Thought I would try another Montale fragrance, as I am in search of an affordable, resinous, "dark rose" (with oud, which I like a lot but not as a stand-alone note) fragrance. I guess I am missing something because I do not get what all the excitement is with Montale fragrances but this is just another "no-go" or "meh" for me.
I agree with RennGrrl that Aoud Damascus is a relatively common woodsy-rose-oud fragrance and rather "old school" in nature with a "been there, done that" character.
This is my fourth Montale try and like the others, I found the opening notes extremely harsh, almost aldehydic and very synthetic in nature. Overwhelming rose notes (which is alright 'cause this IS a rose fragrance) blast onto the skin with no mercy. Montale fragrances actually hurt my nose. With lots 'n lots of rose, frankincense and spicy notes try emerging. The entire potion is quickly grounded by a resinous wood. That's about it. After 90 minutes or so, it was all over...done.
Expecting great silage and incredible longevity, I experienced adequate silage but poor longevity. Also similar to RennGrrl's experience, the entire concoction landed as a powdery, rather linear, cloying rose fragrance that ended quickly.
Perhaps it is just my chemistry but Montale fragrances and I do not seem to get along. This is a pass.
A most woody rose with a musky purr in the base. Deeply comforting, with the overriding impression of a wood blend rather than just the loud Montale oud approximation. The frankincense that fades back after making its presence felt at the start would have really added an extra dimension had it been more assertive. Just a couple of sprays are enough to envelop the wearer in its soft charms for hours. However, seems to lack enlivening tonal variation, it grabs a hold of its main chord and sticks with it.
A volatile oud (introducing points in common with such juices as Deeply Maria Lux, Black Aoud, Agarwood heeley or Piguet Oud) with a dominant rosey twist, a touch of balsams ( Gurjum fir resin) and some sweet spices in the mix. Addictive, spicy, airy, floral and sophisticated. The rose is "molecular", musky and delicately sweet (spicy). The Gurjum oil provides a balsamic/green type of atmosphere around (rather airy and woody in a "perfumed" intense sweet way) perfectly linked with a well balanced dose of oud (slightly medicinal at the beginning but basically soft and musky) and with an ethereal dust of frankincense. The Gurjum/frankincense olfactory encounter provides a sort of airy slightly dusty musky vibe. The note of rose is perfectly combined (as for a real olfactory interaction) with the note of oud (as well as you can effectively detect a real synthesis) while the soft rosey/woody whiff is supported by hints of soaring frankincense. The Aoud Damascus's outcome is something soft as a rosey/musky wave with a secret addition of olibanum dust. Yes, the key word is control, namely minimal dosage of the the elements (in particular aoud, woody resins and olibanum) in order to perform such a beautiful delicate and fairy rose. Subtleness, airy delicacy and refinement.
Warm blend of roses and oud, but rather average if compared to other relases of the same house. Well, i can say its just an ordinary roses+oud combo. Sillage is okay, projection medium and lasting power weak for a Montale.
This is a kissing cousin to Black Aoud, but the oud is more muted and the rose more prominent. This is a more luscious, velvety kind of rose, too - it's "redder".
Aoud Roses Petals is similar in its balance of rose and oud, but the rose is more like Black Aoud's. Of the two, I prefer Aoud Damascus, but both are very nice.