Unlike most of Montale’s aouds that I’ve tried, I do not immediately smell the aoud in Wild Aoud. My first whiff of the fragrance gives a resinous emanation from what is undoubtedly the Artemisia. It might be that the aoud note is buried in the Artemisia note, but then why not call the fragrance Wild Artemisia? I get a fair dose of bergamot and a lesser of geranium that seem to present themselves more as fruity notes than as floral, and I begin to suspect a synthetic note, which I do not usually connect with Montale. With each testing I do of Wild Aoud, the resinousness gets softer and the synthetic fruity/?floral note grows a little bit more imposing. This Artemisia is quite solid as are the other woods in the scent. I’m not sure I enjoy the accord that I smell. It’s rather sharp and woody but it carries a very slight undercurrent of nausea-inducement. I can’t account for my annoyance because I usually enjoy the likes of Artemisia and wood notes and others of their ilk.
Now the big question: what is all this talk about Artemisia and geranium and bergamot and such doing in a review of a fragrance labeled "Wild Aoud"? MY POINT EXACTLY! Maybe the "wild" in wild aoud is like the "wild" in wild roses: the wild roses do not have as strong an aroma as many of the cultivated varieties have… So this wild aoud might be a wild variety rather than a cultivated one. Well, that’s at least that’s one way of explaining the serious shortage of aoud in Wild Aoud.
While not unpleasant, Wild Aoud comes across as just another one of the several Montale-generic "aoud" scents that Montale has been mass-producing for several years. This particular aoud scent can’t seem to even deliver the aoud… yet another Montale I’ll soon forget.
Pros: Decent, well-made scent.
Cons: Something labeled "aoud" should most likely contain aoud."
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