Santal Galore by Areej Le Dore

by Therapeutic Fragrance

SCORE: 95

Don’t wait: Collection Worthy

Who? I See Wearing the Fragrance

Winston Churchill

Where? I Use the Fragrance

When? The Season I Use the Fragrance

All Year, skip the hottest of days

What? Occasions or Events I Use Fragrance

Perfumer:

Russian Adam

#russianoud

Price Per Millileter

125 3ML

Perfume Classification

Attar

How? I Apply the Fragrance

One to Three Swipes for me

Areej Le Dore - Russian Oud - Attar

Bottle presentation

$125 3 Grams (SOLD OUT) Maybe aftermarket. Just throwing out the original price.  Russian Oud is a gourmand oud perfume, built around high quality agarwood oil distilled by Russian Adam, according to an old traditional way…yet with a unique twist. Top notes: multilayered Choco Borai oud oil distilled by Russian Adam Heart notes: Indian oud, Russian castoreum, and cocoa extract; Siberian deer musk maceration, derived from a gigantic musk pod Base notes: guggul resinoid, Indian myrrh, labdanum, birch tar, sandalwood, and cedarwood

Fragrance Quick Story

Edit: He is remaking them, so I’m putting this review out there. OK, in my opinion, some things in this collection should be sacred, to be purchased and treasured when they are available, knowing that they might not be available forever.  I do hope this gets remade, however, so others can enjoy it. So far, everything that had donned the word “Russian” was above and beyond. I mean Masterpieces. Peruse my channel: I am very careful with that word, but when I use it, I will do it loudly.  That being said, everything “Russian” should notate that this is one-of-a-kind, just get what you can.  Hopefully there will be 10ml options to share the love. OK, moving on. I am lucky to own this in the attar form.  I found Russian Adam about a week after the perfume sold out. It wasn’t until a year after that the attar version was released, and I jumped on it. Some parts of Oud Luwak are comparable to Russian Oud, but I don’t own the perfume, only the attar, so I can only speak based on my experience with the attar. We can call this the refined Oud Luwak.  It doesn’t have that cinnamon thing that drove me nuts in Oud Luwak.   Alright, this thing is a beauty.  How do I own the perfume? is the thought I have to beat out of my head.  I’ve now got Oud Luwak up for trade. Russian Oud is a beauty through and through.  There is just softness, loudness, refinement, grunginess all at the same time.  This attar can be a lot of things all at once. This is James Bond in a bottle. Ready to fire and take down any enemy, step in and play his opponent with his mind, or steal the show at the evening event with his tux. Chocolate love at its best. Trying to hold back, but 90 minutes in, this is just one of those fragrances that changes the day.  This is why I wear perfume; to have experiences like this. Experiences comparable to nothing else without this luxurious smell I have never had before.

Fragrance in my opinion compared to Perfume’s Notes

Dark chocolate fans rejoice; it comes out singing.  A true cacao note in the composition that comes off like Ecuadorian dark chocolate with fruity top notes.  I’m talking about the fruity notes you smell from dark chocolate, if you’re into that. Oud is drenched in this, from top to bottom, and it’s well deserving of the name.  Hint Hint, designers. It’s an incense composition that is very royal. Notice my high scores; can’t help but call them royal. This is the most regal kind of “dirty” there is.  You feel like you were out in the thick of it, but then you still need to host a fancy dinner in the middle of a sixteen-hour day.  Think Aragon from Lord of the Rings—that type of man. Below everything, there is an oriental flair in the form of a smoky musk, authentic deer musk, and the birch tar and castoreum pulls up a thick brilliant leather.  The castoreum floats and moves with the oud. The oud does have the pungent flair everyone talks about, an advanced oud-lover’s oud. It has all the funk, but the funk enhances those rich base notes.  It adds a ton of character to the leather while this rich chocolate provides an aromatic touch on top. The cedar and santal come off smoky, and the labdanum raises all of it up in an incense bubble with myrrh around you.  Everyone you come in touch with that day will surely be fortunate. This projects three feet or more, easily.  This can last twenty four hours, but it’s about twelve for me.  Even though Russian Adam preaches against layering, I must counter to him that he needs to try layering this with Russian Musk.  I put on the Russian Oud attar traditionally and then spray the Russian Musk pure parfum over it. There is nothing like it that I have experienced.  Anyone have the perfume of Russian Oud? I will bring the attar, and we can try Russian Oud together. If a designer were to use the same formulation, this would easily be ten times the price for them to keep their margins, and probably a lot more. Overall, this is what you call luxury perfume made for royalty, drenching you in rich chocolate notes coated in real oud on top of leather that will come off of an incense for those around you.

Bottle Presentation

Company:Areej Le Dore
Perfumer:Russian Adam
Fragrance Family:Gourmand Woods
Classification:Attar
Pricing:$41.67/fluid ml
Country:Thailand
Year:2019
Hashtag:#russianoud

Therapeutic Fragrance Score Chart

Russian Oud

Experience 14/15
Branding & Originality 5/5
Projection & Sillage 5/5
Longevity 19/5
Composition 23/20
Ingredients
& Price per ML
9/25

FRAGRANCE

TOP: 5/10
HEART: 10/5
BASE: 5/10

SCORE: 95

“Collection Worthy!!!”

14 comments

  1. this is my favorite areej le dore(the perfume version) , this is the first areej le dore I have ever bought.
    it was a blind buy after I saw nikhil interviewing russian adam on his channel.
    wearing hendley bourbon edc today , great stuff you should review it

    1. What a blind but. Wish I had the perfume, but satisfied with what I got. I guess I could always add alcohol to some of mine. It's the exact same composition. Bourbon rocks. I am waiting for another one from Hendley. Too much to buy. Might wait for next batch of extrait.

    2. @Therapeutic Fragrance bought the extrait on the first five minutes of the sale, two days later added a 30ml bottle of the edc to my order and today after wearing the edc for the first time ordered another 50ml bottle of the edc , 85$ for 50ml is a bargain

  2. Due to the rarity of the materials, I can only imagine how much these will fetch in a decade. Wowwee. A superb review Brandon. Not into ouds myself, but I think everyone should experience the challenge now and again. Really puts things into perspective.

    1. Therapeutic Fragrance she’s a limited release. Only a few left on Luckyscent. If you try some others from DiSer, you’ll get the concept and quality without having to blind buy a limited release.

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