At first glance, this is a spicy rose with a bit of classic Montale astringency. Dry down is a brooding rose. retaining a bit of astringent musk. Many of Montale fragrances are Rose noted, this is one of the better ones.
Maybe my sample was bad, but all i got was a nasty tangy musk with very little rose. Subpar sillage and longevity for Montale standards. Did not like it one bit, but i repeat that it's possible that i may have gotten a bad sample.
This starts off as a quite masculine-feeling rose, & slowly sweetens as it warms on the skin, with amber & musk coming through. lt's like roses with the leaves on, & l agree there is something smokey in the base. The sillage is soft, warm & sensual, but l don't find this as long-lasting as other Montales l've tried. lf you're looking for a straight-up rose-musk fragrance, l'd recommend Crystal Flowers over this, but it's a nice fragrance & easily wearable by a man.
opens like wet dew scented roses
stays close for several minutes then turns to ligh tuberose musk
very interesting rose musk
I'm with jrd4t on this one. I, too, am very surprised this hasn't gotten higher reviews. It IS fantastic. It seems to be one of those great overlooked scents.
On my skin, it is a warm, ethereal, watery sueded rose scent that stays close to the skin. It is not your old-fashioned rose scent by any means, rather a rose that is freshly picked from the rosebush. Lasting power is quite good: it lasts about 8 hours on me before I would need to re-apply. Truly an all-season scent, I could see myself reaching for this in the winter and summer. My favorite Montale so far.
06th November, 2009 (last edited: 10th November, 2009)