2 months ago
If you can get any of Aaron Terrence Hughes products he is a great way of getting in to niche Oud fragrances that he provides in both 10ml or 50ml making the entry price to a world of high quality fragrances that are on par with Xerjoff, Parfums De Marly and others that his fragrances are often compared to that usually costs hundreds down to less than £100 for the 10ml bottles, and as your collection grows you will realize that you don't need the 150 - 200ml bottles of everything because you will be rotating all the time. He makes them so smooth and easy to wear. He is known as a master chemist/perfumer of Oud.
Some of his most popular are
Hard Candy (2023)
Hard Candy Elixir
His new Oud Noir which is not listed on here at the moment smells a lot like PDM Haltane but better imo!
I love his new release Slut Élixir
They are not all Oud fragrances and he dabbled this year in creating more designer style fragrances to expand his profile with the likes of
Supernova which is very popular. I also like his Haze Extreme which uses the note profile of Aventus but instead of all these done to death clones he takes it and does his own thing and blew me away with it. Very nice for the summer.
One to add to your list of Xerjoff you should try is Join The Club - 40 Knots , i look at it as a fresh marine version of XJ 1861 Naxos
Another house that i love is Lorenzo Pazzaglia. This guy knows how to make fragrances that perform! Unfortunaley the notes in his fragrances that will blow you away are not fully listed on here for some reason but if you check out my review on Van Py Rhum i list the amount of vanilla in that fragrance so people get the idea of just how much goes in to his products. I think that one has every kind of vanilla you could think of, it smells fantastic!
My personal favourites are Van Py Rhum and Pax which is said to smell like Erba Pura which if you like you will probably enjoy Soprano it is a beautiful fragrance worth getting a sample of in a discovery kit to try out if you like those kinds of fragrances.
Have you tried any of the Spicebomb fragrances? Spicebomb Infrared Eau de Toilette is nice and have just released an EDP version of it also. Then there is Spicebomb Extreme which if you like XJ 1861 Naxos you will more than likely enjoy that a lot also.
Those are just some to think about.
Hope it helps.