Very different from most Montale's releases, Aromatic Lime is some kind of metallic and citric smell. Very different, may not be a pleasure to everyone. Smells like Fougere Marines and Aoud Lime mixed. Deserves at least a try.
I disagree that this is a feminine scent. It's masculine with feminine overtones.
On first application you get bitter notes of unripe citrus. After an hour it opens up to the characteristic tart 'lime' over a very deep herbal base that develops - becoming sweeter.
Dries down to a soft and floral citrus.
Sillage is low to medium. Although, The longevity is amazing. I was in and out of the office with a jacket, on a humid 35C day. I could still smell it by the end of the day (10hours+).
This is a must-buy for me.
Don't be fooled by the first sniff, Aromatic Lime is basically a feminine fragrance. The beginning is herbal-citrusy and dark, with the predominance of herbs and bitter orange under my nose. This one is the best part of the evolving smell, i can perceive the influence from spices, herbs and patchouli while see the association with several aromatic barber-shop type of classics. In this phase the aroma is prevalently masculine and vaguely exotic in the sense it reminds several historical charismatic classics epitome of great ages, class and valiant men. Sliding the minutes a soapy smoothness starts enveloping the elements and I keep inhaling a sort of honeyed musky saffron all around. The spicy feel, as well as the patchouli influence, start fading (those are just present but in a less rooty-prickly way) while a sort of soapier aroma of lime-orange takes finally the scene with its touch of potpourri (vintage bouquet-like) temperament and notably with several floral notes hidden somewhere (ylang-ylang, jasmine?). A final cedarwood or sandalwood provide an hint of woody substance. At this point the scent, initially ostensibly masculine, reveals notable traces of spicy-floral sophisticated femininity, swampiness and mysterious classicism in reminiscence of several olfactory spicy-floral milestones as some Fendi's or Krizia's, Aromatics Elixir and Mitsouko (which are more conservative, spicy and rooty). Aromatic Lime must be effectively more complex it doesn't appear while reading the few listed notes.
19th June, 2011 (last edited: 18th August, 2014)
I quite like the sparkly opening, a different take on citrus. Citrus that's light on citric, it has more of an apple or pear feel to it than lime. Nice light woody feel to it throughout. Though I enjoy Aromatic Lime it's a little weak in the sillage department and it's price guarantees a non-purchase. Lasts most of the day but too close to my skin for anyone else to know I'm wearing it.
It's not lime.
And It's not aromatic.
However, It is Montale.
Wake me up when it's on sale at Marshall's for $1.75
On second thought, don't bother.