This is the continuation of the thread: https://www.ouddict.com/threads/my-first-oud-experience.1200/ I am starting a new one because as dear and respected Rai Munir pointed out once it’s no longer first encounters for me with the olfactory heaven of oud, and I’ve been posting my experiences with other than oud aromatics as well. So it seems appropriate to make a new thread with a different title. Disclaimer: Perception of scents is in my humble opinion quite subjective/individual matter. No words or pictures can objectively and completely express the beauty and complexity of natural fragrances so that it’s somehow passed to another person’s mind. Without further ado... Indonesian Vetiver (by RoyalBengalOuds) Indonesian Vetiver opens up for me nutty, celery, rooty, and warm. When applied and smeared around my forearm it transforms quickly to more refined, rich, sophisticated aroma with vast palette of nuances. Perfume-like. Sweet citrus fruits filled with delightful sunshine. Sweet, woody, balsamic. Balsamic in a way sandalwood oils can be. For me it appears best not to sniff it directly/close to skin, but from a distance, then it's easier to explore the whole spectrum of pleasing fragrant details. After some time the classic vetiver heart is emerging. It reminded me of Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. But it's way better of course! Very classy, very beautiful. At some point it maybe even becomes a bit minty in a patchouli way. For sure this is not a boring monotonous fragrance, it evolves and sparkles like a fireworks festival. The drydown after a few hours is amazing and quite addictive, fresh, zesty, citrusy, woody, vetivery! In a way it’s a tad like an oud oil, complex and pleasing the senses. The longevity is great. The best vetiver fragrance I’ve tried so far. Note: I think that the opening and sniffing it directly from the bottle might be disappointing for some people who have no previous experiences with pure vetiver oils, because one might smell something reminiscent of the peanut aroma and thinking to himself: that’s it, the end. But nope! Don’t be discouraged, apply and just wait a bit, and you shall be rewarded! I’m thinking that perhaps the process of jumping from nutty smell to complex delightful vetiver could be speeded up with diluting it to lower concentrations. But I’m yet to experiment with it further.