‘London Calling’, the song written and performed by iconic British punk rock band The Clash, has been an anthem for more than three decades since its release in 1979. Gritty and uncompromising, The Clash blazed a trail with their unique brand of music and virtuosity, and London Calling struck a chord with many at the time. Fragrance Du Bois will be doing the same with its new perfume, London Oud, created for celebrity client and London resident, David Haye, the former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
London Oud fragrance notes
- Lemon, Bergamot, Spearmint
- Lavender, jasmine, White flowers, Marine notes
- Patchouli, Cedarwood, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Oud
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Latest Reviews of London Oud
"And when I'm home, curled in your arms
And I'm safe again
I'll close my eyes and sleep, sleep
To the sound of London rain"
Personally, I did not detect but a minuscule amount of oud that seems to be overshadowed significantly by the lavender's herbal, scintillating presence.
The rest of London Oud's tableau evokes images of urban waterside living, thanks to the calone and citrus head notes, blended with the medium strength mint plus lavender. Floral notes add an "outdoorsy" feel, with some beautiful spiciness from nutmeg and mentholated cardamom. Performace is not bad - long-lasting with soft sillage.
Great non-oud oud aquatic scent with some depth and interest. But there are a legion of other fine aquatics out there that cost a fraction of this high-priced outing.
That snarky intro isn't totally fair. There very well may be real Laotian oud in here, with its straight-laced lacquered tone and airy nuances of fruit, but I honestly think this smells 90% identical to L'Homme Libre. I do like L'Homme Libre quite a bit (the only L'Homme I like) therefore I also like London Oud. London Oud smells a bit more polished, softer, and rounder. Overall, it is more interesting.
For details of what London Oud smells like, check out reviews for the YSL, or get a sample from LuckyScent like I did (worth a sniff for $6). The pyramid for London Oud here is considerably different than that of the Fragrance du Bois website, which shares more notes with Libre, patchouli being the most important.
100ml of L'Homme Libre can be had for ~$45
100ml of London Oud can be had for ~$860
The latter smells of quality more so than the former, but I know which I'd pick.