A regal and opulent fragrance
Ard Al Zaafaran, a Dubai-based fragrance manufacturer, has emerged as a notable player in the world of affordable scents. While prices may fluctuate based on location, their fragrances are often available at remarkably low costs online, particularly on platforms like Amazon or eBay. Despite the budget-friendly price tags, this house is steadily gaining recognition in the fragrance community, thanks to the surprising combination of quality and longevity found in their creations. Notably, Ard Al Zaafaran has made a mark with well-regarded “clones,” including this one, offering a comparable scent profile to popular originals but at a significantly more accessible price point.
Exploring the Aesthetics: Ard Al Zaafaran Oud 24 Hours
Available for under £20 in the UK, this fragrance offers a pleasant surprise with its presentation and bottle design. The box showcases clear Arabic, ornamental styling, providing an intriguing visual appeal. Regardless of your preference for the black and gold color scheme, the bottle exudes a sense of weightiness and sturdiness, complemented by a mist spray that delivers an adequate distribution. As an added bonus, the fragrance includes a 50 ml deodorant with a similar scent profile, leaning slightly towards dark chocolate notes. While not delving into the details of the deodorant in this review, it’s a thoughtful addition that makes a noticeable impact upon initial application, even though its longevity is relatively short-lived.
The Symphony of Notes: Unveiling the Fragrance
Top Notes: Jasmine, Gardenia, Blackcurrant, Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarin, Tuberose.
Heart Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Incense, Amber, Chocolate, Vanilla.
Base Notes: Dark chocolate, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot.
This fragrance has gained recognition within the fragrance community for resembling Tom Ford Black Orchid, with a slight shift toward a more masculine essence, notably through the incorporation of additional bergamot.
The pure lust evoked by its dark chocolate and spicy sweetness sets it apart from many fragrances, providing a distinct, mature, and intriguing experience. Oud 24 Hours earns commendation, considering the significance of Black Orchid in Tom Ford’s lineup and the exceptional creation it represents. Despite being a clone, Oud 24 Hours, typically priced at under £20, delivers an incredible fragrance. It allows wearers to exude a more expensive aura, making it a viable option for those who appreciate the aroma of Black Orchid but seek a budget-friendly alternative. The nuanced differences between the two fragrances may require a keen familiarity with Black Orchid’s development and scent nuances or a direct comparison to discern.
A Fragrance With Heft: Performance and Longevity
I’ve extensively tested this fragrance both at home, on dates and on a couple of occasions in the office. My spraying routine, comprising three sprays (two behind each ear and one to the back of the neck), proved ample. It’s advisable not to go overboard; three to four sprays, at most, is suffice. From the initial spray, this fragrance exhibits impressive longevity, lingering and effortlessly filling a room.
In terms of projection, during the first two hours, whether sprayed on skin or clothing and even from a distance, it undoubtedly commands attention. People in close proximity, be it next to your desk or on public transport, will continue to catch noticeable whiffs after the initial two hours. As time progresses, transitioning into a skin scent after about six hours, the fragrance maintains a pleasing level of performance. Overall, I’m highly satisfied with its longevity and projection.