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    Thirty-Three

    by Ex Idolo

    Thirty-Three is a fragrance crafted from very special ingredients. The soul of the fragrance is built around a vintage oud that was distilled in 1980 and aged until its release in 2013. It is also the only modern perfume to use a significant amount of wild-harvested Chinese oud oil and natural Chinese rose oil to build the scent profile. Contrary to most ouds, Thirty-Three is a surprisingly soft, sweet and velvety fragrance for both sexes. It is also deep, dark, and mysterious and fills an innovative space within the oud category.

    NOTES: Soft black pepper, candied mandarin, caoutchouc, Chinese white tea, Chinese rose, taif rose, orris, damascus, rare & natural vintage ouds, aged patchouli, heliotropin

     


    Price:
    $120.00



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    1. A Superb Fragrance: 5 Star Review

      Posted by on 5th Dec 2017

      Before I get to the review itself, why can't someone take Dom San's barbaric, archiac, bloody-knuckled "review" off of this site? I don't believe I've ever seen so much misogyny in one place in a long time.

      Anyway...

      For some reason, the house of Ex Idolo has always has a uniquely mesmeric hold on my attention as a perfume lover and reviewer. The company seems to utterly obsess over every aspect of the creative process, so much so that their total body of work consists of two perfumes: Thirty-Three and Ryder. Matthew Zhuk is the creative director behind the house, but I’m not quite sure if that also means that he’s the perfumer as well. They’re based out of the Mayfair district of London.

      Top notes of Thirty-Three include soft black pepper, candied mandarin, and caoutchouc (a kind of unvulcanized Indian rubber). Middle notes include Chinese white tea, Chinese rose, Taif rose, orris, and Damascus steel (an ambiguous note – I’m not sure if they’re trying to reference the damascenones that are largely responsible for the smell of roses, or actual Damascus steel as I certainly don’t detect anything metallic here). Bottom notes include rare, natural vintage ouds, aged patchouli, and heliotropin.

      It can be hard to venture out into new territory with the oud-rose combination as it’s already such a super-saturated market. But the more that I smell this, the more I really admire it. The overall structure, it will come as no surprise, is a traditional rose and oud perfume. The oud, at least according to the myth that has accreted around the advertising campaign, is supposed to have been aged for thirty-three years beginning in 1980 before it was finally used to create this scent in 2013.

      What really makes this so wonderful are the scents resting at the base – or, rather, surrounding it. First, there’s an slight spicy black pepper that adds aromatic lift. There’s also the barest hint of the candied mandarin zest, which doesn’t make it citrusy at all, but adds a kind of muted, subtle fruitiness without the overall composition at all sweet. Lastly, the caoutchouc really supplements the oud beautifully. You really can distinctly smell it, but it’s not at all screeching or intrusive at all, like it might sound. The oud is already a bit on the funky side (though it’s certainly no Rania J.), and while you would think would make it even more so, the rubber note ends up just giving it a bit of a simultaneously creamy and sour edge, which I’ve never quite experienced in an rose-oud. As with almost all rose-ouds, it dies on the skin as a woody, herbaceous patchouli. As is probably clear from my description this is not an overly feminine perfume at all (unless you’re a vulgarian and think that anything with roses should only be worn by women). If judged by traditional standards at all, most would probably say it leans masculine, but like almost everything is could easily be worn by women.

      It comes in one size: a 30 ml bottle for $120 USD. Despite the relatively inexpensive price (at $4 USD per ml), the oud smells as real as anything I’ve ever smelled before. If this were any other type of perfume, the price per milliliter would put me off at the start; but knowing that rose and oud are two of the most expensive perfumery ingredients on earth, and especially considering the absolutely stunningly quality of this perfume, I think Ex Idolo could have easily charged twice as much for this and no one would have blinked an eye – especially not oud connoisseurs.

      If the price still puts you off, I would make the recommendation of trying Tiziana Terenzi’s Gold Rose Oudh side by side with this one. The differences are subtle but clearly present, however the only way you can tell much of a difference between them is by smelling them carefully for several minutes. I also have the sneaking suspicion that at $165 (the price for the Tiziana Terenzi, 100 ml), they’re probably not using real oud, either, however whatever they do use is a superior dupe. The Tiziana Terenzi does last a good deal longer on my skin too, whereas Thirty-Three lasts for about five to seven hours. If you think you’ve smelled one too many rose-ouds, but you still have a soft spot in your heart for them like I do, certainly sample this. There’s really something enchanting about it.


    2. Thirty-Three. 4 Star Review

      Posted by on 11th Aug 2016

      A very beautiful, aged patchouli at the base of this scent, and it smells dark, sticky, and earthy-sweet. Over that is a bold, red rose perfume and woody oud. I enjoy rose-ouds, and I love patchouli, and this is a really nice mix of all three.


    3. Thirty Three 5 Star Review

      Posted by on 24th Jun 2016

      This smells exactly like a well-aged rose fragrance and is very smooth. A no brainer for rose lovers with an oud fragrance very much in the background.


    4. Not for Latte Drinking Guys!!! 5 Star Review

      Posted by on 5th Feb 2016

      I had an amazing time, and I smelled like a million bucks. First notes are as they say soft and sweet, but then it takes off and turns in to a beast. This stayed on my skin for good seven hours, and I got to say people were getting extra close. I won’t go in to the details and talk about rose, patchouli, etc., etc.… What I will talk about is what it feels like.
      This perfume is certainly not for a latte drinking, pseudo male, who talks about feelings and emotions. The guy who wears is the guy who will rip off your clothes. If you are looking for hugs and cuddles you are knocking on the wrong door honey. Imagine “Hugh Jackman” in Australia, with six packs and all the works, covered in sweat, dust, smoking cigar and smelling like a man.
      What does it tell you about a girl who wears it? It say’s I am more man than you could ever hope to be, only come close if you balls of steel.
      This should come with a warning… “Pussies need not try this!!!!”


    5. lovely spicy rose dominant oud/rose combo 5 Star Review

      Posted by on 27th Jan 2016

      There does not seem to be much love out there for this one, oud and rouse, can it be any more boring? What made me give it a try is the claim they used real oud oil of Chinese origin. Well, I would not bet my life that it is real oil, but it is certainly very different from typical aromachemicals you find in nearly all fragrances that advertise oud notes (think of MFK and Nishane Istanbul that charge fortune for terribly synthetic oud), and it is far more complex to be synthetic, so I am as convinced as I could be in the absence of chemical analysis equipment that it is a real deal. The rose note is also very nice and convincing. There is nothing offensive in it, just an absolutely lovely spicy rose dominant oud/rose combo. Much more appealing than majority of fragrances exploring the same theme. A worthwhile purchase.