn’t smell the oud in melt my heart- but now having smelled this, the oud used is close to this. The chocolate and floral would just melt into this.
I am not a connoisseur of ouds, but Hermitage’s offering certainly are making me believe I could get there. If nothing else , sampling them explains a great feat.
innasany (verified owner) –
So far I have not known that the real oud is so dense. I always got some attar with Sandalwood or it was already diluted. But I couldn’t take this Cambodian Oud out of the bottle. At first I felt – it’s a sweaty T-shirt, then acidity but gradually the divine beauty typical oud ..sweetness, dried fruit in a cake, fruity acidity of pomegranate and incredibly wooden depths. Definitely a great buy!
Joseph E (verified owner) –
Ok, this might sound weird, but every time I smell this oil in concentrated form I detect blueberry pastries. I love it! As time goes on this fragrance seems to evolve, which speaks to its tenacity and complexity.
There is a delicious, bitter(?) contrast in the center of it all that makes the whole thing work.
Three years of aging seems to have helped it develop into a true masterpiece.
One of my most prized fragrances…