If there’s anything my mom ingrained in me that I’m not letting go anytime soon, it’s how to collect fragrances. Smelling good means a lot to my family (A LOT!!!!!) and I have been brought up to think that when it comes to perfumes, IT IS OKAY TO SPLURGE!

So below is a list of fragrances that I would love to call my staples, of course when I can eventually afford the rest of them. It would be a very nice rotation between all these. I’ve used all of them before but I do not necessarily own the full bottles which is why this is called a wishlist and I will include other reviews from basenotes and fragrantica, positive or negative for a better perspective.

Before you decide to move on, let me say, if you are a lover of light, feminine, simple, flowery scents then this post might not be for you. I use masculine scents and maybe this will be better suited for men but you can give it a chance.

Also I’m not a perfume aficionado so do not expect all the tactical terms in this list. It isn’t supposed to be an indepth review but a list of scents I’d like to repurchase and live with happily ever after.

 

Guess seductive, I’m Yours 50ml – $62 | HUF16,000

Guess seductive

Main Accords
Floral, Sweet, Patchouli, Fruity, Vanilla, Tropical

Fragrance Notes Pyramid

Top Notes
Peony, Passionfruit

Middle Notes
Tiare Flower, Orchid, Magnolia, Lily

Base Notes
Musk, Vanilla, Woodsy Notes, Patchouli, Vetiver

I’m starting with this because it is the lightest of them all. I’d say it is strictly for summer because it’s a very soft, romantic and extremely seductive scent. Okay, I might be going a little overboard with the adjectives. But this can also be worn on girls nights out or on dates, anytime you want to feel more feminine. After I finished the 30ml bottle, I honestly didn’t feel any compulsion to get another bottle.

 

Review 1

“Although I love perfumes, I’m not really a big fan of designer fragrances because they tend to be very mainstream and safe. But I really liked Guess Seductive, a floral blend with warm woody notes, and so I thought I’d give its sister Seductive I’m Yours a try too. How do they compare? Well, I’m Yours is sweeter, stronger and more youthful than the original.” – Review Link

Review 2

Guess Seductive I’m Yours has quickly become my favorite perfume! Light, fresh, good for the day and evening. Took it with three other colognes on a girls weekend and ALL the girls wanted this one.! – Review Link

Rating

Longevity: 3.1/5
Sillage: 3/5

 

Tom Ford Black Orchid 100ml – $106 | HUF 27,500

tf black orchid

Main Accords
Woody, Patchouli, Rum, Sweet, Warm Spicy.

Fragrance Notes Pyramid

Top Notes
Jasmine, Gardenia, Ylang-Ylang, Bergamot, Amalfi Lemon, Mandarin Orange, Black Currant, Tuber

Medium Notes
Spices, Fruity Notes, Lotus, Orchid, Gardenia, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang

Base Notes
Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Incense, vanilla, Mexican Chocolate, White Musk

 

I got two testers, one for the black orchid and one for the Oud wood and this one stood out to me. I eventually got the 100ml bottle which lasted more than 6 months and was very worth it. It is very empowering and my kind of scent. My only peeve with this scent is that, everyone is wearing it. Especially being in college right now, this is such a mind blowing fragrance and at a very affordable price point so it is expected.

Review 1

Heavy, sweet, smokey, mysterious and truly unisex. Can’t work out why, and it’s frustrating! Definitely – for the men – it demands dress shirt, flattering tuxedo, cuff links, classic watch, and patent black shoes. Ready for the red carpet, ball and opera. That’s what it conjures to me. Lasts really well too! – Review Link

Review 2

This is pure sex in a bottle. It’s a gorgeous, unique, warm scent. Definitely not for the faint of heart or for those sensitive to smell. This is my signature “going out” perfume. Every time I wear it I get compliments. Plus the scent lingers for ages! On bare skin it lasts anywhere between 24-48 hours and on clothes, scarves, etc I’ve had it last up to 3 days. I was lucky enough to have this gifted to me, but when I do run out I will repurchase! – Review Link

Review 3

Full review – Review Link

Rating

Longevity: 5/5
Sillage: 5/5

 

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood 50ml – $170 | HUF 44,200

tf oud wood

Main Accords
Woody, Warm Spicy, Balsamic, Oud, Aromatic

Fragrance Notes
Agarwood(Oud), Brazilian Rosewood, Sandalwood, Cardamom, Sichuan pepper, Vetiver, Tonka bean, Amber

 

I have so many words and yet not enough. This is my dream fragrance. The one scent that will tie my existence together. I have used the little tester bottles so many times and I’m still waiting to get my hands on the actual 100ml bottle. I cannot wait to get this and just maybe I will write a full review on it.  I find this scent very mysterious. You walk into a room wearing this and the entire room can feel wealth and dare I say, authority pass them by. You need a high level of confidence to wear this scent. It doesn’t crave attention, but even in its subtlety you can’t help but get noticed, even appraised if the environment is conducive. It’s the kind of scent you wear to a job interview and get the job without a CV. One of the reviews said it does nothing remarkable but different strokes.

