For Thierry Wasser, every journey is an invitation to poetry, each encounter a source of inspiration. Following on from Santal Royal and Ambre Éternel, the master perfumer is continuing to expand his oriental perfume collection with Oud Essentiel: the Wood of the gods.

Extremely precious, oud is known in Asia under several names, oud that you inhale in whiffs of incense, oud that enchants and enthrals, oud that is pure fragrance gold in the Orient. Today still, it is regarded as one of the favoured ingredients in perfumery and permeates hair and clothing in the Middle East. With Oud Essentiel, Thierry Wasser is celebrating oriental perfumery, from Oman to Vietnam, through India, Laos and Cambodia.

Oud Essentiel: An oud distinguished by freshness, a rare and refined raw ingredient, with a hint of spice that evokes the red gold of the caravanserais.



A saffron note and geranium meet to compose the top note of this woody and leathery accord. Cedar and very green rose deeply combine, exuding a fresh and warm fragrance. A sense of enchantment is then created by a leather note paired with the strength of gaiac wood. Finally, the smooth and dry amber accord reveals a precious facet of this fragrance, which is strong and sensual.

After amethyst for Ambre Éternel and black for Santal Royal, Oud Essentiel shines in a refined green bottle adorned with a luminous label reminiscent of the wooden lattices of the Middle East, set off with an elegant green and golden ribbon.

Photos: Courtesy of Guerlain and Inez and Vinoodh for Vogue Arabia

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