Oud Shamash, The Different Company
The Different Company's perfectly fabulous Oud Shamash Eau de Parfum, one of the entries in the perfumery's Excessive Collection, is a scent that's about as impossibly elegant as a scent can be.
Launched in 2011 by legendary perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour this is an OUD that simply must be sniffed to be believed. Most perfumes boasting oud in their name don't contain a drop of it. Oud Shamash does, like its sister Oud for Love both evolved from an initial either/or proposal, but The Different Company's CEO loved them so much he asked Bertrand Duchaufour to develop the two.
Sourced by the perfumer in Laos, this oud is what gives all the other notes a rich, leathery patina, he explains, which marries well with musk. Though both are unisex, Oud Shamash is the drier one of the pair: a cedary, ambery blend with a strong patchouli chypre bent. The leather effect is sustained with saffron, which acts in the top notes while the oud seeps up from the base notes into the heart.
A warm blend bursting with natural ingredients, Oud Shamash wears like a dark, butter-smooth leather jacket. And might well have the same aphrodisiac effect.
The particulars: Saffron, cinnamon, pink pepper, davana, rum, Turkish rose, bay rum, cypriol, Laotian oud, cistus absolute, sandalwood, ambergris accord, woody and dry ambery notes, patchouli, leather accord, white musks, Bourbon vanilla, tolu balsam