Kayali Oudgasm Review: All 4 Fragrances Ranked and Reviewed

Kayali Oudgasm Review

Welcome to my Kayali Oudgasm review!

Oud can be a very polarizing note, many people either love it or hate it. Kayali’s goal with the Oudgasm collection is to bridge that gap and create a line of fragrances that captures the essence of oud while remaining approachable to a wide audience.

I’ve tested, reviewed, and ranked all four fragrances in the Kayali Oudgasm collection. At one point in the process, I even had all four on at once (not recommended 😄).

Let’s take a look at the Oudgasm collection!

Kayali Oudgasm Reviews


Kayali Oudgasm Vanilla Oud | 36

Kayali Oudgasm Vanilla Oud

Kayali Oudgasm Vanilla Oud
Overall
83%
Scent
100%
Longevity
60%
Versatility
100%
Value for Money
70%

Kayali Vanilla Oud is a very safe introduction to oud.

This is a smooth, musky vanilla fragrance with a hint of oud.

Vanilla Oud is versatile and easy to wear.

What Does Vanilla Oud Smell Like?

Kayali Vanilla Oud opens with sweet notes that strongly remind me of Eilish (which I love). I don’t pick up on the pear or rose notes at all, I get a strong vanilla and saffron opening, with the oud making a quick appearance. As Vanilla Oud dried down, the soft woody notes began to appear along with the oud, with the vanilla staying strong throughout.

Kayali Vanilla Oud is a very safe oud fragrance. Oud can be a very challenging note to enjoy, but here it is very subtle and inoffensive. This is a great option if you are looking to try an oud fragrance for the first time, as it is a very wearable oud.

This is very much a smooth, musky vanilla fragrance with a hint of oud. I give Vanilla Oud first place in the collection due to its ease of wear and likeability.

  • Top Notes: Praline, Saffron, Pear
  • Middle Notes: Bulgarian Rose
  • Base Notes: Vanilla Sugar, White Musk, Cashmere Wood, Oud, Oakmoss

Performance & Versatility

The longevity of Vanilla Oud is on par with most Kayali fragrances, with about 5 hours on skin. Vanilla Oud isn’t a strong projecting fragrance, making it very versatile and safe to wear in all settings and for any occasion. 

✓ Pros

  • Safe introduction to oud
  • Very nice blend of vanilla and oud
  • Versatile

✗ Cons

  • Some report smelling a plastic note
  • Higher price than other Kayali fragrances


Kayali Oudgasm Café Oud | 19

Kayali Oudgasm Cafe Oud

Kayali-Cafe-Oud
Overall
83%
Scent
100%
Longevity
60%
Versatility
100%
Value for Money
70%

Kayali Cafe Oud is a complex blend of coffee, citrus, and rose notes.

This is another safe introduction to oud, as the oud note is very subtle.

The coffee note is not strong in Cafe Oud, the rose note stands out stronger in the dry down.

What Does Cafe Oud Smell Like?

Kayali Café Oud opens with a beautiful blast of coffee, citrus, and rose notes. This opening is amazing, it reminds me of the chocolate oranges that come out around Christmas.

As Café Oud dries down, the coffee and citrus notes become more subtle as the rose note takes over, with the patchouli becoming more prominent as well. I find the oud note to be very faint in this one, barely noticeable.

Café Oud takes second place, as even though I am not a fan of many rose fragrances, I very much enjoy this one. The blend of coffee, citrus, and rose notes creates a soft, sweet, floral, gourmand that is complex, unique, and quite enjoyable.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Cappuccino
  • Middle Notes: Geranium, Rose Damascena
  • Base Notes: Vanilla Madagascar, White Musk, Patchouli, Oud

Performance & Versatility

I found that Café Oud has a similar performance to Vanilla Oud, with longevity of 5 – 6 hours and moderate projection for the first few hours. I also consider Café Oud to be a very versatile fragrance, suitable for any occasion, as the oud is barely noticeable.

✓ Pros

  • Safe introduction to oud
  • Very nice blend of coffee, citrus, and rose
  • Decent longevity

✗ Cons

  • Coffee note not as strong as expected given the name
  • Higher price than other Kayali fragrances


Kayali Oudgasm Rose Oud | 16

Kayali Oudgasm Rose Oud

Kayali-Rose-Oud
Overall
85%
Scent
90%
Longevity
80%
Versatility
70%
Value for Money
85%
Kayali Rose Oud is a strong floral rose fragrance with a hint of bright citrus.
 
Rose Oud is a powerful fragrance, with strong and long-lasting projection.
 
This is another safe introduction to oud, in the classic rose and oud combination.
 
 
 
 

What Does Rose Oud Smell Like?

Kayali Rose Oud opens with strong floral and rose notes, with a hint of bright citrus. The floral and rose notes stay strong throughout the dry down, with a well-blended oud appearing in the background.

Rose and oud are a popular combination in fragrances, and Kayali Rose Oud is a very safe introduction to this type of fragrance. 

As I mentioned previously, I am not a big fan of rose fragrances in general, but I can appreciate that this is a well-done floral, rose, and oud combination, and I think that if you enjoy rose fragrances, this one would be worth checking out.