Review 1

Neutered Oud. Unisex, all age and season with TF Private Blend quality. For the man/woman that demands quality, but not attention. Pleasant and easy to wear. Does everything well, but does nothing remarkable. It is distinctive, yet forgettable at the same time. Sillage and projection are soft. Longevity average.

Creed’s Royal Oud is a better version of the tamed Oud. Redundant if you own both. Note breakdown is accurate, but think muted volume. – Review Link

Review 2

This to me is a perfect perfume. Tom Ford makes a number of perfect scents – London, Venetian Bergamot, Tuscan Leather – but this one tops them all. Smooth, creamy, delicious, with absolutely none of that nasty, medicinal quality that most other ouds seem to have. Projects really well, lasts a long time, and stays gorgeous. If I could only have one perfume, this would probably be it. Just heavenly. – Review Link

Review 3

Full review – Review Link

Rating

Longevity: 4.9/5
Sillage: 4/5

 

Byredo Oud immortel 100ml – $198 | HUF 52,000

byredo oud

Main Accords
Woody, Oud, Balsamic, Citrus, Warm Spicy.

Fragrance Notes Pyramid

Top Notes
Cardamom, Incense, Limoncello

Middle Notes
Patchouli, Agarwood(Oud), Papyrus, Brazilian Rosewood

Base Notes
Oak Moss, Tobacco

 

The first thing you need to know about this scent is that IT IS NOT! NOT! FOR EVERYONE. The first time I tried this scent, the opening was just pungent, I couldn’t possibly find the Oud in the mix. When it died down, it was still very much empowering. You would know I was close by if I was in a train on my way from another city. It is loud. I live for scents like this and even I was uncomfortable. But once I hit the streets, every one needed the plug. I just learnt to use it in drops, you cannot be too generous when using this.

Review 1

I think the description is somewhat misleading here at Luckyscent: it describes the oud as being in the “background,” which to me implies it’s muted in favor of the other notes. While there is a lot going on here, I don’t think the traditional top-bottom description of notes works for it. To me, what makes Oud Immortel so good is that every component works to emphasize the oud somehow. The limoncello, for example, isn’t there to disguise anything; rather, it compliments the oud’s sharp medicinal aspect excellently. The patchouli, woods, and incense do the same with the oud’s deeper component. I still haven’t plunked down for a bottle of this yet, but I get samples as often as I can just to keep smelling it. – Review Link

Review 2

Let me just start by saying that, as the reviews suggest, this fragrance probably isn’t for everyone.
I’m not an expert so please take my review with a grain of salt, but I will try to do my best to describe my experience with Oud Immortel.

On the first spray you immediately notice the sharp but fresh lemoncello opening.
This is also the moment where the oud-like note is the most noticable, but it fades quite fast.
The next few hours were somewhat disappointing to me in the sense that it evolved into kind of and “old man” scent because of the patchouli/incense/rosewood. Not that it was bad, but it wasn’t for me.
However, after the 5-6 hour mark it evolved again.
At his point I get woody incense together with sweet candied citrus fruits and this where this fragrance hits the sweet sport for me.

Weird note: Besides the usual spots I also applied the fragrance on the back of my hand. This made me notice that when I brought my nose to my hand and exhaled (nose) on the fragrance before sniffing it, the sweetness intensified 10-fold.

Sillage and projection is great,even after 12 hours my girlfriend reported that she still smelled me 15 seconds after I left.
Longetivity on my skin is also beastly as I can now, 26 hours after applying it on my hand, still smell it.
All, as one of my first niche fragrances I found a very enjoyable journey throughout the day. – Review Link

Rating

Longevity: 5/5
Sillage: 4.4/5

 

Creed Royal Oud 75ml – $184 | HUF 48,000

creed royal oud

Main Accords
Woody, Musky, powdery, Citrus, Green, Oud.

