Ex Idolo Thirty Three - Amateur Mini Review

ILikePeeps

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
May 15, 2012
So, the fragrance arrived today. Bottle is pretty small. Plastic cap.

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As far as smell, I don't have many fragrances that clicked with me as to what this reminded me of. There was maybe only 2 fragrances that I own that I thought of when it comes to resemblance.

Pre-spray, I thought of Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York (because of tuberose and/or rose?).

Post-spray (by the way, maybe try NOT to get this on a white shirt :)) I thought of Black Aoud; may smell very/quite similar to my nose.

Fragrance doesn't smell dirty, but has that.. oud(?) kind of 'twinge', like an olfactory tangy smell (Perhaps I could explain that better.. hah).

I haven't had it on long, un-sure about longevity and projection - though I may have smelled it from my forearm with the arm away from my face.
 

gandhajala

Well-known member
Sep 3, 2010
I met the owner last week - seemed a pleasant guy.
Gave this a sniff briefly on a mouillette: the oud and whatnot came across as quite woody with slight spice/leather/ tobacco facets; the rose is nice, but personally, I've had my fill of oud+rose.
This is certainly not a dirty oud by oud standards and many people on the evening seemed to find the fragrance quite femme. The latter really surprised me, but then my RADAR for such things is probably way off.
Apparently, 33 refers to the number of years the batch of oud was aged before use.
 

freewheelingvagabond

Well-known member
Jun 10, 2012
Tried it Saturday afternoon, and it stood out (with a few others) among a bunch. Got a sample and wore it on Saturday night.

Overall very good stuff.

Those looking for an oud fragrance would be disappointed. Very polished, well-mannered and polite. Gandhajala's spot on about woody character of the composition, though I don't get any leathery or tabac facets - only spices. The rose note is excellent - dark, big, and seductive, but not brooding.

As some have noted, it's not very original or unique or avant-garde. It has passing similarities with Black Aoud (structural), Portrait of a Lady (the rose and the woods), and Noir de Noir (the dark, plum-like feel). But execution is top notch IMO, and is an absolute pleasure to wear. I should note that I'm a fan of dark rose-patchouli fragrances in general. Excellent sillage and very long lasting.

Recommended.
 

Anastasia Beaverhausen

Well-known member
Sep 13, 2016
I tried this maybe six months ago and found it unbearable, a rare scrubber. I've kept the sample and will be interested to revisit to see if my fragrance palate has developed, I've sniffed an awful lot since so hopefully I'll find some appreciation for it even if I don't actively like it.

The colour of the juice is ridiculously appealing.
 

dnc

Well-known member
Jan 16, 2010
I too have become disinterested in the rose-oud combo. This, however, is one of the best I have tried.
 

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