Perfume Reviews

Positive Reviews of Sand Aoud by Mancera

Total Reviews: 9
As previously stated, Sand Aoud opens with a ton of spices and a bit of incense shying in the background. I can faintly detect the promised black currant liqueur - but it is blended into the scent in a manner that it doesn't really stand out too much to my nose. Dark woods come to the front as the mid notes begin to develop and the spices take a step back to allow the woods center stage. As the fragrance begins its final phase, the incense really makes its presence known and Sand Aoud finishes its evolution this way.

I don't get any of the typical Mancera oud nor do I detect much of the white musk that is supposed to be in the basenotes. The patchouli is definitely there but not in an offensive way as can be the case with some scents.

Overall, I'd give Sand Aoud a 9/10 as it is an excellent scent with very good longevity and I really enjoy how it evolves through its various phases. It's not my favorite offering from Mancera but definitely ranks in the top few.
06th May, 2018
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
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
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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
The opening and middle notes of Sand Aoud radiates with pleasure. This is one of the most wonderful fragrances, especially during the opening phases, that I've had the pleasure of wearing. The black currant first whiff is the intro to a chord of scent that includes some nicely blended spices with rose, saffron, and patchouli that balances about equally with the house agarwood scent. The oud aroma is noticeable from the the first spray, but it is blended with all the things that blend well with agarwood to lighten and make it very charming civilized. The oud smell is so civilized that some might not think its there, but this perfume illustrates why generations of perfumers always created their attars in a base of sandalwood. Yes sandalwood is the underlying scent that I smell here. I have no doubt that there is probably no sandalwood here, but all of the scents that blend to make Sand Aoud recreate aspects of thick deep sandalwood smell mixed that becomes a base for a woody oud. I am guessing the name Sand Aoud was inspired by the similarity to oud sandalwood attars of days gone by when rich sandalwood oils were always used for the receptive base oil for all of the other outgoing notes. The illusion of sandalwood is made here with the spices+patchouli+rose+vanilla+white musk.

The notes listed are: black currant, spices, rose, saffron, incense, patchouli, patchouli, agarwood, vanilla, white musk. My guess is the spices are a blending of cinnamon, cumin, bay, ginger but nicely disguised into a pleasant warmth. For the first 4 hours or so I really only smell the spice/wood combination + agarwood. It does smell light, slightly warm, but not really sweet. After 5 or 6 hours the vanilla starts to take over and this smells more like an amber fragrance. The black currant serves to give the opening spices a balsamic roundness, but neither the black currant nor the rose stand out as a dominant characterl. They all blend in to the Sand Aoud personality.

My only complaint I have about this beautiful fragrance is that long after application it ends up as a sweet vanilla amber woods - someone mentioned Halston Man Amber and I get that comparison. It ends up too sweet at the end. This doesn't happen until all the opening charm and subtlety of oud and saffron wears completely out which does take a long time. But, at the end its run the smell is kind of sweet and shallow. But that is a minor complaint considering how great it smells during its mature phase. One of the best from Mancera, in my opinion.
11th March, 2014
Great oriental

What`s listed as blackcurrent can also be interpreted as a rich and fruity rose. This and an unconventional dry spice-bouqet give Sand Aoud its sparkling opening. A moist earthy patchouli joins in, a dry vanilla feel and a quiet accent of synthie oud. It is crisp, dense and dark at the same time and strongly reminds of Czech and Speake masterpiece Dark Rose with its feel of fruity-floral, woodsmoke and oriental clichée evoking sundown, open skies, carpets and vessels with burning incense. A big quality of Sand Aoud is its understated power: It lasts day and night, has a stunning development with phases of rosy-fruityness, saffron-nutmeg, earth and smoldering woods. And settles down as a comfortable, mature, confident masculine woody scent. Really really good.

Pros: Unconventional, stunning development, long lasting

24th September, 2013
Just bought sand aoud and I was blown away. Sweet oud with a dry down between LDDM and Halston man amber. Awesome juice lasts literally over 24 hours and projects like a beast. Love the juice and I want more mancera.
31st December, 2012