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Shams Oud Memo for women and men

Shams Oud Memo for women and men
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Shams Oud by Memo is a Oriental fragrance for women and men. Shams Oud was launched in 2011. Top notes are saffron, ginger and pepper; middle notes are vetiver and cypriol oil or nagarmotha; base notes are french labdanum, birch, styrax, tolu balsam, tonka bean and agarwood (oud).

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Top Notes
Saffron Ginger Pepper

Middle Notes
Vetiver Cypriol Oil or Nagarmotha

Base Notes
French labdanum Birch Styrax Tolu Balsam Tonka Bean Agarwood (Oud)

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Shams Oud Fragrance Reviews

aphexacid
aphexacid

What am I missing here? The one star of the Memo line I should have liked ends up smelling like Frankinsence and spices.

I'm also detecting a lot is iso e super. The ISO came to life on my skinafter I washed it off.

Apr
21
2016
b.gracious
b.gracious

Scent - oud, pepper & labdanum.

Season/Time of Day - I can wear it in the colder months, day or night.

Projection - I didn't get noticed, I didn't get a compliment.

Longevity - I get 12hrs consistently.

Mar
27
2016
arnefag
arnefag

I just ordered a full bottle of this lovely after sampling it for the last week. I think this one of those unique scents that stands out with flying colors from most other ouds on the market. First of all, it´s not a typical oud, but is quite boozy and stronger on the labdanum and tolu balsam.

It´s extremely pleasant throughout, from application to drydown. Initially it´s fruity and has some smoky notes that quickly disappear and leave the fragrance to evolve further with notes of pepper and vetiver. But then the labdanum, oud and tolu balsam kick in, making it a long lasting feast on my wrist. This is truly quality perfumery!

Shams means "sun", and it makes sense, this is a sunny oud, like a warming smile! It has woody qualities, but enough spice and SUN to turn itself into so much more than an oud, a woody or a spicy fragrance. The way this is composed and put together makes it one of my top five, can´t wait to receive my full bottle!

Highly recommended!

10/10

Feb
08
2016
Houdini4
Houdini4

Shams Oud is a real knockout and top marks for creative vision, I can't recall smelling a fragrance like this?
Shams opens with the full on might of the rest of this line, definite oud quality with a balsamic warmth and pepper sharpness. This is an onslaught, a total envelopment of quality ingredients like saffron and oud taking on that strange, other worldly smell. The top notes remain and I get a definite spicy sweetness like clove/cinnamon/ginger throughout this fragrance which along with the deep resins and precious woods make Shams oud a very special brew indeed.
I only tried this in store first on a card then on my skin, so I need to get a proper sample to wear. However I wrote the review because I was dying to comment on this wonderful stuff. Still far too much money to shell out for one of these and far too much juice in the bottle for me.
For the record I do have full test size samples of Moon Leather (not in the database yet), African Leather and maybe a couple of others so I have the opportunity to see if they stack up. My opinion of Memo from what I have tried is pretty high though.

Nov
23
2015
Lana148
Lana148

Really great woody-oriental. Not your typical oud fragrance. Feels spicy & dry-woody, no harsh/medical oud here.
I think it's lovely and sophisticated. Love the spicy sweetness in it - almost like a sweet cinnamon on a background, but it's just a play of ginger, cloves and pepper. Well done.

Nov
16
2015
Walking Unicorn
Walking Unicorn

Shams Oud is a wonderful fragrance with birch wood, pepper, amber, incense and a very tame oud. It's not dark, brooding or medicinal, but it has a sort of clean, freshness to it like a newly built outdoor altar burning incense to the gods. After a few hours this perfume still has a strong presence on my skin as the sweetened wood scent dries with a creaminess that continues to hover on the top of my skin for over 10 hours. It's a gorgeous, classy scent for both men and women.

Oct
11
2015
deadidol
deadidol

This is a resinous and charred take on oud with a slight medicinal bite. Lots of spices upfront, but for the most part, it’s a dry, scratchy labdanum. It’s also extremely strong.

