The Aoud by Pierre Mancera for Mancera 2011

Hiya All,

I have the best friends in the world. we had a BarBQ get together yesterday with a few of them and I was given a bottle of The Aoud by my mate Alice who has just returned from the UK recently. She was down shopping in Selfridges fragrance floor and the Mancera SA was so good at her job, and Alice so overwhelmed by the incredible amount of choice, that in next to no time Alice was buying herself and me a bottle each of different frags in the line. I’m not sure what Alice got for herself but The Aoud by Mancera is a winner. Don’t go to the Mancera website, it has no information, is totally annoying to navigate and doesn’t even tell you about their fragrances other than 3 of them. GRRRR! So bloody unhelpful and this lack of information only hinders us blogging perfume enthusiasts that like to go see what is what. Even more terrible for shoppers I think.

Fragrantica has this to say:
Perfumer Pierre Mancera opened his first Mancera luxurious perfume boutique at Place Vendo in Paris. Mancera perfumes are made from precious and luxurious ingredients, rare and refined materials, inspired by Art Deco design.

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The fragrance features accords of: Geranium, sandalwood, saffron, incense, rose, agarwood (oud), leather and ambergris.

On opening the beautifully presented package with its shiny gold, very Arabian feeling, embossed cardboard box there is a gold drawstring pouch with the Mancera M in black repeated. It is a luxurious first glimpse and I like the feeling. The 60ml bottle is hefty and simple. Fits beautifully in my hand and the screw cap is a nice touch meaning the bottle is hand or gym bag ready without the worry of cap loss and self spraying of atomiser. V Important.

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I love the opening medicinal notes, they are refined and luxurious. The oudh is noticeable right at the start as a warm, earthy, horse apple, green and grassy waft that lasts through the fragrance but it’s not toxic or heavy like many of the Arabian style of oudh. It is airy and fresh. The geranium adding a bright counterpoint and the sandalwood giving its buttery smoothness almost immediately. Oudh, geranium and sandalwood are triumphant kings through the story of this fragrance for me, their characters working in tandem and against each other to keep The Aoud interesting and unusual. Though rose is a featured note it doesn’t play heavily here, more a light accompaniment with the leather, saffron and incense. At about the 1.5-2 hour mark I start getting a lovely salty beach/sea water smell that I think may be The Aoud by Mancera’s ambergris. A fragrance of many colours, light and shade, an adventure in a bottle, subtle, alluring; I am running out of cliches to describe something far from cliched; even with the completely overwhelming amount of oudh on the market this is different and extremely wearable. No problem wearing anywhere except a strict no fragrance policy or close quarters work environment. The Aoud has good sillage but is not a skunker unless you are extremely lavish with your application, scent bubble around one meter maximum after the first hour.

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See how bright and new, sleek and lovely this trireme looks, The Aoud by Mancera has a kind of freshness about it that makes me think sea journey in a newly hewn ship with livestock in the hold for food and riding, naked, muscular slaves and the ever present smell of salt water on the cool breeze, but on the deck it would be warm and fragrant, and we of course would be in charge.

UniversalPerfumes&Cosmetics has 120ml/$130
Selfridges in the UK also has a selection in 60 & 120ml

Thanks for coming and spending a moment at APJ, see you tomorrow,
Portia xx

23 comments on “The Aoud by Pierre Mancera for Mancera 2011

  1. laniersmith says:

    Salty naked muscular slaves did you say? I am on board and fanning you with a ostrich fan with just that image. What a lovely gift you have from your friend Alice gave you. You do indeed have great friends. And this fragrance sounds absolutely right up my alley! I am going to have to look for it on my next voyage downtown….get those slaves rowing! Ramming speed boys!

  2. sinnerman01 says:

    Love a heavy medicinal opening ! It always blows away the cob webs , I have read these openers can scare some people away , this sounds wonderful , Geranium would be a beautiful matching !
    As they sing “you got to have friends……. ” lucky duck

  3. Jordan River says:

    Just what I need to know about, a Oud that was not on the radar! Great review.

  4. Alice says:

    It sounds like you quite like it? 🙂

  5. Undina says:

    Enjoyed your review but, in general, I’m not a big agarwood fan so I don’t think I pursue this perfume.

    • Thanks Undina. I really like it and caught a woman wearing some oudh at the NSW Art Gallery while wandering looking at the pictures. It was a good surprise but not the place to ask, unfortunately. I would never have picked her as a Fumie by her look but she was wearing the full on punch in the nose oudh. He He. She had a space around her.
      Portia x

  6. killerrabbit says:

    I want to smell like a new tireeme! what a fantastic review and its good to know it isn’t ridiculously expensive

  7. Dionne says:

    Like killerrabbit said, nice to see a line that’s not uber-expensive. So is this where I admit I’ve only smelled one oud fragrance, and that was a sample sent by Dee? There’s a stubborn part of my soul that resists if something is TOO big of a fad, not sure why I’m like that. Of course, oud may turn out like Harry Potter – I waited until the fifth book to find out what all the fuss was about, discovered it was a rightful fuss, and devoured the first four books in one evening. It would serve me right if oud was the Harry Potter of the perfume world.

    • I think we can safely assume that Oudh is The Hunger Games of the perfume world. Made for the Harry Potter readers who have grown up just a little bit, their parents and their younger siblings.
      It starts at by Kilian and ends up at Enser. Oudh really is perfume crack Dionne.
      Portia xx

  8. poodle says:

    You’re lucky to have friends like that. That was really nice of her.

  9. Orpheus75 says:

    Based on your review i have ordered a bottle! Love aoud fragrances. The packaging sounds like this could be Montale in a new guise/label??

  10. It’s a friendlier rose Oudh friendship than the Montale but more intimidating that Juliette Has A Gnu.
    I hope you like it, come back and report please,
    Portia cc

  11. Orpheus75 says:

    Should get the bottle sometime next week. It isn’t available in South Africa from normal retailers, so i had to order it via an importer. Will defnitely give my feedback once i get it. Btw, looove your well written and intelligent website!

  12. Orpheus75 says:

    Just received my bottle! And although i am wearing Lalique’s Encre Noir today, i couldn’t resist spraying some of the Aoud on my wrists. The first impression is an immediate blast of oud, but instead of being heavy and overpowering, it gets lifted by the geranium which gives it an interesting nuance, before the sandalwood joins the party.

    Faint smell of rose coming through but the rose, incense, leather forms a distant wall of fragrance with the oud, geranium and sandalwood being the defnite stars of the show. A rich, mysterious interplay.

    A complex and interesting fragrance, finally an oud fragrance that is supple and nimble enough for daywear or the office. But make no mistake, still packs a punch. My new favorite oud. Much more refined than Montale and a lot more powerful than Juliet has a Gun. Would recommend. You defnitely will stand out!

  13. Orpheus75 says:

    can’t wait to read your next review! xxx

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