Talk about being pulled two ways by a scent! Iím really not sure if I love it or dislike it. Oud Pur OrientalóIíve tried and tried to deconstruct it to discover its secrets, but I feel that it eludes me. When I first tested it, I thought I was smelling an electrical fire. So help me it originally smelled like electrical burn. By the fourth or fifth time I tested it, it smelled like what I think is ďoudĒÖthatís about all Iíve discovered in all the times I tested itÖOud. There is a touch of labdanum, but not enough to have a significant effect on the oud. I get few florals and not much amberóbut primarily, overwhelmingly I get oud. The oud, though, is interesting in itselfómedicinal, highly aromaticÖit is almost as much dry-eucalyptic-herbal as it is woody. Itís actually an intriguing smell, and I can certainly see why itís so highly prized in the East. It is clean and fresh and itís nothing like other woods. But I donít think itís the kind of note that was meant to stand on its own in a fragranceóat least not for me. Actually, I would really like to own Oud Pur Orientalóprimarily because it is the most remarkable wood fragrance Iíve ever smelled. But at the price of a Montale Oud, I think maybe Iíd be better off looking for a couple of ml of oil. It IS intriguing but I donít see actually wearing it as a fragranceóat least not very soon.