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A very well done oud/rose scent, even if it's nothing particularly innovative. The balance between oud and rose - an accord found in many fragrances these days - is roughly the same as that found in Montale's Black Aoud. Specifically, the oud is the overwhelmingly prominent note with rose lurking underneath. Contrast this proportion to rose/ouds such as Aoud Damascus (Montale) or Aoud Rose (Micallef) which are roughly equal parts oud to rose. Unlike Black Aoud, Midnight Oud is more wearable because it doesn't have the extreme shock-value sillage. What's more, the drydown is sweeter then Black Aoud and the rose is more prominent in the mid/base. Perhaps this is because Midnight Oud does not have the patchouli found in the Montale, I'm not sure. If you have Black Aoud you won't need this, but if you're looking to add one rose/oud to the shelf give Midnight Oud a serious look. Personally the Micallef is my favorite version of rose/oud, but I would definitely take the Midnight Oud over Black Aoud in a minute. In case it wasn't already clear, this fragrance is as unisex as any other oud scent.
12th October, 2009