Big Tree-Little Shade, The House of Oud Cypress Shade

On the hottest Summer days when temperatures are so high that they’re almost impossible to stand, even a small shaded spot can bring a relief. Over the years of smelling different fragrances I found a couple of them that are just like a bit of shade – they make you feel more at ease when it’s hot. Green Water, Cedrat Enivrant, Le Jardin de Monsieur Li, Nuda Veritas are just a few examples from a longer list. And then there’s Cypress Shade from The House of Oud. I could sample this perfume because the brand just appeared in Poland but does the perfume live up to its promise?

Cypress Shade supposedly starts with a fan of citrus notes like lemon, bergamot & mandarin but to be honest with you – they don’t smell like themselves at all. Juicy, sparkling and full of vitality notes are absent on my skin. There’s only a very faint hint of something sour and acidic before the perfume turns more spicy, when star anise appears. The latter one raises the temperature of the composition and it’s a relatively dry spiciness. It’s a shame that citrus part was impossible to smell for me as I imagine it could’ve been a nice one. The perfume evolves rather quickly in my case.


Soon after star anise appears Cypress Shade becomes significantly more dusty and green. It’s because of the petitgrain and coriander that it becomes more verdant, sappy and dusted. In fact it smells exceedingly close to the scent profile of a fig leaf – green, milky, dusty and warm. There’s a glimpse of mimosa in this perfume that appears in form of a powdery yellow pollen scent that lasts for a few minutes at maximum. Fresh minty smell was also gone in a flash. The drydown is a combination of woody and grassy notes of cedar, vetiver (with coumarin over it) and oud wood.

Cypress Shade by The House of Oud is one of those perfumes that goes straight into the point. Its development on my skin consumes maybe 30 minutes until the perfume arrives at its fully developed form. Afterwards it remains linear and I can’t detect any changes that would stand out. Cypress Shade had predispositions be an interesting green-spicy scent for warm months but I feel a bit disappointed by it. With this price tag you’d expect something better and longer-lasting (4-5 hours for me). Ingredient quality seems fine but it doesn’t reflect in the perfume. I refuse to pay for a fragrance that doesn’t satisfy me. A one of a kind Easter-egg-like bottle is much less important for me.

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4 thoughts on “Big Tree-Little Shade, The House of Oud Cypress Shade

  1. Undina says:

    I’ve never seen this brand’s bottles in RL but on photos they look a little odd. That combined with the brand’s name put me off pursuing their perfumes for testing. I know that one perfume is not statistically relevant to change the opinion but had your review been positive and enthusiastic, I would have thought of looking for a sample or two from the line. But with it being what it is, I can probably stay comfortably at where I am now. It doesn’t mean that I won’t try them if I ever come across them but I’m not in a hurry.

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