Something in this is not lucky at all; it feels rushed and untested. I feel bad, but not too bad, for LuckyScent, as this was made just for them. I feel worse for those who bought a bottle. This is the prime reason I will never blind buy a Bortnikoff. The top comes off like a drunken mess—like when you go overboard on everything during a crazy night and wake up with cottonmouth.
The mid settles in to the tea rose note that he has used before. Throughout the wear, this becomes a heavy tea rose scent. The rose is dense and not airy, which isn’t bad for die-hard rose lovers. (Maybe this should have been called Lucky Rose.) It overshadows everything at this point. Lotus sandalwood is there, but it never comes out like it should. Maybe the tea rose is making this go south for me. The famous cacao doesn’t come off clean; the blending is horrendous. The experience is surprising, because this list of notes is filled with some of my favorites. I love the Bengal sandalwood in his other compositions, particularly Zemfira.
Lucky Oud finishes off with the basic incense accord that is taught in Day One of perfumery class. If you think I am being too harsh, consider that this is almost $400; that makes this fair game. My channel is about big game, big money perfume, and as a community, we must not drop our dollars on monstrosities like this one. LuckyScent ain’t giving me a refund, and neither is the perfumer. Overall, I say spend your money on raw ingredients and get an education.