It starts forcefully with a blast of black pepper drowns out the resins, but soon after the balsam and the labdanum peek through. The oud accord is tricky to pull out as it’s wrapped tight around the vetiver, and the two notes sit a little too close. The initial impression is one of earthy, dark tones — very resinous, smoky, and dry. It’s pleasant enough, but frankly, quite unoriginal. Epic Man and La Fumee are doing something very similar to this.

Soon enough, Shams mellows out and the pitch drops down a few decibels. It becomes a tad more sweet, but overall, it maintains its labdanum / balsamic structure and doesn’t really change that much. But that’s true with many scents in this style because they’re already dominated by notes that are commonly considered to be base materials (balsams, vetiver, cedar, labdanum etc), and what you get toward the beginning is probably going to resemble what’s still on your skin ten hours later, which, for the most part, is the case with this one.

So, it’s very tenacious and very durable, but very static. The problem I have with these kind of scents is that they’re limited in what they can convey and they don’t distinguish themselves very well from each other. The key is keep them from going too muddy, and shams just about manages that. The downside is that you really do feel like you’re wearing a base in need of a perfume, so you have to resist the temptation to spray something over the top of it. Shams isn’t that oudy, but it’s dense and earthy. For it’s genre it’s fine, but it doesn’t provide any new thrills.

May
03
2015
Arabian Knight
Arabian Knight

If there's oud in this I honestly can't smell any. Seems to be more of an impression based on the other notes to be honest.

The opening to "Shams" is a powerful spicy blast of black pepper and fresh zesty ginger, but this quickly evaporates into a powdery, oily meld of cypriol, styrax and tolu balsam. Picture an old church, with beams of warm sunlight streaming through the windows, illuminating clouds of dust and incense settling upon the empty pews.

The warm ambery incense reminded instantly of "Akkad" by Lubin, only with less vanillic sweetness.

30 mins in, the woods fade, but the powdery smokiness remains and things feel much more subdued, sweet and unisex. It wears like this for several hours, fairly close to the skin.

Its beautiful, very atmospheric, and in my opinion, better than "Akkad" as the spices and woods give it a more manly substance. If you like the smell of churches, you will love this. But if you're looking for oud, it ain't here.

Dec
09
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

Shams is basically an ambery, sweet, herbal and spicy oud scent, with soft and slightly salty vetiver notes and balmy hints of tolu balsam. I also clearly smell the ginger note with its peculiar spicy-resinous warm but sparkling sweetness. A decent Oriental oud, with a lot of nuances and flavoured breezes, spicy but graceful and sweet, with a nice woody accord which enhances and goes beyond the agar wood (there's also cedar, woody balsams, the abovementioned vetiver...). Even if they're not listed I am pretty sure I also smell some ambery-vanilla notes on the very base, which on the drydown are even more clearly detectable. A less trendy and less predictable take on "westernized" oud (no "gloomy oud", and thank God, not another "rose oud"). Quite light on my skin to be honest, and also with a short persistence: nothing amazing but nice, refined and pleasant.

6,5-7/10

Jul
15
2014
Elenany
Elenany

This is too strong for my nose but I really like the scent. reminds me of going to catholic church on a sunday! the oud is dominant and the pepper sharpens the whole product. really oriental, try it out!

Feb
20
2014
alberto1964
alberto1964

Pleasantly strong, pepper and oud blend evenly. To try.

Nov
10
2013
pelega
pelega

I used but my husband also used this.Thıs ıs really unisex fragrance and very strong.I thınk ı will not buy again

Jul
12
2013
Scensodine
Scensodine

With this scent i imagine myself being in Indonesia on the stairs in front of a enormeous Boedhhatempel or on a temple square where they have just lit incense.
Wonderful blended, long lasting and beautiful quiet drydown!

