In the fragrance world, oud perfumes are a bit like marmite; you either can’t get enough or you’re not a fan at all.
For the lovers out there, the rich, decadent aroma gets the senses tingling. As well as oozing luxury with every spritz, oud perfumes fill the air with an allure that cannot go unnoticed. That being said, it's not uncommon for some to find oud's intensity a little overpowering.
At Cosmetify, we’re always in the mood for oud. And here’s the thing – we think everyone should be able to enjoy the oud experience. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and hand-picked the absolute best oud perfumes for women, covering all blends and all budgets.
So, what exactly is oud?
Historically, oud perfumes have been the number one choice in Middle Eastern, Japanese and Indian cultures. Taken from the wood of agar trees, its intricate extraction process helps rank it as one of the most prestigious and expensive perfume ingredients around. It's renowned for its warm, woodsy, incense-like scent, and with a single millilitre of pure oud oil priced in the thousands, it makes sense why these perfumes often boast a hefty price tag.
Whether you're an OG oud worshipper or simply here to see what oud can do for you, our round-up promises to delight all types of senses. Keep scrolling to explore the best oud perfumes.
We’re starting strong with one of our favourite fragrance houses of all time, Kilian. Musk Oud is smooth, sweet and seductive. Combining syrupy rose and geranium petals with silken musk and spices, it’s a top-tier oud perfume worth adding to your collection.
Next up is an offering from cult-favourite fragrance brand, Creed. Rich and woody, Royal Oud is elegance in a bottle. An oud, frankincense and guaiac wood base is fused with fresh and citrus notes to create a majestic, sophisticated scent that’s perfect for both women and men.
Contrary to what the name might suggest, this perfume is not just another oud. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. This deep and woody fragrance blends oud wood with raspberry, bergamot and musk for a unique perfume that invites the senses on a journey.
With oud at the forefront of this genderless fragrance, you can expect the compliments to roll in. Byredo utilises the traditional exotic wood to create a scent that’s both sensual and spiritual.
Meet Aoud Café. It’s a complex coffee fragrance, blending a refined oud with amber and vanilla notes. It’s rich but never sweet or heavy. And it’s one of Mancera’s most sought-after scents, meaning it's rightfully earned a spot in our line-up of best oud perfumes for women.
Powered by a reimagined blend of traditional Eastern ingredients, this modern unisex fragrance is deep, sensual and unmistakably Gucci. Enjoy the woodsy oud notes, along with leather, incense and amber accords.
Boast that you’re wearing the rarest, exotic and most expensive ingredients in perfumery with this exciting Tom Ford fragrance. Stacked with oud wood, this smoky scent projects notes of rosewood, cardamom, sandalwood, vetiver, amber and tonka bean for a super sultry aroma that’s perfect for date night.
Spice up your fragrance arsenal with Acqua Di Parma. Here, the opulent scent of oud is combined with warm and spicy tones of cinnamon and cloves, then heightened with a vibrant mix of citrus notes for a fire finish.
Indulge senses in the mysterious power of oud from Malaysia. Harmonising a subtle violet and patchouli heart with the richness of spices, bergamot and white musk, it’s one of the best oud perfumes for her on the market. Grab it now while it’s on offer to upgrade your fragrance wardrobe for less.
Disclaimer: if you love a sweet scent then Floris Honey Oud is about to go straight into your basket. Featuring English honey, vanilla, rose and, of course, the traditional oud oil, this complex fragrance unfolds on the skin and dries down to a gorgeous gourmand finish.
Inspired by the colour white, Oud Blanc sets out to give off pure, soft and perfectly balanced vibes. Composed of white musks, tender rose and a creamy base of vanilla, it’s a much airier take on the typical rich and woody oud scent. This is hands down one of the best oud perfumes for women, and one that your special lady would appreciate as a gift.
What’s a perfume round-up without a mention of Jo Malone? This cologne puts damask rose at the forefront, and oud simply lends its smokiness to give the scent some oriental decadence. If you’re new to the world of oud, this is a great option to open up your senses!
Not only will these perfumes make you smell like a million bucks, but they'll make you feel like it too. We don't know about you, but we're all about our signature scent exuding those expensive, 'old money' vibes. However, if we can't tempt you with a good oud, then be sure to check out 15 of the Best Vanilla Perfumes for Women that are sure to have you smelling just as yummy.
Written by Carly Cochrane
As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing.