Sniff Test Fragrance Review: Atkinsons Oud Save The Queen
Atkinsons Oud Save the Queen Eau de parfum
A light, modern oud fragrance for her with notes of earl grey tea, bergamot, cloves, jasmine, orange blossom, oud, tonka bean and guaiac wood.
The brand is named for the posh former address of the onetime perfumer to the English royal court. The venerable perfumery also has a cameo in Virginia Woolf’s modernist novella Mrs. Dalloway—she passes the shop while running errands over the course of her now-famous London walk. In this perfume’s case, the name is an irreverent wink at that other quintessential British brand, the one almost as famous as the House of Windsor: the Sex Pistols. So are the ingredients. Some people find he ancient resinous scent of oud off-putting). I’m usually one of those people. But it’s sparing and nicely rounded out with the bergamot of Earl Grey tea as well as nutty and gourmand notes, like dark fruits (I’m getting the currants of eccles cakes). Tangy and sweet, like the insides of a liqueur-filled chocolate sampler. 2.5 out of 4
Most modern fragrance houses today create at least one oud fragrance to cater to the Middle Eastern scent customer who loves the rich, deep, spicy notes. Oud, the resin of the agarwood tree, is one of the most expensive ingredients in modern perfumery so perfumers need to be highly skilled to use it well. At first sniff, I’m intrigued. I smell bergamot and earl grey tea notes which are fresh and uplifting. Soon, a little clove appears. The oud note is present but it is handled with such a light hand it acts as an accent rather than overpowering the other notes. It was clever to add some jasmine and orange blossom as the white flowers have confidence and strength to balance the oud nicely. Tonka bean adds a hint of sweetness. This is beautifully blended. My compliments to perfumer Francis Deleamont. 3.5 out of 4
Atkinsons Oud Save The Queen is available exclusively in Canada at Holt Renfrew and holtrenfrew.com
Sherri GelbartOctober 14, 2020 at 11:34 pm
This sounds quite lovely. While it sounds like a departure from what I may normally like, it also sounds like there is a balance of notes that come together in a scent that would fit me well.
Angela CitrignoOctober 7, 2020 at 1:27 pm
Just the history of brand has me intrigued. Love reading the She Says/He Says The Sniff Test. You both paint a wonderful picture. Nathalie, when you compared the scent as being tangy and sweet, like the insides of a liqueur-filled chocolate sampler. I scrunched up my nose as I’m not a fan of liqueur-filled chocolate. Still would love to try a sample of this fragrance. @959angela
Connie peixotoOctober 6, 2020 at 5:40 pm
bottle is so chique @peixoto1c
Cynthia M SacksOctober 3, 2020 at 5:54 pm
I love these sniff tests! I would love to try Atkinson’s some day and this one sounds great – as I am one of those folks who loves oud! @cindy_sacks
Jibralta MerrillOctober 3, 2020 at 12:19 am
It’s wonderful to read completely different opinions on what I assume is a pricey perfume! I think I’d like it because of the tea, orange blossom, bergamot and spices. Dave, I think I’d like oud💕
GabrielleOctober 1, 2020 at 11:25 pm
I’ve been very curious about this scent and your reviews make me all the more eager to try it!
Nicole guayOctober 1, 2020 at 6:23 pm
I have never seen this before. Would love to smell it.
S SmithOctober 1, 2020 at 2:49 pm
I must have smelled everything in the Atkinson store while visiting in London, lol. This is definitely a rich complex fragrance, but oddly enough i preferred the “King” version. Very unisex though. 😉
Marla VeidOctober 1, 2020 at 11:03 am
This scent sounds so intriguing. Thank you such an explicit review. I can almost smell it just by reading about it.
Colleen COctober 1, 2020 at 8:46 am
I don’t like heavy fragrances, but you have me intrigued. Early Grey is my favourite tea & Murchie’s is the only one I want to drink because it is heavy-handed with the bergamot. You’ve got my attention. Now I must sniff test Oud Save the Queen for myself!
Leslie MortimerOctober 1, 2020 at 8:34 am
What the heck does a Tonka Bean smell like???
LInda LOctober 1, 2020 at 8:09 am
Love your reviews of Atkinson’s Aud Save the Queen! I’m enticed to walk through Holt Renfrew for a spritz of this luxe fragrance. Good enough for the Queen, good enough for me!!! @linlett60
AnonymousOctober 1, 2020 at 8:13 am
Oops “Oud” Save the Queen
Phern SpencerOctober 2, 2020 at 12:32 am
This scent sounds heavenly!!! By your review one is intrigued to sample this delightful fragrance🧡🧡🧡
Elizabeth VlugOctober 1, 2020 at 7:59 am
This sounds lovely. Thanks for the reviews, still one of my favourite parts of Scent Lodge.
Janet MoultonOctober 1, 2020 at 7:38 am
This is my absolute favourite! It’s very seductive I love it!