If you want your fragrance to exude luxury, here's 9 oud perfumes you should know about

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Oud is a precious and often expensive ingredient prominent in some of the best fragrances around. Yes, oud perfumes tend to give off a really luxurious quality—and, as somebody who loves woody perfumes the most (and let's face it, all luxury perfumes) , they really are a bit of me. 

Sometimes spicy, sometimes a little smoky, but always with a luxurious quality, oud perfumes tend to catch people's attention. Adding a lot of depth to a fragrance, the note also makes for long-lasting perfumes, with that woodiness still detectable on the skin hours after you’ve first applied it.

In this guide I’ve shared my thoughts on nine very different oud scents, including both long-time favourites and newer discoveries, to help you find a new addition to your perfume collection. One of the below is sure to have those in your company asking: What perfume are you wearing?

1. Byredo Oud Immortel

Byredo Oud Immortel Eau de Parfum

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Byredo Oud Immortel Eau de Parfum

Best tobacco oud perfume

Specifications

Key notes : Incense, cardomom, Brazilian rosewood, papyrus, patchouli, moss, tobacco leaves, oud

Reasons to buy

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Tobacco really comes through
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Classic woody feel
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Lasts well

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer richer scents

This perfume is a great example of why I love spending time trying new scents. When I first spritzed this Byredo number, I wasn’t sure it was for me. But once it settles onto the skin with the initial cardamom and incense, it develops into this tobacco-y, woody gloriousness that I’m now a bit obsessed with, if I’m being completely honest. It has good staying power on the skin, and I think it’s one that I’ll keep coming back to—Super Cedar is probably the closest I've had to a signature perfume and this might just join it. 

2. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Silk Mood

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Silk Mood

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Silk Mood Eau de Parfum

Best fresh oud perfume

Specifications

Key notes : Oud, papyrus, bergamot, guaiac wood, Damascena rose

Reasons to buy

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Ever so slightly fresh
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Soft and luxurious
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Very fine spritz

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive

The name behind the famous TikTok sensation Baccarat Rouge 540, Maison Francis Kurkdjian has many other luxurious fragrances that are also worth your time and attention. I’ve tried both of the closely-related Satin Mood and Silk Mood, and this is my favourite of the two. Silky is a perfect way to describe it—sophisticated and light yet long-lasting, it’s got a subtle freshness thanks to bergamot with all of the woody depth of rosewood, guaiac wood and, of course, oud. 

3. Kayali Oudgasm Cafe Oud 19

KAYALI Oudgasm Cafe Oud 19

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Kayali Oudgasm Café Oud 19

Best gourmand oud perfume

Specifications

Key notes : Capuccino, bergamot, mandarin, rose Damascena, geranium, vanilla Madagascar, white musk, patchouli, oud

Reasons to buy

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Creamy, slightly sweet and spicy
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Lasts very well on the skin

Reasons to avoid

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May be too gourmand for some preferences

If I had to describe this fragrance from Mona Kattan’s fragrance brand (which sits under Huda Beauty) in just one word, it’d probably be addictive. It’s spicy, gourmand and a little sweet, with notes of cappuccino and rose alongside white musk, vanilla and oud. The combination is very unique and attention-grabbing—in the best way—and I could still faintly smell it on my skin more than 12 hours after I applied that first spritz.

4. Creed Royal Princess Oud

Creed Royal Princess Oud

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Creed Royal Princess Oud

Best fruity oud perfume

Specifications

Key notes : Bergamot, grapefruit, pink pepper, blackcurrant, pineapple, raspberry, aldehydes, iris, orris butter, jasmine, rose, oud vanilla, cedar wood, solar notes, musk, patchouli

Reasons to buy

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Light and feminine fragrance
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Fruity, floral and woody
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Not too intense

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive

Creed’s Royal Princess Oud is a very 'femme' oud perfume—a little fruity, a little floral and a bit woody. Initially feeling fresh, it's light, elegant and very wearable with a kind of classic feel to it. I’d say that it’s a particularly good choice for those who don’t want oud to take centre stage in their fragrance but to still be detectable. 

5. Mizensir Original Oud

Mizensir Original Oud Eau de Parfum

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Mizensir Original Oud Eau de Parfum

Best classic oud perfume

Specifications

Key notes : Geranium Bourbon, green cardamom, gurjum balm, woodleather, iris absolute, while woods, sandalwood, oud

Reasons to buy

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Feels like a classic oud scent
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Very wearable
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Long-lasting 

Reasons to avoid

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Again, very expensive

To me, this has everything you’d want from an oud perfume. Opening with geranium and cardamom and wearing through into white woods, sandalwood and oud, it’s sophisticated, long-wearing (I could still smell a trace of it on my skin more than 12 hours after I first applied it), elegant and neither too sweet nor too intense. If you like oud perfumes I can’t see an obvious reason why you wouldn’t like it—I can imagine that it’ll layer really nicely with others in my collection, too. 

6. D.S. & Durga Notorious Oud

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D.S. & Durga Notorious Oud

Best earthy oud perfume

Specifications

Key notes : Saffron, camphor, white galbanum, Indonesian oud, Bulgar rose, lavender absolute, civet, cetalox, papyrus

Reasons to buy

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Woody and earthy
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Very unique oud perfume

Reasons to avoid

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Some may want something a little sweeter

Interestingly, I find that Notorious Oud smells almost leathery after the initial spritz, which soon makes way for this earthiness alongside the uniqueness of oud. Opening with aromatic notes of saffron, camphor and white galbanum, it makes an impact without being too much—spicy, woody and ever so slightly citrusy. 

7. Initio Parfums Oud for Happiness

Initio Parfums Oud for Happiness

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Initio Oud for Happiness

Best uplifting oud perfume

Specifications

Key notes: Bergamot, ginger, licorice, vanilla, cedar wood, Indian oud, all naturals, musk

Reasons to buy

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Very unique and uplifting 
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A little sweet and musky
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Lasts well on the skin

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive

Oud for Happiness is the perfect name for this fragrance, because it’s luxurious, cheerful and uplifting all at once. Described as “a puff of freshly-cut narcotic grass”, it’s a little sweet but quite unique. Bright and fresh bergamot and ginger make way for hints of licorice and vanilla alongside musk, oud and cedarwood. However, it’s also incredibly expensive, so not accessible for those with smaller perfume budgets. 

8. Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud

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Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne Intense

Best rose oud perfume

Specifications

Key notes : Clove, Damask rose, oud

Reasons to buy

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Sweet but not sickly
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Oud compliments the rose beautifully

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't last as long on the skin as some others

This scent just so happens to be one of my favourite scented luxury candles and as a perfume, it’s ideal for that non-traditional rose scent. What I mean by that is that it has all the elegant, velvety powderiness of rose but none of the sickly, cloying quality that might remind you of old-fashioned soap. I find that it doesn’t last as long on my skin as some other oud perfumes in this guide, but it’s a lovely fragrance nonetheless. 

9. Tom Ford Oud Wood

Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum

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Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum

Best woody oud perfume

Specifications

Key notes: Rose wood, cardamom, oud wood, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean, amber

Reasons to buy

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Spicy, ambery and woody
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Lasts well 

Reasons to avoid

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Quite well-known, if you prefer something more under the radar

A classic oud perfume, this Tom Ford Private Blend is often described as a 'masc' fragrance, but it’s very much a universal one (as all fragrances should be considered, really). Starting with a slight freshness, it's ambery and a little sweet with tonka bean alongside that all-important oud—and is one that lasts for several hours.