Oud fragrances have become so ubiquitous they’ve almost become a genre unto themselves. A lot of them are followed by words like “extreme”, “noir” or “intense” (sometimes all three at once) and are so loud they announce your arrival while you’re still miles away.
Badawi is an oud that isn’t an oud. It’s made with Gahrau Buaya, which has come to be known as white oud. It’s harvested from an entirely different species of tree. But Badawi utilises a clever roster of smells to create a trajectory of aromas you’d find in oud. A cool, piney whir of cardamom and sweet, tea-like smell of davana lend a cool richness to earthy woods dripping with immortelle’s honeyed sweat.