Jun
12
2012
alfarom
alfarom

Shams is quite an interesting take on the modern-oriental theme. It opens with a very "contemporary" pepper/ginger accord immediately joined by dry-earthy woody/mossy notes (vetiver/nagarmotha), spices and oud. The overall effect is remarkably stark, energizing and balmy at the same time and brings to mind of a successful mash-up bewteen a trendy masculine (such as Bang/Terre) and a more classic oriental a-là Pure Oud by Kilian. Tonka beans and amber start lurking in the back providing some sweetness to balance the harsh opening. In this phase Shams reaches its peak of charme. It's bold but not overpowering, solid and modern, distinctive yet easy to wear. While it's not a sillage monster, it still projects quite nicely.

After a couple of hours or so, oud begins to fade and merges with a moderately sweet labdanum/ambery that takes over till the end (which occurs at 10+ hrs). Overall I'd rank Shams among the most easily approachable oud-based compositions around. Its modern structure makes of it a valid option for anyone looking for a different take on the oriental theme. Very nice.

Rating: 7/10

Feb
19
2012
Marilie
Marilie

I first smelled Shams when a SA sprayed it on a test strip - it smelled wonderful! There was pepper and tonka bean together with oud, ginger and some balsamic notes.

On my skin it was different. Still interesting but a lot sweeter than on paper. It seemed like there were gallons of honey in Shams, clinging to my skin for at least 6 hours.
It was rich and warm, I constantly thought of the colour red, heat and embers. In this respect, Shams is the perfect name as it is Arabian for "sun".

I learned not to judge a perfume without trying it several times. So I revisited Shams again and again. This is the result:
- the start is spicy and a bit medical (the typical oud smell). The oud is predominant for the first hour. Nice.
- After one hour Shams starts to resemble Manoa. Still nice but a bit lame.
- After 2 hours you get vanilla and this is mostly it.

I am sure there are other vanilla scents worth trying and a lot of oud fragrances that are better than Shams (take a look at the Montale series or the Arabian nights series by Kilian).

Shams IS nice but not earth shattering.

Nov
14
2011
liverpool2sex
liverpool2sex

This is an absolutely gorgeous seductive scent that starts of as a musky peppery fragrance and after about half an hour you start to get the ginger coming through and also the sweet, smokey luscious smell of vetiver. You do not need much of this perfume and it really does last and is a very seductive, sexy fragrance that will have people asking you what that fragrance is as it is very unusual and throughout the day will change slightly in a good way during the dry down and as the hours pass by. This fragrance will easily last a good 5-8hrs without needing to respray and will last the next day minimum on clothes or on your bedding Lol! Yes it is pricey but you don't need much and you won't forget you have it on either because of the subtle change in the fragrance throughout the day. I don't have much of this left but when I have saved a few more pounds I will buy the 75ml size as that will last for ages. It's definitely not for the fainthearted this is for the person that wants to ooze classiness, sexiness and class and wants to tempt people and get them to notice who they are but with subtlety at the same time xxx

Nov
04
2011
sweety39
sweety39

Shams became a member of my collection ;) about a month ago. In my opinion it's a quite special oriental fragrance (I do not think it's delicate at all...) starting with a wonderful strong peppery blast with saffron and indeed subtle and not at all harsh or medicinal oud. It's a very strong fragrance and on my skin it lasts forever. The perfumer advised wisely to use it in autumn/winter time because it might be to much for spring/summer weather. My collection is quite big, but I think that Shams will become one of my better colder months fragrances ;)

Jun
27
2011
prot72
prot72

I was expecting typical Arabian perfume full of oud, roses and dust. Surprisingly it is very delicate and full of light fragrance. The oud and saffron are prominent from the start to the end but they are very well balanced and none is harsh. There is also sweetness in this fragrance as an echo from vanilla and tonka beans. I can classify Shams as a woody delicious. However I like it a lot there is one problem. Sadly it doesn’t last on my skin longer than one hour. After that time the only little sweetness remains and it is detectable if you sniff your skin. Shams is good to have it in the collection if you love perfumes but it is not worth money if you are looking for strong oriental one.

Jun
13
2011

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