Oud or agarwood, the provocative fragrance note has been solidly trending for the last three years. The demand for this enticing scent has cemented oud’s place in both mainstream and niche perfumes

Oud is derived from the Southeast Asian Agarwood tree, which forms a dark resin in order to protect itself from a specific strain of mold. Oud is then extracted from the resin, and blended into the heartwood.

Perfect for cold weather, oud has a distinctively woody, slightly animalic and rich scent. Oud’s warmth adds a whole new depth when combined with floral or spicy notes.

Now that we’ve got your interest piqued, take a look at these winter-perfect oud fragrances to try out:

MONTALE Wood & SpicesMONTALE Wood & Spices

If you’re looking to take baby steps with oud fragrances, try Montale’s Wood & Spices for a sensual fragrance that’s framed by a light, earthy green vetiver note as well as incense. The fragrance also features sandalwood that marries deliciously with the incense to create a mysterious, lingering scent.

JOHN VARVATOS John Varvatos Oud

Lovers of wood spiced with oriental notes will revel in Oud by John Varvatos. Varvatos’ scent pairs oud with saffron and leather. It’s woody and the leather note heightens this masculine vibe.


Characterized by a strong smoked woody scent, oud is naturally quite masculine, but JHAG’s perfumer Romano Ricci pairs this dominant note with flirty raspberry and delivers a scent with a strong masculine sturdiness and a juicy fruity undertone. Musk and ambroxan’s clean, crisp and powdery depth surround the oud note in the opening, and preventing it from being overpowering.


You’re already sexy, confident, and relaxed. Now it’s time to up your scent game.
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