My Love Affair With Oud & Monotheme Fragrances


I’ve got a bit of a love affair with Oud. For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet let me explain. It’s derived from what is known as one of the most expensive woods in the world: agarwood. It’s value is estimated to be higher ounce for ounce than gold and in oil form is sometimes called ‘liquid gold’. When you wear an Oud fragrance people know that you are in the room.

Maybe that’s why I love Oud! It’s bold and over the top — a bit like me! Ha!

I always loved the smell of incense when I used to be dragged to church when I was a kid. Oud reminds of that  — all woody and heady. They say smells are embedded in your psyche don’t they when you are young so maybe that’s where my love affair with potent, pungent aromas comes from? Who knows?

Fast forward to my very own fragrance wardrobe.

I’m the girl  who loved and currently  loves:



Giorgio Beverly Hills



Juliette Has A Gun Mad Madame

and everything Tom Ford.

My recent, new found love though is the Monotheme range of fragrances that Marks & Spencer stock in their beauty hall  and online. They are unisex and the range offers a combination of eau de toilette and parfum. Prices are between £18.00 and £22.00. Believe me, they stack well up against the fragrances I’ve bought for over £100. I never want to wear those because of how much I’ve paid for them like my Juliette Has A Gun Mad Madame. Notice I call it ‘my’? ‘My Precious’!!!

I’ll correct myself. I haven’t paid for them. They’ve been gifts from Mr Bbed.

This range though I have no problem about buying for myself. You’ll see from my photos I have a bit of a collection going.


The Rose Oud was my first purchase. I have a thing about ‘rose’ smells, too so both combined is heaven to me. You won’t believe how many people have stopped me and asked what I was wearing.


My next purchase was Black Oud which I adore and is No.2 in my favourites list.

This was shortly followed by Apotheose de Rose. This one not so much. It’s a bit too florally for me but looks pretty in my bathroom so I’m happy with that.

If you’re after trying something very different and fancy an introduction to Oud that won’t break the bank then I’d suggest you head on over to good old M&S. I haven’t completely fallen out of love with them as I mentioned here.

If you’ve tried an Oud perfume I’d love to hear what it is. I love finding out about new ones. Let me know, too if you’ve tried a Monotheme fragrance. There are quite a few to choose from.  xoxo




  1. July 8, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    I use Poison since ages and I’m using Alien during the day. I love these perfumes!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      July 9, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      Great taste, Nancy xo

  2. July 15, 2017 / 8:55 am

    I’m crazy about oud so thanks for the Marks & Spencer recommendation. I first fell in love with oud when I went past the Roja Dove section in Selfridges. I nearly swooned. I almost shelled out £300 for a bottle but stopped just in time!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      July 16, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      I know I never buy it myself — leave for pressie lists! I wore the M&S Rose Oud yesterday, Gail — its really gorgeous and so lasting for the price. That’s the one everyone asks me about xo

  3. Sean
    June 18, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    You should also try Monotheme’s Amber Wood.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      June 21, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      I think Mr B has had that one actually 🙂

  4. Anon
    December 28, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    I was well acclimatised to Monotheme’s citrus range (their beautiful lemon and bergamot fragrances) before they discontinued them – so, had to go in search of something else. I found that Rose Oud/ Black Oud simultaneously, satisfied my desire for something rosy, something patchouli-ey, and something peaty, or wood-smoke-y. And yes, from M&S! I was addicted to the smell too much at a very grey time that we get here in the UK, where the clouds and darkness forgo the sun LOL

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