Oud Ispahan by Francois Demachy for DIOR 2012

Hiya Scent-ualists,

A few weeks ago I was trolling around Facebook Fragrance Friends, a site mainly dedicated to the chat about what you’re wearing and how it is, who else has it, all sorts of great stuff for the fragrance junkie. It’s also a place where people do splits. I’ve never done one before so it was a totally new experience for me. One of the girls bought a huge bottle of Oud Ispahan (way too much to use in this lifetime) and we were allowed order 10 ml for the very reasonable price of 10 quid including postage!! From the UK! So, of course I was all over that like mould on cheese. It arrived on Friday and I have been spritzing away like crazy.

Oud Ispahan Dior for women and menPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these notes:
Top: Labdanum
Heart: Patchouli
Base: Sandalwood, rose and agarwood (oud)

Photo Stolen indonesianagarwoodoud

How does it wear on me? I find Oud Ispahan to be soft, subtle and skin scent-ish; a barely there whisper of grandeur harking back to the Arabian perfumery through 21st century processes. It is quietly tenacious, lasting well over 8 hours on me, and almost linear to my nose unless I am concentrating continuously. There is a journey but not in a grand adventure way. The bright and warm opening whispers sibilantly like a  secret, in a very human almost bed breath way. I think this the softest and cleanest oud accord I’ve smelled yet; like it’s been washed and dressed for company and it rumbles through the whole fragrance life. Now smelling of breath, leather, flesh but all very indoors, captured, domesticized and polished. While the amber/vanilla/patchouli are playing around at the party, I can’t really separate them because of my lack of knowledge but they are all outshone by the incredible heart of rose that everything else here hangs off. It’s like the rose is holding court and all else are bit players, but keeping with the theatrical theme, this rose is Machiavellian. It slides in and around giving a spicy, peppery, sparkly, lemony, fruity rose it is one rose of a thousand faces and facets. My nose thinks it has her pinned and vamoose, gone! replaced by something akin but subtly different.

Due to the awesome staying power of Oud Ispahan I can’t tell when it finally takes its leave but my head tells me that real dry down is an amber/oud sheer layer of extra lovely translucence that makes me smell subtly more desirable. Well, subtly more desirable to TSO Jin. I’ll be smiling all day.

Photo Stolen Ispahan.com

1000Fragrances does his usual excellent job of reviewing and PerfumeShrine does a super pre-release geography, accord and history lesson. Both are well worth looking up for interesting data.

I hope you are lucky enough to get to try DIOR’s Oud Ispahan. I like it a lot; it’s classy, beautiful, long lasting, sexy and interestingly it has good sillage. I can smell it in a room that I’ve vacated and come back to 15 minutes later.
SurrenderToChance starts at $3/ml but 5ml is only $12 and that is a great size to really get to know it. Of my 10ml I gave 3ml to a mate and have about 3ml left.  This will definitely become a full bottle when I get to a counter.

Have you tried Oud Ispahan? Any of the Couturier Collection? How do you rate them?

Thanks for dropping by, and/or leaving a message. I am so happy and grateful that you do. Have a lovely day, till tomorrow,
Portia xx
PS The video below has nothing to do with Oud Ispahan, it’s just a lovely DIOR mini movie for Miss Dior Winter 2012

14 comments on “Oud Ispahan by Francois Demachy for DIOR 2012

  1. laniersmith says:

    Now that, THAT was a great review Miss Portia. And it sounds like you have fallen in love. I don’t blame you one bit. It sounds s’wonderful! I adore the video for Miss Dior, Mila is reminding me a bit of Claudia Cardinale and Natalie Wood! Lovely and very La Dolce Vita.

  2. Dionne says:

    I saw the split for this going over at FFF and didn’t heed it much – it’s not my style to buy unsniffed – but now you’ve got me wondering if I should have jumped in! Great review, Portia.

  3. MariaA says:

    Hey Portia, I took part in that split too, and I have fallen in love as well. Wonderful perfume, DIOR does it for me too!! It has amazing staying power, projection, silage, you name it, I sprayed half a spritz when I got it at the tip of my finger and it smelled divine all those notes…. After 8 hours and having washed my hands many times in between my finger still smelled OUD Ispahan. For me it will be a must this winter (now it is scorching hot in Greece) but I am not sure I will be able to wash it of my clothes afterwards!!!
    Never the less I love it!

  4. Is that Mila Kunis? I love her such a great choice for Dior.

  5. Finding the La Collection Couturier fragrances here in the US is nearly impossible. I haven’t checked any of the line out, but keep wanting to. Maybe this just may make me? Thanks for the lovely review P. And I really need to check out this Facebook site! xoxox Steve

  6. Undina says:

    I will get to try it eventually (I love this line – you know :)) but since I’m not a huge agarwood fan in general I’m not in a hurry. But I’m glad that you’re enjoying you decant. FFF is a really nice place.

  7. poodle says:

    I’m not a Facebook person. It sounds like you found a winner in that split though. This sounds wonderful but it’s probably hard to find so I won’t be sniffing it anytime soon. Maybe on my next sample order I’ll give it a try. I’m late to the oud party so I’m not burnt out on the scent yet like a lot of folks seem to be.

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