Yet another oud by Montale, and while most of them are decent, this one sadly falls into the "bad ones" category. Despite its name, it has not much of a "forest"; it is basically a sort of iodine-ozonic oud with a bold "deo spray" feel all over (that "fresh" feature of supermarket deodorants). There is some synthetic pine-herbal notes, a pungent spicy-salt note, perhaps vetiver, but most of all this balsamic, aldehydes-ozonic notes with a menthol feel oddly blended with oud. Clumsy and uninspired.
The first time i tested it on my skin immediately detected the "marine side of the moon" and i thought, "it's not possible, the name is Aoud Forest, my old, usually reliable, nose is going to fail for sure"....and what? I check the listed notes and see the marine elements. I can say for sure that on my skin the marine presence is unmistakable, i detect a musky/salty rose (a bit metallic) with an aromatic (almost minty, but i suppose it is due the ginger) atmosphere elicited and a sort of lemony woodiness around. I suppose that the aim of Mr. Montale has been the one to create a sort of cool, sparkling, lemony (and grapefruit) vibe over a woody/musky base and i think he obtained the aforementioned effect also combining an airy marine/woodsy feel with citrus, watery fruits and ginger while the ambergris presence manages to finally dry the blend in a sort of moodier way. Not for me but a must try for sure. Weird.
Def not an oud fragrance. I would call this a fresh, musky, salty and slightly aquatic scent with a touch of rose to soften it up. I wouldn't consider this fragrance that has a bunch of character and is going to make you scream for joy but it's still not a bad scent. Very enjoyable for me. Could be an everyday scent.
I cant smell any oud on this one. Nothing new on Aoud Forest. I did expect more. Smells like a less sweet version of Vetiver Des Sables. Not worth it in my opinion.
Funny, Aoud Forest has neither any oud, or a forest scent. It starts off very citrusy, Grapefruit Lemon, some rose. dries down to an aquatic rose. I think Montale cornered the market on Rose Absolute, they put it in virtually everything they make. This fragrance reminds me of sitting on the beach, Drinking a Grapefruit juice, with some rose bushes behind me. Nice fragrance, summer wear. Don't get it expecting the medicinal "Aoud" blast from most other Montale Aouds...It isn't there.