Finally got to sample O4G and while it has it's qualities, it comes across a bit underwhelming IMO. The opening is a large dose of lavender, saffron and dry oud. The effect for me is a dry, rotting log. The lavender gives a barbershop undertone that is unusual but not entirely warming or pleasant. The musk and patchouli arrive late to flatten it out, but for me it's overly dry and medicinal. Not my cup of tea for Initio prices. Neutral.
Have been settling in with this very nice perfume Oud for Greatness by Initio. The general accomplishment of this product is to bring back the memory of a dry oud wood resin vaporized upon a white hot charcoal incense burner. There is a cooling dry suede opening from the start with lavender revealing its pinene qualities supported by nutmeg and saffron giving a soft leather feel to the opening. The cool opening reminds me of MFK Oud Velvet Mood, or Xerjoff GAO; however the warm musk base adds a little warmth to the character here which reminds me of Acqua di Parma Oud or Armani Prive Oud Royal. This is a nice combination of cool and warm qualities. Through the middle Oud wood, agar wood oil and patchouli keep a central theme of cooling sensual incense that stays on the woody resin side while being lifted by the lavender and nutmeg and soft smokey musk at the very base. I like Oud for Greatness as a perfume and it has good performance overall. Like most oud perfumes the artistry of the oud story in Oud for Greatness is not the equal of any good quality pure oud oil that would cost you the same amount as this 90 ml. but for only 3 gr. of intense pure Cambodian, Indonesian, Malaysian and recently Vietnamese harvested oud oil. Both the perfume and pure oud oil have their place and are different but the naming begs a comparison. As far as an oud based perfume goes Oud for Greatness is enjoyable to wear and accomplishes a very competent burning oud resin aroma. Rated: 4/5.
Oud for Greatness by Initio Parfums Prives, in my opinion,is very good, albeit slightly over-hyped. This fragrance is a combination of Montale's Aoud Musk with a splash of BR 450 and a splash of a synthetic woody fragrance, such as Wonderwood by CdG. The oud is semi-challenging with a moldy basement/petrol vibe, but everything is very smooth and nicely blended. I'm also getting a synthetic, masculine, woody musk accord, very similar to the one in Aoud Musk. Sometimes it feels like a masculine leather accord, which makes sense given the saffron and oud. I'm really enjoying the touch of dry sweetness that emerges in the dry down. Please note that my categorization of masculine is based on fragrance marketing/conditioning.
OFG is BR 540 Extrait's "masculine" brother who listens to 90's butt rock, ironically (he says).
I'm happy to own a travel size of OFG, but it isn't going on my full bottle list.
Initio Parfums Privés' takes a highly stylized and tempered approach to the traditional agarwood niche here. This is designed to sway the flock and to appease. From the aesthetic pop of the third-eye trance, to the masonic bottle and its accord, the modus operandi is one of pretty persuasion and possibly the wool being pulled over a frag-head; unfortunately at a luxury premium. Labeled as greatness', the theme feels a bit hollow due to the oud being reduced to an ornamental note, whereby the greatness' is attained with a surprisingly bright lavender and spicy suede of saffron rubbing their spirited zests with zeal and emitting burnt sugary vapours that eventually bring the great' when entering the hearty mouth of this particularly toothless yet fragrant one-eyed agarwood beast. The result is a gracious release of a sensual, savoury barbershop air that is saccharine and chocolaty; only to be further augmented by a sweet musk, and then lessened by a patchouli vinaigrette. The result is a mango-esque toothache of a finish, not far from a certain creed'. Overall, Oud for Greatness' is mass appealing, refined, measured (longevity/projection to the heavens) and merely in line with Western tastes for boring luxury sweeteners. Certainly, this fragrance will sit well with a select hip or those willing to ape or pay a heft for something that plays so safe. Despite the perceived quality, it comes across as pretty vacant, devoid of any soul and simply one for the chorus line... What to do, when birds of a feather flock together.
I like it but it doesn't last that long on my skin and could stand to be a bit stronger. As it stands it should be renamed Oud for mediocracy (the philosopher who never amounted to much). It does remind me a little of Rose D" Arabie with a less rose and more Oud.
Anticlimactic. Read notspeandingamillion's review because he nails it squarely. There's nothing wrong with Oud for Greatness it's just not new or unique. Coming first from Al Haramain and AJ Arabia then to Oud for Greatness undoubtedly colors my perception, and perhaps unfairly at that. OFG is easy to love but there is some sense of redundancy mentioned by Buysblind. It's not for me because I feel my Al Haramain cover this genre well enough there isn't enough daylight between the two to warrant both. For the price I'd rather get an exclusive Ormonde Jayne or Roja decant.