A user-friendly (or perhaps, starter?) oud, Aoud Gourmet, while heavy on the fruit, shares the velvety element Montale made such good use of in Aoud Velvet, keeping it from straying too far into the fruit-salad zone, but only just. It’s as if the perfumer wondered, “How would a red Jolly Rancher smell with some Arab flare?” It is decidedly sweet, and if I had my way, I would change the name from Aoud Gourmet to the more appropriate, Aoud Candy-Shop.
Like the other fragrances that come to mind when I wear this, AG is a fun, easy to wear take on the most popular note from 2011. I don’t see a bottle in my future, but I’d happily keep and use one if it landed on my doorstep. 🙂