Louis Vuitton – Ombre Nomade

Though it’s unthinkable now, there was a time when Louis Vuitton was not particularly revered for its fragrance collection; let alone a household name.

Whether that was a status they deserved is a debate for another day, but this all changed when Ombre Nomade was launched back in 2018.

Well-known to be most fanatics’ favorite fragrance from the company, the oud-based scent is dark, sweet, and elegant all in one bottle. And because a single sentence won’t do it any justice, we’re going to take a whole 3 minutes of your time just to tell you how great it is.

Ombre Nomade: Overview

  • Brand: Louis Vuitton
  • Fragrance: Ombre Nomade
  • Release: 2018
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Perfumer: Jacques Cavallier

Fragrance Notes

  • Top Notes: Raspberry, Geranium
  • Heart Notes: Rose, Saffron
  • Base Notes: Agarwood (oud), Benzoin, Incense, Amberwood, Birch

What Does It Smell Like?

The perfume is potent; it’s not subtle like the citrus scent you count on for every occasion. The opening starts with a fruity feel from the beautifully blended raspberry but is quickly taken over by a smoky, leathery aroma.

This woodiness doesn’t brush away the fruit, but rather blends to create an indistinguishable but beautiful scent; the X factor of Ombre Nomade and its nose. The hints of rose then add to the raspberry while a spicy atmosphere is slowly created by the saffron.

Finally, a dry down of smoke and wood emerges with benzoin bringing about a fruity smell and incense. For first-timers, such emanations may bring about mixed emotions.

This all comes down to taste though as some do like the different smells of incense while others simply do not.

One important factor in the whole scent profile of this fragrance is that the oud doesn’t come off as unpleasant, something a lot of oud-based perfumes are criticized for. 

It’s rather earthy and leather-based, even sweet to a point, making it a key selling point.

How Long Does It Last For?

Classified as an eau de parfum, the fragrance can last a surprisingly long time. 8 hours minimum, with the remnants of the base notes still noticeable the following day. This is why you might find some sellers classifying it as a parfum.

Because of its robust nature, even the sillage of two sprays will be powerful. And though many people are fans of this high projection, some also see it as a deal-breaker. This is because it can easily come off as overwhelming.

When Should You Wear It?

As a woody fragrance, Ombre Nomade is, almost by default, unsuitable for the warm weather. Unless you’re confident about the amount needed on the skin (one spray, probably), you should just stick to fall and winter. 

The weather will marry deftly with the smells, and the scent’s alluring ingredients will be even more complementary at night-time.

Where Should You Wear It?

Because of its strength, it’s not the best for tight spaces. Office environments and the like should be the last place to use it. 

Events like dinner parties are more likely to have you smelling great since almost everyone there wears pronounced fragrances. Also, be sure to take advantage of its seductive, masculine vibe during evening dates and such.

Presentation and Value For Money

Despite being advertised as a scent for both genders, the fragrance is known to be a hit with men. Not to say it doesn’t fit the women, but Ombre Nomade has less pronounced roses (compared to the more feminine Les Sables Roses for example) and the drydown is woodier, making it more appealing to the masculine camp.

The famous dark, refillable bottle is hard to find in-store, but even when you do, you’ll be sure to cough up a hefty amount for some smoky leather on the skin. A quality 100ml bottle can cost you about $300-$450, which is probably its biggest flaw. 

That said, if your budget is within that range, don’t pass up the opportunity to try out a free sample or even make a blind buy (yes, it’s that good). It’s also available in a 200ml bottle and a travel-size container small enough to fit inside a purse.

The Bottom Line

Associated with the Arabian desert, the perfume is exotic enough to resemble the scent of a crown prince. And although it’s not suited to be your everyday scent, it’s sure to make you stand out during those special occasions.

Perfumes that Smell Like Ombre Nomade

1. Nouveau Monde (Louis Vuitton)

Not a like-for-like case, but close enough in quality to be on the list, Nouveau Monde also has elements of rose and real oud but is well-known for being a more complex perfume when smelled.

2. Oud Wood (Tom Ford)

Another oud-based fragrance, this Tom Ford product is similar but needs to improve on its base. Many claim that although the two should be in the same conversation, the oud in this (and even other TF fragrances like Tuscan Leather and Ombre Leather) is not as rich as the Louis Vuitton bouquet.

3. Nefs (Nishane)

An odd inclusion, but one that many overlook. Although the layering of the scents is different, a bottle of Nefs still boasts similar elements like rose and agarwood.