In Europe, we have lost the idea of such notes in perfumery, and it is so sad because it is something so precious and delicate and sensual. I was very surprised and happy that there is still a region of the world where people like such notes. For me, it was something that gave me a lot of hope and optimism. It is a sign that maybe we will not all smell of sweets and fruits for the rest of our lives. That we are not condemned to fruits and vanilla forever.
— Perfumer Mathilde Laurent on why she loves oud. Read more at Cartier perfumer Mathilde Laurent calls oud ‘a real gift’ to perfumery at The National.