In 2009, Van Cleef & Arpels Haute Parfumerie stepped out with a range sublimating emblematic essences. That is how Collection Extraordinaire, a range of monofloral compositions and a cologne, came about. Today, a new chapter has been added to this wonderful story. Following on from the great classics, the timeless foundations of the collection, a?free form?? piece glorifying Oud essence has been created.
The new opus, Precious Oud, pays homage to a mythical essence. The aquilaria, an Asian or Indian tree, actually only reveals its powerful scent via the infection of the wood by a fungus. A magi-like essence alongside frankincense and myrrh, the fragrant Oud resin, woody and balsamic, adds earthy and leathery accents.
The perfumer Amandine Marie has chosen to interpret Oud essence and associate it with flowers. The top note is bright and sparkling bergamot set off with pink peppercorn whilst already hinting at the tonality of the perfume with the scent of opulent incense. The heart note is a vibrant bouquet of the most beautiful flowers – sensual jasmine accompanied by tuberose. If not the queen of perfumery, then the tuberose could very well be the empress with its bewitching, divinely heady scent. There is a woody note of patchouli, and the base notes open up, opulent, rich and precious, surrounding the mythical Oud with the woody notes of sandalwood and vetiver and enveloping it in accents of amber.
With its warm and sensual sillage, Precious Oud embodies the new opus of Collection Extraordinaire. A perfume with character, it has paved the way for new inspiration, totally free art where only the most noble, precious materials are given pride of place and the guiding principle is excellence.