Brume Radieuse proves that Thomas Kosmala has a particular sleight of hand when it comes to creating oud fragrances that depart from the norm. If Frénésie is a bon-bon of oud seen through a misty haze of jammy osmanthus, then Brume Radieuse is its equally floral, but grown-up sister, full of a simmering sensuality that makes you sit up straight in your chair. A bruise of blackcurrant juice – thick and tannic – stains the opening a deep purplish black and sets up a sexy fruity-rose beat that carries on throughout.
At the heart, a nugget of salty black truffle – this would be the oud – is flanked on all sides by a chorus of juicy peach and coconut notes, the combination of which bears some resemblance to the mouthwatering aquatic-black chocolate accord that underpins Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. A veritable riot of fruit, flowers, coconut, peach, and salty-earthy notes, Brume Radieuse shouldn’t really work, and yet does. This is one sexy, feminine fruity-floral oud bomb that will not go without notice. The equivalent of that special black dress you wear like a weapon.