I would say this patchouli masterpiece is aromatic woody or chypre fragrance.
Lime is present trough whole composition, but it is not a cheap barber's shop kind of citrus smell.
It's deep, green, aromatic lime; sharp at the opening, but more of a lime zest than lime pulp further on.
Patchouli is beautiful earthy and strong. Very similar to patchouli in Givenchy Gentleman. Nicely balanced with smoky vetiver, bitter orange; powdery, herbal galbanum note and salty saffron.
Later on, after 7 hours, when the notes soften- it smells like a good old chypre, resembling Eau du Soir (and some parts of Aromatics Elixir).
It is in this phase that I get that this could maybe be a unisex fragrance (maybe). :)
With the dry down myrrh and sandalwood come forward to soften the composition even more, but the rest of the notes are still present. Lime zest stays with me till the end.
Actually, on my skin, this perfume smells like a lovely combination of Eau du Soir and Givenchy Gentleman- with added rich lime zest and a touch of Pino Silvestre Original's aromatic, woody freshness.
Very complex and nice.
Being a patchouli lover, I bought it for myself, but for me, this is a men's fragrance. Very masculine on my skin.
However, on my husband's skin, this is a gorgeous chypre. I can barely detect any lime or Pino kind of freshness on him (he can't too and complains this might be too feminine on him).
The irony is, he would like that it smells on him like it does on my skin, and I wish I could get what he gets from this lovely perfume.
Oh, the chemistry!
Try before you buy.
Longevity and sillage are above average (as expected from Montale house, anyway).
23rd February, 2017 (last edited: 24th February, 2017)
I agree with Darvant about this having a classical barber shop feel to it.
Lime peel + barber shop + a little clean soap = Aromatic Lime
Unlike any other Montale. I get good longevity on it.
Unlike Darvant, I think this is masculine from beginning to end, and my wife agrees.
Good for all seasons.
For those that think most Montales smell too similar, give this one a try.
12th April, 2013 (last edited: 19th April, 2013)
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)