Dior Oud Ispahan – Opens with a broad rose, which seems to dominate the drydown. The rose mingles nicely with the oudh base, although the oudh is little more than a whisper. It’s similar to the accord in Leather Oud, but sweetened with an amber accord. The patchouli comes to the fore as the drydown progresses, but there is little to differentiate this from other compositions in this vein. Perhaps what this has over Montale’s Black Aoud is more sweetness and transparency, with a less harsh synthetic oudh base. There are also some similarities to MFK’s Lumiere Noire Pour Homme, although there the rose is greener and less cloyingly sweet. [*1/2]

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