The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

The Good, Bad and …Confused?!



It was a lovely Father’s Day weekend here in Washington DC.  The weather was incredible, just perfect for being outdoors, grilling, etc. It was such a nice weekend that I can tell that you I have found a new love.  No, I’m not cheating on my husband.  This new love is By Kilian’s Rose Oud.  I received some samples of Rose Oud upon my purchase of my other love, Incense Oud.  I’m happy to say that I finally had the chance to really wear this beauty.  What I love about this fragrance is that it’s understated and tasteful with a beefy richness that I have found few fragrances to have.

Rose Oud goes on boozy and with a blast of saffron and rose.  There is almost a plastic and artificial rubbery sensation to the scent at the beginning.  That sensation remains there throughout, however, it’s not as prominent as in the beginning and it’s not something that is disagreeable.  Rose Oud doesn’t transform much after the initial few minutes.  As it stands, the rose remains on top a long with a slight leather that sits below (when I say slight, it’s almost not recognizable).  There is something weighty about Rose Oud.  It feels substantial.  It almost gives you the feeling that you are wearing a garland of large and heavy fragrant roses around your neck.  It’s truly intoxicating, luxurious and perfect for a man.  Perfect, because there is nothing sweet about this rose.  It’s a floral scent without being too floral.  I want more and am ready to go full bottle (or at least the refill to decant myself).

Rose Oud Notes:

Turkish rose, oud, saffron, cardamom

  • Bone Rating: 5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Woody
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $395 for 50ml EDP


I finally made a blind buy that I just can’t stand.  I found a bottle of the discontinued Royal Pavillon by Etro on sale for an incredibly low price.  After reading the reviews from others and looking at the notes, I thought why not give it a try.  Actually the scent itself isn’t that bad, there’s just one note in there that really rubs me the wrong way.  I think it may be the jasmine that sits on top and provides me with some nauseum.  It is interesting though, as floral as this scent is, there is an underlying ingredient of civet and musk that give this floral a little dirt… but not enough dirt for me.  Funny thing is that my husband has taken ownership of this scent and has worn it all weekend.  I’m glad that it won’t go to waste!

Royal Pavillon Notes:

jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, violet and mimose; middle notes are vetyver, sandalwood and oakmoss; base notes are vanille, castoreum and civetta

  • Bone Rating: 2 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Woody Floral Musk
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: Varied from $40 to $100 for 100ml


The third aspect of this post as you might note, should not be “confused”, but should be “ugly”.  Sorry, I don’t have any ugly to report.  The confused is that I bought tickets to see Riverdance  because I told my husband that I always wanted to see Riverdance and this is the last US performance that will be in town.  So last night we go to the show at the lovely Wolftrap outdoor amphitheatre on a beautiful night (where I am feeling exceptionally fantastic in my trail of Rose Oud).  One act into the show, my husband turns to me and said,  “You know, we saw this same show about 5 years ago with some friends, here at the same venue.”  It then clicked in my head. Yes, we had.  Am I really getting that old and forgetful??  Tragic.  At least I smelled good and the show was phenomenal!  If you haven’t seen Riverdance, please go, the dancing and music is incredible!

Happy Father’s Day!

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

7 thoughts on “The Good, Bad and …Confused?!

  1. HA HA HA! I love that you were surprised by having seen a show already, though I am tortured that they haven’t changed the show in 5 years, was it exactly the same?
    I wish by Kilian was more affordable, I’d own most of them. Yum
    Portia xx


    • From my recollection, the show was exactly the same. But for some reason, I feel like it was better than the 1st time I saw it. No matter, it was still fun.

      As for the Kilian line. Yes, the pricing is prohibitive. That’s why I am thinking that I will get the refill for $185 vs. the $395 for the bottle and box. The price differential is crazy! Thanks for stopping by Portia!


  2. I have a sample of Rose Oud and every time I try it I go through the same phases: it opens unpleasantly on my skin but then when the first plustic-y/rubber-y scent disappears it becomes a very pleasant smell. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to live through that initial phase. I should try Incense Oud on skin: it smelled the best of all on paper but when I was at a store I had no skin RE left for testing.

    I like Riverdance. You probably go to a lot of different shows if you didn’t remember you’d been to that one already. Though personally when it comes to dance/ballet I do not mind watching the same show more than once. If you’re curious, here is my story about Riverdance and perfumes.


    • I wish I could say that my confusion came from seeing so many shows…but I can’t. I’m just addled. And I didn’t mind seeing it again. It was wonderful and I left wishing I had talent to dance like that… or at all! Your story was priceless… however, I don’t know if I would have split my seats without saying anything. Change of subject, I keep meaning to ask you since you are in San Fran, if you have ever smelled the Gumps home fragrance line and if so, what are your thoughts. I am so jealous that you live nearby that wonderful store! Steve


      • Well… I’m not exactly in SF, it’s a 30 minutes drive from where I live and work. I have to admit that in those four visits to Gumps that I undertook I was so overwhelmed with testing real perfumes that home fragrances were somewhere really far down on the priorities list. I remember smelling them but that’s it. Next time I’m there I’ll pay more attention and report back, I promise.


  3. Actually, I’m still waiting it out for “Riverdance on Ice”. I think that has some real promise to it. 🙂


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