Echoing life’s most vivid and celebrated experiences shaped by moments of tribulation and strength, Silver Oud is an olfactive depiction of Stendhal’s 19th-century French novel, The Red and the Black, and its intelligent and ambitious protagonist, Julien Sorel. Paying tribute to the House’s signature storytelling tradition, Cécile Zarokian brings Silver Oud to life in a woody ambery Eau de Parfum that showcases the most precious Oud in all its glory.
Inspired by the themes expressed in The Red and the Black, particularly the notions of Confusion, Passion and Destruction, Silver Oud is a manifestation of the tension between idealism and realism, the contradiction between thinking and feeling, and the power of mimetic desire.
Opening with Patchouli Molecular Distillation, Cypriol Oil, and Virginia Cedar Oil, confusion lies in the lack of an expected top note. Instead, a wide variety of woods come to the fore, announcing a deep evolution. At the heart of the creation, an exquisitely rich quality Oud Assam Oil dances in unison with a deep Vanilla (Madagascar) Absolute as a beautiful duo of contrasts. Meanwhile, Ambrarome, Birch Oil, Guaiac Wood Oil, and Castoreum leave dark sillage imprints on the skin, the smoky woods blending together in an endless finale.