With a fiery aroma, R’oud Elements of Kerosene slowly sinks into a velvety bottom. The Oud is an obvious note at the beginning of this fragrance, a fun fresh milk nugget. The cedar filters some of Oud’s most gregarious animalism. As the cedar crowns and softens the oud, it simultaneously introduces us to the effervescent, dusty sandalwood.
Sandalwood is the sharp green counterpoint to oud, and this multifaceted surface ensures that this R’oud Elements remains aggressive, but never goes wild on the skin. Amber strengthens this rich composition, refracting the diverse complexity of its different woods through its sepia warmth. Vanilla calms and synthesizes, a balm after the intensity of the most blazing elements. Lavender echoes the pristine structure of sandalwood, augmenting this clean arrangement with a floral touch.
The iris absorbs the invitation to lavender flowering, and engenders a floral softener that is buttery and exuberant. An edifying accent of orange bitterness highlights the contrast between soft and austere notes. Powerful, enveloping and androgynous, R’oud Elements dresses like a seamless armor layer, protecting while remaining flexible. A long and assertive reworking of a classic note.
It’s late evening, and an orange bitter sun is setting beyond the trees. Wafts of smoldering wood rise from the center of the forest, burning from a small oud and sandalwood fire. The scent is soft, deep and longing for closeness and invitation.
I was born and raised in St. Clair, Michigan, about an hour north of Detroit. Where I’m from, if you didn’t work in the automobile field, you were most likely unemployed. While each factory may produce a different car part, every factory was exactly the same: Production and Numbers. To get out of that scene, I learned how to paint and wrench on motorcycles. As I worked, I loved the scent of dirt, grease, oil and sometimes blood from a busted knuckle. I’ve always been captivated by scents; gasoline, stamped steel, plastic, trees, earth, and eventually a name was forged: Kerosene.
After smelling everything I could get my snout on, I felt it was time to see if I could combine the right notes and create something special. My goal for my scents will always follow my three ingredients; raw, unique, and approachable.
With the scents, I wanted the bottle design to match. So I put my painting talents to work, and little did I know my factory production background would come in good use. Each bottle will be unique, always painted with high quality automotive paint and clear coat. The result is as if a shiny, classic metallic Ford collided with perfume, as songs by The Cure resonate out of the peaky tiny speakers from a clunky 8-track player.
Hailing from Michigan, which is frigid about seven months of the year, I am naturally attracted to warm notes. Amber, woods, and spices, they do it for me and make their way into a lot of what I do. I’m a simple person, however, my scents won’t be.