One of things I love most about men’s grooming is perfumes. You need to appreciate all the work and sensibility that takes to produce a perfume.

A perfumier most of the times acquire their base notes by traveling and experimenting different fragrances from a variety of raw materials like fruit, leaves, flowers, etc.

But what makes a perfume so unique and luxurious? The rarity of the raw materials and the purity of the oils will make the perfume’s value.

For example OUD (Oudh), which is one of my favorite raw materials, and not surprisingly one of the most expensive ones. It is often sold for $7.000 dollars per pound.

Just so you can understand why Oud is so expensive, let me show you some info about it.

Oud comes from the Southeast Asian agar (aquilaria) tree wood. It is said that only 2% of those wild agar trees produce it.

“When the wood becomes infected with a particular 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 (the agarwood) as well as the oil distilled from it.” source:fortune.com

To create a luxury perfume, there are “timeless” working hours of mixing different scents and trying to find which one of those will turn to a unique fragrance.

Those perfumes are also made of the most pure concentration of oils termed Eau de Parfum and Extrait. Their oil concentration usually reach more than 10% to as high as 20%. Different from an Eau de Toilett that has only 5-8% of those oils.

That means, you will feel more of the fragrance for longer because of the richness of those essences.

I made a list of my favorite ones, starting with my favorite that I current use myself. (website’s product description)

Maison Francis Kurkdjian – Oud Satin Mood

NMC1UBC_auOUD satin mood, the latest introduction to our fabric inspired fragrance collection OUD mood, conveys the desire to bring a shimmering Orient to life. It is inspired by oud wood, a natural material that is amongst the rarest and most expensive in perfumery.

OUD satin mood Transported by the finesse of the violet accord, oud wood from Laos curls on contact with the rose essence from Bulgaria and the rose absolute from Turkey before softening when it encounters the rich vanilla-scented amber accord.

 Clive Christian – X for Men

NEy1i+QAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==X for Men Perfume Spray. Spicy Woody. Modern and mysterious with an attitude that crosses, yet respects, conventional perfumery. Presented in a black glass flacon with gold overlay to acknowledge the powerful and unconventional quality of this perfume.

Kilian – Incense Oud

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Creed – Aventus

ARVpH0g3+aSrAAAAAElFTkSuQmCCThe most popular fragrance ever created in the history of The House of Creed, Aventus is a fragrance for men-also adored by women-celebrating strength, power, vision and success.

Introduced in 2010-and crafted by the deft hand of Olivier Creed, sixth-generation master perfumer, in collaboration with his son, Erwin-Aventus is inspired by the dramatic life of a historic emperor who waged war, peace and romance with equal magnitude (always riding on horseback to victory).

TOM FORD – Soleil Blanc

NMC207M_muRemote private islands where summer lasts all year and one day seamlessly blends into the next inspire Soleil Blanc, an addictive solar floral amber alive with seductive refinement and refreshing decadence.

TOM FORD’s latest private blend creation unapologetically exudes the endless pursuit of sun and luxury that defines TOM FORD Soleil.

Bond No. 9 New York – Bond Silver

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We conceived of Silver Bond as a smooth, smoky, spicy blend of interlacing incense (a key scent of the ’60s), wood resin, and syrupy, seductive amber.

But just to complicate things, we gave it a heart of jasmine, iris, and violet, a scent that we are especially fond of.

These slightly dissonant florals combine to evoke a metallic effect that of warmed-up, molten silver, and then, for the merest hint of coolness, we threw in a handful of cedarwood.

Giorgio Armani – Rose D’Arabie L’Or Du Desert

3344790$productMain$Giorgio Armani presents Rose D’Arabie in a unique formula – fused with pure gold. The elusive gold flecks interlace with the classic Rose D’Arabie fragrance, hardly visible when static. Yet with the simplest movement, the magic of the desert unravels all over again.

Gold flecks rise and swirl like a veil of sand, shimmering down the transparent glass walls and rippling like desert winds.

Rose D’Arabie ‘L’or Du Desert’ edition leaves a delicious trail on the skin and wraps it in a subtle golden veil. A magical fragrance that captures the spirit and soul of the desert.

Dolce & Gabbana – Velvet Desert Oud

BeXwjoc0fsTsAAAAAElFTkSuQmCCLike a fragrant breeze blowing through the dunes of Middle Eastern deserts, Velvet Desert Oud floods the senses, permeating so quickly and so powerfully that the chase ultimately becomes an unconditional and comforting conquest.

The fragrance opens on a heady wave of incense, almost as if to forewarn: incense is the quintessential perfume of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern lands, intoxicating, permeating and seducing, with no hesitations.

A call to action heralding the rich smoky tones of the dark wood and mysterious deep amber notes that follow. Perception dissolves in the final celebration of the soft musky notes, leaving the hot, heady aroma of a successful conquest lingering on the skin.

Jo Malone London – Cologne Intense Oud & Bergamot

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Dior Eau – Sauvage Parfum

5z8etxEau Sauvage has remained undeniably modern since its creation in 1966. This sensual fragrance introduces a stylish, sophisticated take on the original citrus scent, featuring notes of myrrh, vetiver, and San Carlo bergamot.

With a distinct, natural style, Eau Sauvage Parfum exudes a dark, elegant magnetism that is sure to mesmerize.


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