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White Aoud
by Montale


White Aoud information

GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 134 votes)

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PerfumerPierre Montale

About White Aoud

White Aoud is a shared / unisex perfume by Montale. The fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Montale

Reviews of White Aoud

The opening has a sharp synthetic smell and I can identify it with the "bug spray" description as others say about some Montale compositions. The rose is barely there at the start, getting overridden by other notes rather quickly. Next, the vanilla turns up and takes it to the sweet side making it smell like a candy, but not one I would eat. That's pretty much how the smell ends up, a linear vanilla and amber sweet candy which is getting quite powdery. The longevity is over 12 hours and in the first 2-3 hours it feels a room! This one smells better and rounder from sillage rather than up close.
05th April, 2017
Montale White Aoud is a less celebrated cousin to Black Aoud, but should be receiving some more attention, as it's a little more agreeable and easy to wear.

White Aoud is brighter, more floral, and more feminine, but not quite the overwhelming monster that Black Aoud is. Rather, a rose/oud combination with elements of saffron and jasmine, and a dry down of amber and vanilla. Pleasantly unisex yet still a bit provocative while not being too provocative.

Performance-wise, it's still superlative like most many winter-leaning Montales are, though it's not quite at the very extreme end of performance like Black Aoud is. Still, one knows they're getting their money's worth, performance-wise, when it comes to most Montales.

Not a masterpiece but a lovely mix of varoius notes, a variation of Black Aoud and leans toward the feminine and just seems plain more wearable most of time. Not one I'll likely buy a full bottle of (I just sold my bottle of Black Aoud since I seldom actually wear it), but I'll be content with my decant for a while whilst I pursue other Montales--bottles and samples.

7 out of 10
13th January, 2017
This is an interesting one. It starts off with the same medicinal Aoud note that all Montale Aouds that I've tried share. After a few hours it settles into something fairly sweet (saffron & vanilla) with the Aoud still lingering in the background. It is an odd sweetness, though. I really enjoy it, but it kind of nauseates me at times. But, I guess I'm a glutton for punishment because I can't keep my nose away from my arm. I know that sounds weird, but it's one of those smells that I have a total love/hate relationship with and I love it even when I'm hating it.

Longevity, projection & sillage are all excellent. I usually have issues with longevity, even with powerhouse scents, but I easily get 12 hours out of White Aoud. Very happy to own this one.
01st December, 2015 (last edited: 21st April, 2016)
Somewhere between this and Black Aoud sits the blueprint that the Montale Aoud Dispenser (TM) references for its releases. This is the stock Montale model — a perfectly fine, cheapy-“oud” scent with all the standard parts on show. There’s the bitter rose, the latex saffron, the synthy sandalwood amber base, and the spices. Like Black Aoud, it’s very harsh and loud — vulgar, yet somehow refined. The difference between the two is that the rose in Black Aoud is more boozy and pronounced, whereas here, you get more of the saffron-latex. Absolutely serviceable for what it is, and if you don’t have a trashy, melodramatic “aoud” in your collection, it’s sort of the archetype. I personally find it better than Black Aoud as Black Aoud thrives on the bitterness of the rose whereas White Aoud softens things up a notch without losing any of the flare. Can you find better oud scents than this? Absolutely. But if you want a Montale-style rubbery-oud, this is sort of the touchstone.
04th March, 2015
This is probably my favorite Montale, out of all that I’ve tested to date, and the only one of which I own a full bottle. The color white in the title and on the bottle captures the character of the scent very well – it is a dusty white cloud of saffron, rose, and vanilla, like a delicate Indian pudding freeze-dried, pulverized and made aura. For once, the medicinal oud used by Montale doesn’t bother me, and indeed I think the sweet, dessert-like properties of the fragrance need its antiseptic, ‘hospital corridors’ sting to provide lift and make it airborne. There is a cheap rosewater smell to the fragrance that I find moving and nostalgic, perhaps because it reminds me of the Roberts ‘Acqua Distillata Alle Rose’ rosewater facial toner I used to use as personal fragrance when I lived in Italy (and was too poor to buy real fragrance).

Due to the dusty dessert saffron, rose, and vanilla, there is a slight familial resemblance to Safran Troublant, one of my all-time favorite fragrances, and a definite point in its favor. Funnily enough, I find myself wearing White Aoud far more than I wear Safran Troublant. I enjoy the sting of the medicinal oud and the way it takes the central rose-saffron-vanilla accord out of the straightforward gourmand category. But most of all, I find this sweet, milky oud pretty, easy to wear, and thoroughly enjoyable from top to end.
23rd February, 2015
After a hospital ward opening, White Aoud settles into a gentler, somewhat powdery iteration of the Montale oud theme with some decent sandalwood for support and a touch of soapy cardamom. Smooth, easy to wear and contemplative, despite a disconcerting whiff of detergent powder around the edges from time to time. The late stage is similar to that of Montale’s Attar.

15th January, 2015

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