Parfum Du Jour | Dior Oud Ispahan
I find that only a handful of Western perfumeries can create an authentic oud fragrance and Oud Ispahan proves that Dior is definitely one of them. In the La Collection Privee alongside another oud based fragrance, Leather Oud, Oud Ispahan is an intricate blend of labdanum, patchouli, sandalwood, rose and oud. The oud and rose marry perfectly well and although there’s rose in this, it’s not your typical airy fairy rose fragrance. Not in the slightest.
“Oud Ispahan recreates Mr. Dior’s dreams of the Orient through a striking rose oud amber accord. Created by Dior perfumer-creator Francois Demachy, this universal scent features top notes of labdanum absolute, middle notes of patchouli essence from Indonesia and bottom notes of oud essence from Laos, rose essence from Turkey and sandalwood essence from New Caledonia for a warm, spicy reinterpretation of Eastern locales.”
Oud Ispahan is initially pretty strong and heady with the oud, but it later dries down into a sensuous patchouli and rosy smokiness. I love that it changes form but I also love its lasting power; it lingers on clothing for days!
Oud Ispahan is available at Harrods, Selfridges and other department stores.