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Sand Aoud (2011)
by Mancera


Sand Aoud information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 38 votes)

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About Sand Aoud

Sand Aoud is a shared / unisex perfume by Mancera. The scent was launched in 2011

Reviews of Sand Aoud

Mancera Sand Aoud is one of the more agreeable aoud-named fragrances from the Mancera/Montale empire, in which aoud-named fragrances are numerous, seemingly beyond comparison to other western houses.

This isn't very oud-intensive, though, or at least the oud is not very medicinal or animalic as it sometimes can be. It's rather smooth to the point that it comes off more like leather, with some sweetness coming from the blackcurrant and vanilla and a bit of mystery (spice, woods) coming from the saffron. It's a harmonious grouping that is easy to wear, both for men and women, though preferable in cooler weather based on the collection of notes.

Performance is strong, as with most cold-weather-leaning Montale and Mancera offerings, and at $92 for 120ml on Notino, the value is strong. Even the retail pricing at $160 (or perhaps $180 with the increase) could be justified for this versatile cool weather winner.

It's a "like" not a "love" for, though, even as agreeable as it is. Unsurprisingly, the more Mancera and Montale fragrances one tries, the one more inevitably encounters some redundancy, and there definitely feels like some overlap between Mancera Sand Aoud and Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie despite the latter being a little dirtier in my recollection. They've a dry, leathery commonality, though I need to retry the Montale.

Very good stuff overall, though.

7 out of 10
30th November, 2017
Generic is the only word I can think of. I don't get much Aoud, what I smell is of the "Bandaid" variety, a bit medicinal. the Patchouli is hiding someplace. Smells a bit like medicinal lotion for dry skin. Not a favorite.
13th May, 2017
All I know at the moment is, 'I LIKE THIS FRAGRANCE!!!'

Woodsy (Black Currant) yet with a little sweetness, creamy and oudy (This kind of reminds me of Viktor & Rolf Antidote, has that kind of a vibe at least). There is spiciness to it and its fresh all at the same time; a little powdery from the Vanilla and Saffron.

One spritz and it felt very big from the Patchouli (almost like the sharpness your get in Sushi Imperiale-Bois 1920), the scent bubble is enormous and in your face. The idea of projection I would say is astringent/sharp this is all to indicate the need to be careful with the trigger. Some would find this fragrance nice overall, however some might find it to be a little too strong. Again, that could be curtailed by the amount of spray(s).

Sand Aoud to me is dry and aromatic; less balsamic but more patchouli-ish with a warm spiciness in the background which brings a great deal of balance to the fragrances' performance.

Maybe unisex, perhaps more masculine IMHO;

As Damon Wayans would say, 'TWO THUMBS UP with a twist and a twirl!!!'
02nd March, 2017
Amazing Mancera fragrance once again that is only to be judged after 20 mins! When it dries down one is left with a gorgeous blend of fruityness (mainly black currant) on a dusty bed of oud and patchouly surrounded by saffron and light spices but smelling still kind of fresh! Really unique stuff and I know nothing like it. It has above average projection and longevity for sure and performs marvelous.
Thumbs way up! Rating: 8.5/10
14th October, 2016
Mancera gets it right, again. Instead of going into some deep, psycho-babbly review, I'll just say this. There is NOTHING about this perfume that I dont like. Lets put it that way. And it has more of a Eastern vibe, than a Western vibe. You wont run into anyone else wearing this, unless they take perfumes as seriously as you do. There is nothing run of the mill about it.
26th April, 2016 (last edited: 09th February, 2018)
Mancera's Sand Aoud is a very nice, semi-traditional Aoud fragrance, with spices and Black Current top notes, over a patchouli, vanilla and musk base. There's an almost creamy, sandalwood like sweetness in this, although sandalwood isn't listed in the composition. The vanilla, musk and patchouli come through in this very nicely and the development is very minimal. Sand Aoud is much lighter than similar Aoud fragrances, making for a more versatile, easy to wear scent than any heavier Aoud-Rose, Leather or Incense accord in the market. I see this as mostly a masculine scent that could be worn on any occasion, but better for cooler weather. Excellent sillage and longevity from two sprays. Smells expensive, high quality and well blended. Thumbs Up.

08th February, 2016

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