Too simultaneously bright and dry for my liking. I detect the beautiful notes here under a very fabric-softener-like blend of flowers (and agree with the blend of Black and Wild Oud approaches here), but the problem is in the mix. Too much. Perhaps a good consdideration for those looking for power, but I would notch this up to a "power washing detergent" than anything beautiful on the body. I am using my 20ml as a room spray - and it does impart a wonderful cleanliness :-)
Strikes me odd as that the first thoughts I had were "honey, rose and... Terre d'hermes?" Yeah I get a touch of the Iso E Super or whatever in conjuction with a honey note all surrounded by the infamous rosy/aoud note in all of aoud fragrances I've smelled. It's very dry but also sweet. It's a strange rift of notes.
Stuck in the middle between Black Aoud and Wild Aoud.
I regularly wear Black Aoud and Wild Aoud, and, as a consequence, Aoud Flowers strikes me as a neither here nor there fragrance. It neither has the aromatic burst and smoky dry down of Wild Aoud, nor the rich, barbaric opulence of Black Aoud.
The bergamot and geranium add a brightness to Aoud Flowers that does not gel with the rose and aoud heart. In Wild Aoud there is Artemisia to go along with the bergamot and geranium, and the extra note makes all the difference. While Aoud Flowers is pointlessly bright, Wild Aoud is aromatic and strident.
The teak and gaiac add a dry woodiness to the base of Aoud Flowers, which the musk never entirely integrates with. The base lacks the moist earth feel of black Aoudís patchouli laden dry down, and lacks the smokiness and roundness that Wild Aoud gets from tobacco and amber.
Aoud Flowers is a fragrance in permanent tension: the pieces just donít come together. Itís got all of the right Montale constituents, but I canít give it better than a neutral rating.
The description that it is kind of waxy, musky, murky and medicinal rose is good. It starts a little sweet but the dry-down is fairly astringent. I could read some tobbacco and violet leaf in it. It is a fairly elegant offering, not quite as 'sparkling' as some other Montales. The longevity is excellent, as with most Montales, particularly on cloth. A spray on cuffs or collar will last for a good 10-12 hours.
I do like this one but it's not at the top of the stack in the Montale Aouds. This one and, despite its popularity, Black Aoud, are the middle of the pack for my taste. I like White, Gold, Velvet and Lime a little better... I enjoy the juxtaposition of bright & bubbly or casual notes over the oudh. Steam and Leather are both interesting in their own way. Black and Flowers are each rather dark & brooding and a little less 'fun' to smell throughout the day. It is still a high-quality and enjoyable entry in the Montale line, and I'd still rather wear this than just about any designer fragrance in my collection. I do agree that this would be very sexy on a lady.
Very very typical montale rose-y oud opening. Medicinal, oily, waxy and completely captivating.
This is indeed very similar comparing to many other Aoud scents of Montale, starting from Black Aoud.
If I continue comparing this to Black Aoud, this turns eventually a bit brighter. Itís not that dark and I think it is even a tad stronger than BA with more massive sillage.
For sure I understand the critics who are bothered how much some Montale`s resemblances each other.
Aoud Flowers is definitely one scent which makes some other scents in the Aoud line completely pointless to own. I just suggest you just find out which one you like best of these rose-y ouds.
Aoud Flowers smells fantastic and it lasts so long that no one will be disappointed.
When I smell Aoud Flowers, I think of rubber bouncy balls which I played a lot when I was a small boy. Those balls had a very strong smell to them, and I just loved that Aoud Flowers-y smell as much as I was intrigued by the way those balls looked.
The colouring of AF aluminium bottle is very beautiful.