In order to introduce these two fragrances I have to first introduce you to Oud, known to Asia and the Middle East for centuries has made its way to the European and American fragrance market in the last few years. Numerous high end fashion and fragrance lines now have some variation of "Oud". Tom Ford, Gucci, YSL are just some of the brand utilizing Oud in fragrances to produce something new to the western market.
It comes from the wood of the Southeast Asian Aguilaria tree, often just called "Agar Wood". When Aguilaria wood becomes infected with a specific type of mold, the tree reacts by producing a dark, scented resin, which is often called “liquid gold.” “Oud” is used to refer to both the resin-saturated wood and the oil distilled from it. Oud is very expensive and once per ounce can be worth more than or equal to gold. The reason oud is so expensive is its rarity; fewer than 2% of wild agar trees produce it. Experts claim that the very best oud comes from the oldest trees, which are even more scarce.
Gucci Oud came out in July of 2014 and it is announced is a unisex fragrance. It's rich, intense and the composition contains essence of 100% natural oud from Laos.
The bottle shares the same as the female Gucci fragrances but black and extremely elegant. It opens with pear, raspberry and saffron. The heart includes essences of Bulgarian rose and orange blossom, followed by the oriental base of oud, patchouli, amber and musk.
This is a fragrance that has intense depth and very sensual. The opening is absolutely remarkable. Very westernized oud of course, it has the aromatic incense oud feel and the rose notes are really beautifully captured in it. While labled a unisex fragrance and can be pulled off as such it does lean towards more feminine. On a women this is a masterpiece and a beast of a smell. It will project really strong, so no more than two sprays and you're ready to fill an entire room with your scent.
Launched in 2016 by Gucci is Intense Oud. An Oriental fragrance for both man and women, unisex as Gucci Oud and created by Aurelien Guichard. The fragrance features incense, woody notes, leather, amber, agarwood (oud) and olibanum.
The bottle shares the same as the masculine Gucci fragrance line as this one leans towards more masculine vice Gucci Oud leaning towards more feminine while both still remaining unisex. Personally I couldn't see this on a women and would be repelled away.
I wish I could love Gucci Intense Oud as much as the other but this fragrance just doesn't jive with my nose. At first the opening is extremely strong and feels very heavy incense at an old church like. The Oud in this is much stronger. While I don't enjoy it as much I've gotten compliments from it and been told it smells nice. It projects strongly, definitely a no more than 2 sprays fragrance as it can quickly fill a room and again it'll feel like you've been burning Oud incense. This one smells much more like middle eastern oud and less westernized as Gucci Oud did. It is potent while staying simplistic. I say it has a much more simple composition as opposed to Gucci Oud but Intense Oud is much more potent.
Both are very much niche fragrance offerings from Gucci. Gucci Oud wins between the two as I enjoy the rich composition much more. Highly recommend you test either one on skin as opposed to card. Would love to hear what your thoughts on these two are. Leave a comment below and let us know which you own or plan to experience for yourself.