Beauty, according to great thinkers, writers and artists lies in its contradiction: the unexpected union of light against dark. The contrast between two extremes can bring an exquisite harmony to the surface. “One is fruitful only at the cost of being rich in contradiction,” said Friedrich Nietzche. And it is this construct and surprise in its composition that gives Oud & Bergamot such an impressionable finish, manifesting in a scent so full of allure and mystery.
'Its olfactive effects are as powerful as its symbolism: a rich decadent scent that is smoky, sweet in its unmistakable characteristics'
Perfume and scent after all, is the most evocative of transporters, allowing us to return to forgotten memories, evoke a sense of place and even present ourselves in just the way we would want. Playwright Arthur Miller, said, “Can anyone remember love? It’s like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.” The power of an olfactive journey, carries you to places that live within the imagination and the recesses of our memory.
In Jo Malone London’s Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense, there is an instant juxtaposition of bergamot in its crisp clarity citrus notes veiled over the animalic dark textures of previous oud and the smoky dry intensity of cedarwood.. Oud, otherwise known as “the wood of the gods” is considered one of the most valuable commodities in the Perfume world.
Its value is so high, a kilo of this precious resin can be equal to the value of gold in the same quantity. In Middle Eastern culture, Oud is deeply embedded in religious rituals, and said to facilitate the connection between man and the divine. Its olfactive effects are as powerful as its symbolism: a rich decadent scent that is smoky, sweet in its unmistakable characteristics.
Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense is the modern marriage of the complex and simple, the intense and easy: a perfect balance of the complexities in modern life. The crisp sparkling bergamot notes offset the brambly notes of cedarwood at its heart and rich, insistent Oud at its base for a scent that is hypnotic, mysterious and alluring.