The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


Two from Brooklyn Perfume Company: Oud & Vetiver Eau Fraiche

WHAT I SMELL – OUD:  Oud’s opening kicks off with a soft and lightly sweetened grapefruit that quickly melds with a somewhat menacing leather.  There’s a heft of sexiness with the leather being slightly carnal without being funky or crude. After a little bit, a sweetened vanilla emerges with a layered sheen over the leather.  Here, the perfume continues its seductive path, but where it started off a bit masculine, it now embraces its feminine side.  Oud to me is less oud, but more of a sweetened wood.  The strong sensation of oud which usually dominates does not occur here. Instead, the perfume bounces between leather, vanilla and wood.  To me, this makes it the perfect perfume that can be worn for any occasion.  It would be perfect to wear when you’re feeling strong and seductive as the leather comes to the forefront letting anyone who enters your path will know that you mean business.  If you’re in the mood to be mysterious, the vanilla wood tinged with the smokiness of the leather will make you smolder with a quiet confidence.  In the end, a light floral component seems to weave in and out of the composition, adding just another incredible layer to what is an already incredible unisex beauty.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Seductive confidence ala Theo James.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE OUD:  captivating, self-assured, quietly bold


  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental
  • Nose:  James Peterson
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $150 for 30 ml eau de parfum

WHAT I SMELL – VETIVER EAU FRAICHE:  Vetiver stays true to its name with an opening of hay and dried grass which quickly moves to a sensation like that of grass that has been cut and left out in the sun to dry.   Not long after, a buzzing light sugar accord rests on top of the dried grass.  The perfume is a subtle and easy wear, although as time goes on, it does grow a bit in volume.  Vetiver’s woodiness is casual, yet elegant and is timeless in its beauty.  As a soliflore, Vetiver does not provide any twists or turns, instead it unfolds into a familiar and comforting ageless fragrance.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  summer dunes



  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Woody
  • Nose:  James Peterson
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $45 for 60 ml eau fraiche

BOTTOM LINE:  The perfumes in the Brooklyn Perfume Company line are simple beauties that don’t try to be anything but what they are; uncomplicated.  When it seems that twists and turns in a perfume are par for the course, it’s nice to have perfumes that don’t pretend they’re something they’re not.


Amber Oud by By Kilian

Oh my, an amber that didn’t work for me.  I have heard nothing but rave reviews about Amber Oud…but again, oh my.  First Amber Oud goes on sharp, it has a strong bite.  It’s the oud mixed with the bay leaves I am guessing.  I read from other reviews that this fragrance is sweet.  I’m not getting any sweetness whatsoever.  I was hoping that the vanilla would pop out to even out the sharpness of the scent.  It materializes slightly, but never to the point of cutting that edge.  After a bit, the sharpness dissipates and the scent retreats close to the skin.  That’s fine, but all day long all that I was smelling was a sour note.  And not even the amber warmed this for me.  I am truly disappointed, but I will be giving this one another chance.  Maybe it’s just my body chemistry! 😦

Amber Oud Notes:

Amber, oud, bay leaf, cedarwood, vanilla

  • Bone Rating: 2 out of 5 possible bones
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $395 for 50ml EDP