I hate to do this because I know there are other threads out there - one even started by my after Luckyscent offered their Oud sampler.
I frankly have no idea where to start on my Oud journey...given the prices maybe I should just turn away and slowly walk away...or run!
The samples on the Agar Aura site are, relatively speaking, fairly reasonable and would allow me to pick and choose which oils to try...assuming I could decide which ones to sample. The sampler at Ensar Oud seems to offer a lot of variety but I don't know if I really need to try 8 different oils at a cost of $300.
Then there are the Oud named fragrances (maybe some of these contain Oud but they seem to only contain synthetic Oud.) I have tried a number of these such as M7 which was not to my liking, Creed Royal Oud which I like but contains no Oud and not bottle worthy IMO, a few Montales (Dark and Safron) and some others but I am starting to think that I need to sample the real thing.
So now where do I go? The fecal notes that some have associated with Oud is a bit disconcerting and scares my a bit...but the dry down often associated with Oud is what intrigues me.
It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that I have more fragrances then I know what to do with as it is...part of me wants to ignore Oud and just get some use out of the samples, decants and bottles I already have but I really think I'd miss exploring something if I did this.
Thoughts are welcome and appreciated!