At Oudistenstrand Part 1 or Paragraph 291 Criminal Code
I'm not the big oud aficionado, but now I take a little trip to the oudist beach and report about my observations. The tested fragrances are randomly selected and do not claim to be representative of any kind. This would also be a difficult undertaking, given the real flood of oud fragrances that has flooded the market in recent years.
I would like to start with London Oud from Fragrance Du Bois. This scented house is obviously not named after a Dubois family, but is a play on words - "du bois" = "from the forest". The company is specialized in woody and in particular oudige smells. It has its mailbox in Paris, boutiques in about 2 dozen cities around the world, mainly in Europe (but not Germany), Arabia and East Asia, especially where it's expensive (Geneva, Singapore and so on). It is not so easy to find out where the shed actually has its roots. I'm guessing the Arabian Peninsula.
London Oud no longer costs 695 Euros per 100 ml bottle, but is now available online from the manufacturer for a ridiculous 565 Euros (someone says that everything is getting more and more expensive), so we're talking about a real bargain. If you consider that a typical 3 ml tester ("I'll pack you some more samples") has a retail value of about 20 euros and four sprayers behind your ears and on your wrist (i.e. a daily dose of this drug) and a street price of about 5 euros, that's quite remarkable
What sets me apart from most of the previous glossators here is that I actually perceive oud in this fragrance. But one thing at a time. Right at the beginning I am surrounded by a fine fresh and quite pleasant cloud of mint and lavender, which remains dominant over long distances. In it, however, a quite co-dominant stink note, which becomes somewhat plastic-like at the very beginning and then piercing, mixes, which I at least perceive as an oud. In view of the widespread opinion that this scent hardly smells of oud and my little oud experience, I also consider that vetiver, cardamom, patchouli or something from the lab ("do something stinky about it") are also part of the game
So it goes back and forth for a while, until after 4 hours at the latest (shelf life and sillage moderate, shelf life especially moderate, vice versa would be better) the end sets in, in which the unisexual (I wouldn't want to talk about unisexy) lavender-mint direction has changed into the citric-woody spicy standard men's scent correctly described by Angua, but the oud cardamom stink counterpoint continues. Here one could classify the fragrance as "stinkoudig accentuated standard men's fragrance like a thousand others". The oud then disappears and after 6 to 7 hours everything sounds out, already extremely close to the skin, in any male wort.
What I agree with all the previous speakers is that the price can only be taken as a joke. But even if there are (admittedly mostly very old) people who fall for the trick "Hello, this is the police, their possessions are in danger. Please immediately put all your cash and valuables in a plastic bag outside your front door and don't look out of the window. We'll send some people by to keep things safe for you", so why shouldn't London Oud also find buyers?