Fragrance Notes Pyramid
Top Notes
Lemon, Pink Pepper, Sicilian Bergamot

Middle Notes
Cedar, Galbanum, Angelica

Base Notes
Agar Wood(Oud), Sandalwood, Musk

 

This was another scent with a very sharp opening. You can smell the oud from the beginning. It really does have that dry wood, forest scent which I love so much. See, y’all don’t even know how much scents like this captivate me. People say it’s really close to my baby, TF Oud Wood. I’m sorry I don’t smell it. It wouldn’t be my first choice in the entire oud range to be honest but I would pick it up if I had awoof cash.

Review 1

Dry dry wood. I don’t smell oud. Dry down is a bit better as the sweetness of SW and powder comes through killing the dry woods. But too little too late.
Nothing Royal or sophisticated about it and no oud.
For people who like dry woods this is worth a try.
I will pass.

Neutral to thumbs down. – Review Link

Review 2

Great Fragrance. This is a delicious spicy experience, and incredibly unique. A little sweet, and almost smells smoky/woody at first. I actually like the opening the best, and the second I put this on and walk past my wife, she lights up. I try to surprise her some times with this. The drydown can get slightly cloying in the summer time, so this might be best in the fall and the winter. Overall an excellent fragrance, and one that fills a spot in a collection that doesn’t see too much competition, at least in my opinion. One spray is usually enough. Excellent initial sillage, but becomes close to the skin within an hour, and stays there for several hours. – Review Link

Review 3

It is a completely mesmerizing fragrance like no other the quality of the oils used in this perfume is evident.. The smell it Captivates you like no other its special, I followed a gentleman and had to ask him “Sir excuse me what Perfume or Lotion are you wearing the Smell is Sublime!” Royal Oud by Creed he answered since then the only perfume for my man is Royal Oud by Creed – Review Link

Rating

Longevity: 4.8/5
Sillage: 3.7/5

 

By Kilian Straight to Heaven 50ml – $192 | HUF 50,000

kilian straight to heaven

Main Accords
Woody, Patchouli, Rum, Sweet, Warm Spicy.

Fragrance Notes
Virginia Cedar, Run, Patchouli, Dried fruits, Nutmeg, Musk, Vanilla, Amber, Jasmine.

 

If you are a strict Oud fan, just do not bother with this scent. But I LIKE WHAT I LIKE so I would go for this. This scent is not very loud, it is very much clingy but doesn’t show off too much.

This scent was first introduced to me by my brother. Oh, he didn’t have to speak. When my brother moved back after his undergrad, he moved into one of the empty rooms that was prepared for him, in Nigeria of course.

I noticed the scent at the airport but because this is such a skin scent, you would just like it and move on. We had to go to the gym the next morning and i went to see if he was awake and the ENTIRE ROOM smelled like Straight To Heaven and this was, 17+ hours plane ride, 4+ hours of unpacking and gisting, and 8+ hours of sleep later. Like, why would Kilian do this?

He used his body spray and prepared for the gym and the entire time, HE smelled like a god. LITERALLY, this perfume sticks comfortably close to the skin. It moulds and forms you and turns you into a sweet-smelling savor. It lives with you and you become it. I’m sorry but there is no other explanation.

kilian

Also I would like to marry the packaging for this perfume. So I’m getting a full bottle soon in celebration and I do not think I could write a better review.

Review 1

Imagine drinking brandy (to me i get brandy) or rum (if you believe the notes) in a saw mill. Wood chippings everywhere and booze.
That is straight to heaven. – Review Link

Review 2

You shot me! On the hospital operating table, they can’t contain me because the Light’s choir is singing my name. [this stuff is a poetry muse]. This is not a fragrance, it’s an experience – Review Link

Review 3

I generally like delicate florals, so this is not something I thought would be “me”. I initially thought Straight to Heaven “interesting” but not something I’d wear. However, for whatever reason, this is one of, if not THE, most compliment-drawing perfume I own, so something in it definitely agrees with me. Elegant on either sex, this starts boozy and gives way to a wonderful herbal melange. The patchouli is not overwhelming; it’s a very unique and balanced composition, one I have no similar perfume make comparisons with. – Review Link

Review 4

Full review – Review Link

 

Rating

Longevity: 5/5
Sillage: 3.2/5

 

I included one extremely feminine perfume and one mild unisex everyday perfume for perfect balance. When you wear oud as a woman, you’re not looking for love, you’re not looking for physical attraction, you’re not looking to be admired but respected, you’re looking to intimidate and this does the job. But occasionally, you wear one like, guess seductive when you’re out with your man, for a perfect play, perfect blend of both sexes,

With perfumes, you can be whoever you want to be. They speak for you when you cannot be bothered and that is what’s most alluring about fragrances.

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