MONTALE - LOUBAN
My very first review - and in English! - so, bear with me :-)
I received a sample from Luckyscent in June, and have tried this one for the first time today.
Violet leaves, Turkish rose, olibanum (frankinsence), oud, musk, sandalwood, patchouli.
Prior to this, I have tried 'Pure gold', 'Aoud leather', 'Amber & Spices' and 'Sandal sliver', of which I find the latter wearable. The others seem to be very sharp and to a certain extent unpleasant on my skin.
For me, Louban starts out strong, metallic rose. Almost unpleasant, but just almost. Ten minutes later: soft, beautiful rose with a sting. I can recognize the oud from the other Montales, patchouli too (often becomes sharp on me), but they seem lighter and easier to be around in Louban than in the others.
The musk and sandalwood softens the intense metallic rose and the harsh oud. The violet leaves bring in the green, dry, iris-like note that almost stings like iris "always" does on me (there is never an "always" with perfume, is there?).
After half an hour the rose, musk, olibanum and sandalwood seem to "win", while violet, oud and patchouli lie underneath, creating depth and a bit ''oomph'', without breaking totally through.
Next phase: rose and smoke. Allmost bonfire-smoke. Insence. Fades, but comes back whith renewed strength.
I love it! Sensual, deep, mystical, dry, soft, clean, dark, sexy, mmmmmmm!
27 July, 2009 (Last Edited: 29 November, 2012)