Royal Oud fragrance notes

  • Head

    • calabrian lemon, pink berry, sicilian bergamot
  • Heart

    • cedar, galbanum, angelica root
  • Base

    • indian oud, sandalwood, tonkin musk

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Probably the best Creed I have smelled or tried, yes it is pricey and isnt worth that kind of price tag, but as a scent it is awesome for the 5 to 6 hours that it lasts on my skin

Overall 9-10
Longevity 5-10
Silage 5.2- 10

Try if you like dry spicy Cedar
24th March 2022
Royal Oud is for me both exasperating and enticing. If money was no object I would buy a flacon and coat myself with this scent continuously. It is a subtle, dry expression of cedar with the angelica and other elements bringing a bit of 'noir' to the party. It smells really expensive but is not all that powerful and it's longevity and sillage are not equitable to its obnoxiously high price. I have about 15ml left and will treasure it but can't fathom paying upwards of $400 for a standard bottle. Some claim the cheapo synthetic homage to Royal Oud is Lomani's Intense Black. I can't entirely agree as Intense Black's note pyramid is somewhat similar yet just incredibly synthetic and unable to touch the 'organic' natural dry cedar of Royal Oud. Therefore the Lomani would not be a suitable substitute IMO, and I have both fragrances. Royal Oud doesn't smell youthful, and it's elegance demands it be worn with finer clothes such as a suit. It is wearable all seasons except hot summer days. It is not a beast, and considering the price you aren't getting great performance. Part of it may be that I get nose blind to it, and maybe others (hopefully) can still smell it. Even with the cons of performance and price this is still one of my favorite fragrances of all time, so thumbs up. I would never blind buy this but definitely get a decant. Royal Oud is an amazing, sophisticated, elusive fragrance.
3rd February 2022

A blast of green galbanum in the opening, which transitions to sweet and smoky woods. No oud accord to speak of, but this is an absolutely beautiful wood scent for fall and winter. I also sometimes pick up a vague impression of tobacco accord as it develops. One of my favorites from the line.
25th October 2021
Creed is essentially a "dad cologne" house (and I say that not as a pejorative, but just an acknowledgment that the Creed lineup is fairly conservative in its style), and Royal Oud is no exception. This feels like a modern scent for the person who remembers what it was like when oakmoss was around. No oakmoss here, but the ambient, fuzzy greenness of Royal Oud feels like it's taking a path to a neighboring destination.

This spicy, green take on cedar (no oud in sight) wears lightly but wears well: an everyday cologne for a man of means whose tastes don't lineup with niche/luxury "statement" fragrances. Its effortlessness makes it my favorite of the Creed lineup from the last fifteen years. It's rich, but it's also linear and restrained, with the only development here being a shift from spiciness to a richer, deeper register, with a light, coumarin-style sweetness lingering in the base. The cedar here isn't a "pencil" cedar, but a satisfying "tree" cedar, bark and all.

Like any Creed, it's impossible to recommend at retail, but it's nevertheless a good one that feels destined to age well due to its limited market influence and its avoidance of cliches.
25th May 2021
I have tried this in the past, I guess, I smelled it in the air while in a Nordstrom's. I just remembered it to be very spicy.

I bought a very small sample, it seems pretty expensive on Ebay, compared to other Creed's. The opening, I actually smell rubbing alcohol for a brief 30-45 sec. I get a lot of pepper after, but it's not like the pepper that goes right up my throat and makes me choke, simultaneously, it is still extremely peppery. It becomes a skin scent pretty quickly, within 30 minutes. At which point I am met with something like a soft fern, sort of pine like, resinous accord, along with a lot of cedar. As it dries down it becomes a little sweet, some kind of maple like accord, might just be "tonka musk", while it could be the sweet elements in sandalwood too. Dare I even say, it almost smells like Mysore sandalwood. Creed tends to use different types of fragrance oils that you don't find in many other fragrances, but you may find them reused in their own.

I'm not a Creed fan really, but I think this is a well put together fragrance, that incorporates a little oud, without going overboard like many designers do, with synthetic oud notes. However, the price, to performance, is just flat out bad. I get 3 hours on my skin, I get minimal projection after 10 minutes. Ya, it's just not worth it.

Now, Lomani Intense Black, which is discontinued and going up in price, while it does mimic Royal Oud, it lacks the woodsy depth, and covers up with fake aromachemicals. The sandalwood in Royal Oud is what really makes the dry down in my opinion, and allows for the other notes to stack on top of it. Kind of hard to explain.

Bottom line. If you can afford it. You want a good spice and wood fragrance that is balanced well, that isn't synthetic at any time, that's mature and sophisticated, but that doesn't perform very well. Then this is for you. I know a lot of men who are sensitive to strong fragrances, so this may fit their what they fancy.
27th February 2021
When I first encountered Royal Oud I felt completely underwhelmed, I expected some extravaganza of royalty, elephants bursting out of the bottle, drums being banged and a banquet of delicious flavour....ok so that was completely far fetched but the hype this fragrance seems to carry is incredible. What I got was something very muted and muffled, a woody muffled peppery thing I thought. 15mls into my bottle and five or six wearings later I completely get it, this is understated class ..the sort of fragrance that is a silent killer..those close quarter meet and greet ones that leave a lasting impression of class. I get a velvety cedar over pepper with a genius twist of angelica ..almost creating a slight liquorice vibe , the small amount of oud creates a chalky feel yet earthy at the same time, it's such a tiny amount but that small amount makes the fragrance, it's so clever really and these sort of creations are not developed under pressure from executives breathing sales pressure down the perfumers throats , they are artistic and almost poetic, Royal Oud has been allowed time to be perfected and this will show in its development and journey on the skin, excellent fragrance with very good performance (my bottle became a bit stronger over time).
7th October 2020
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