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Oud Palao by Diptyque: Oriental and French chic

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Oud Palao is everything that I wanted from a predominately Oud/Rose fragrance and so much more. Oud Palao takes one of the more dynamic approaches in the realm of Westernized-Middle-Eastern splendor. What we have here, is just not skanky woods, doused with rose, but loads of; tobacco, honey, rum, vanilla, oud, and lastly, a lush, damp rose to top it off. That’s not all, patchouli and camphor play a harmonious few moments in this symphony of notes, I get smokiness undertones, as if, the woods in Oud Palao are smoldering, the second I smelled a chocolate-laced greenness, I thought of patchouli. O.P. is quite busy in the first 10-20 minutes, all of the notes peek their head out, not too long after applying, but quickly settles into a tobacco, rose, oud, patchouli concoction, with vanilla adding just enough sweetness.

There’s this ultra-luxurious aspect to Oud Palao, it’s everything that would embody a fragrance worn by Arab royalty in the Middle East, but a bit more chic. It’s bodacious, but low-key at the same time, it’s rich, yet subdued, I could imagine this being the signature scent of a young Arab man, with Parisien sensibilities, this fragrance is familiar to him, but not as ostentatious as what he’s experienced at home and the world over..

In the dry down, the labdanum, vanilla, and sandalwood takeover the show. There’s still this, smoky, or burnt effect as a whole, which I adore, but I would say the composition turns woody and vanillic on my skin. Despite its oriental facets, Oud Palao is wearable, and could be a signature scent for the right kind of person.


Hi I am Narada! I discovered my love for all things fragrant after two years of living in France and running out of my sole bottle of cologne that I took with me, YSL L'Homme. Probably the greatest place on earth to run out of your signature scent. I tried to visit every perfumerie from Spain, all the way to Hungary. So, many of my reviews, stories and shorts may reference my travels. Enjoy!

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