  • Top Notes: Pear, Lemon, Geranium
  • Middle Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Peony
  • Base Notes: Vanilla Madagascar, Cashmere Wood, Oud

Performance & Versatility

In my experience, Rose Oud is a stronger performer compared to Vanilla Oud or Cafe Oud. I experienced a higher longevity of around 7 hours, and my husband could easily smell this on me from across the room for hours. I wouldn’t consider Rose Oud as versatile as the first two as it is a much stronger fragrance. I, personally, wouldn’t wear this one to the office, for example.

✓ Pros

  • Safe introduction to oud 
  • Strong, vibrant rose scent
  • Decent longevity and projection

✗ Cons

  • Higher price than other Kayali fragrances
  • Some find the rose note overpowering


Kayali Oudgasm Tobacco Oud | 04

Kayali Oudgasm Tobacco Oud

Kayali Tobacco Oud
Overall
76%
Scent
70%
Longevity
80%
Versatility
80%
Value for Money
80%

Kayali Tobacco Oud is quite masculine leaning.

Tobacco Oud contains the strongest oud note out of the Oudgasm collection.

This has a harsh opening, but a pleasant, subtly sweet, smoky, tobacco oud dry down.

What Does Tobacco Oud Smell Like?

Tobacco Oud opens with strong tobacco and oud notes that give me smoky rubber vibes. I do not enjoy the opening at all, however, these notes calm down as the fragrance dries down, and the subtly sweet honey and vanilla become more noticeable, along with the aromatic notes. 

Kayali Tobacco Oud has the strongest and most noticeable oud note out of the collection. The oud in this fragrance is much darker compared to the others, and I would not recommend this fragrance as a blind buy unless you enjoy heavy masculine leaning oud and tobacco notes.

I have seen people compare this to Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, which I do not agree with at all.  I absolutely love Tobacco Vanille and cleaner, sweeter tobacco fragrances, and Kayali Tobacco Oud is a completely different beast in my opinion.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Clary Sage, Plum, White Honey, Geranium
  • Middle Notes: Clove, Saffron
  • Base Notes: Tobacco, Patchouli, Vanilla, Benzoin, Praline, Oud

Performance & Versatility

Tobacco Oud is another strong performer, similar to Rose Oud, with decent longevity and projection throughout the day. I would actually consider Tobacco Oud a fairly versatile fragrance, as once the initial harsh opening dries down, it becomes a pleasant, subtly sweet, smoky, tobacco oud.

✓ Pros

  • Decent longevity and projection
  • Dark, smoky tobacco oud combo that many enjoy

✗ Cons

  • Higher price than other Kayali fragrances
  • Harsh opening


About the Oudgasm Collection

The creator of the Kayali line of fragrances, Mona Kattan, has been obsessed with oud for over 21 years. She wanted to create a line of fragrances that would be a representation of true oud perfumes, yet not too polarizing. 

Mona created the Oudgasm collection as a way of joining her two worlds, her Western influence with her Middle Eastern roots. She chose the name Oudgasm, as she believes that perfume is pleasure, and she wanted her collection to have a name as bold as the fragrances. [1]

Ideas for Layering the Kayali Oudgasm Collection

My favorite layering combinations for Kayali Oudgasm collection
Some of the layering combinations I’ve experimented with so far with the Kayali Oudgasm collection.

Kayali fragrances are created with the idea of layering in mind, and the Oudgasm collection is no different. Have fun and experiment, layering the Oudgasm fragrances with other Kayali fragrances, and anything else that you think might work!

  • Kayali Vanilla Oud + YSL Black Opium
  • Kayali Vanilla Oud + Burberry Her Elixir
  • Kayali Vanilla Oud + Lattafa Khamrah
  • Kayali Café Oud + Replica Coffee Break
  • Kayali Café Oud + Kayali Vanilla Oud
  • Kayali Café Oud + Kayali Vanilla 28
  • Kayali Rose Oud + Carolina Herrera Good Girl Blush
  • Kayali Rose Oud + Kayali Vanilla 28
  • Kayali Rose Oud + Kayali Vanilla Oud
  • Kayali Tobacco Oud + Eilish by Billie Eilish
  • Kayali Tobacco Oud + Kayali Vanilla 28
  • Kayali Tobacco Oud + Kayali Vanilla Oud

Check out our guide on layering fragrances for more information!

FAQ

What is oud?

Oud, also known as agarwood, comes from a certain species of tree, the Aquilaria tree, native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia. 

As oud is rare and incredibly expensive, most fragrances use a synthetic version of oud.

Check out our article all about oud perfumes for more information.

What does oud smell like?

Oud is often described as smoky and bitter, though sometimes offering a subtle sweetness, along with a mild spiciness.

Is the Kayali Oudgasm collection vegan-friendly?

Yes!

Is the Kayali Oudgasm collection unisex?

Yes, all Kayali fragrances are marketed as unisex. Vanilla Oud, Cafe Oud, and Rose Oud are more traditionally feminine leaning, as they are sweet and floral, and Tobacco Oud is more traditionally masculine leaning, as it is darker and smoky-woody. However, as always, all fragrances are gender-neutral and all fragrance notes can be enjoyed by anyone!

Final Thoughts

The Kayali Oudgasm collection are good choices for entry-level oud fragrances. My top pick is Kayali Vanilla Oud, as it is an easy to wear, smooth, sweet vanilla fragrance with a subtle yet noticeable hint of oud. 

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**Fragrance note infographics obtained from www.fragrantica.com.