Only few words can describe Dark Aoud: heavy, dense, linear, raw. It's a very unidimensional scent: sandal, oud and musk from the beginning to the end. Also there's a tiny note of incense (maybe frankincense due to the small sweetness that appears after some hours). There's no comparition with other sandalwood bases fragrances: this is totally different. If i could compare, i would say Bois des Iles is a little small bird and this is a hungry hyena. Sillage, lasting power and projection are hazardous. One of the best Montale releases so far.
Dark Aoud by Montale, 2011
Rated #293 in Fragrances
Just wore it for two times and became a fan almost instantly. Such powerful silage and longevity. I like the smell (some people may not find it interesting). I would suggest you to get a sample to try before buying expensive big one. I am not a perfumer so not sure about note and other stuffs but it smells heavy. I think it would work better on men's skin than women. One of my favorite perfumes. Thumbs up MONTALE
I like this, but am not sure it is bottle worthy. I had a sample that I wore for a week. The first time I tried, it opened a lot like many of the Tom Ford Signature Collection. I am a big fan of Oud Wood, and this has a very similar opening to that, so was very excited. In the dry down, however, there came a sharpness that was less refined, more brutal than I was hoping for. I expected a bit more refinement, a bit more subtleness. This was more rough around the edges than the other top line oud's I've tried in the past. The amount of money this costs, in my opinion, would be better spent on Tom Ford's Oud Wood.
Not as dark as I was expecting. I actually get a little freshness with some great wood and some Montale oud. A+
Montale's Dark Aoud. Worn by Barbary Corsairs after a hard day boarding galleons with knives clenched between their teeth. It's Bluebeard's signature fragrance, and Beelzebub uses it as air freshener. You should buy a sample. Just because. I can't think of many occasions when I'd actually wear it, and it scares all the other little bottles. But I'm glad it's there. Just in case. -
The opening phase reads as "dark medicine cabinet" to my nose. This cabinet is rough-hewn from antique, precious woods like cedar & sandalwood, & contains ancient, arcane potions, unidentifiable from the illegible script on their worn, dusty labels. The wood has been singed in some long-ago house fire, & this slightly burnt note mingles with the fug of years of incense-burning, & some pepper spilled on a nearby worktop. After the first couple of hours, this fragrance mellows into an altogether friendlier & softer peppery incense, with an undercurrent of vetiver & ambergris. From here it doesn't change, but projects & lasts for many hours, as is usual for a Montale. Some reviews paint this as almost frighteningly dark, & definitely masculine, but l really enjoy that challenging opening as well as the soothing, incensy drydown. l recommend this one to ladies who love all things dark & edgy; l could well end up with a bottle of this myself. Great stuff!
I dont know what to think . After reading reviews i thought this was going to smell different. this is not a good go out sent at all . Ide love something this strong that smells more like a versachie or chanel. Im sorry guys in my honest opinion it doesent smell like anything anyone would want to wear. Waste of 100$$$ will sell it when i get the chance.
Montales magnificent Dark Aoud is rather like experiencing Ang Lees stunning,Life of Pi in 3D: the depth and projection afforded by this medium dramatically enhancing the narrative and the aesthetic that Ang Lee presents. And, as so many superb reviewers have described below, in particular, "alfaroms" excellent review, Dark Aoud stands-out from the characteristic Black Aoud iterations for which this house is famous in that Dark Aoud rather loses the signature rose and strikes at something boldly minimalistic and un-evolving in terms of an aoud-plus-sandalwood creation. However, that which impresses me both intellectually and emotionally, is the deeply rare sense of 'Stillness' within the heart of this gorgeous creation and am left with an enduring image of near-solitude as the young "Pi"is becalmed at sea; the glorious golden sunset reflecting on the oceans flattened surface and the colours and textures of the tigers fur so tantalisingly close, adorable, and warm. Superb. 8-10
The fragrance of the witch's shade, appalling as the pirate Dark Dog wolking hooded in the more obscure of the nights. Sepulchral, impersonal and ghostly, Michael Myers in the course of the night of Halloween would have worn it. Unbelievably bold, petroleous and sulphureous. Possibly the darkest concoction ever created, sometimes i think beyond each limit. The lords of the night have now their naughtiest potion and i'm a lord of the night. Dark Aoud introduces a dry and castigatory temperament, a sort of incensey ascetic substance and a deep and melancholy woody beat. This one is even more daculaesque than the infamous Salvador Dali Pour Homme and Black Afgano, something brutal and forbidding that needs more time for it full accomplishment. My sister says it smells like the death. Ostensibly similar at the beginning to the New York Oud Bond (even for the common usage of the musky resin of teak wood) which is anyway a decidedly different beast being endly cool, more versatile, watery, floral and approachable. The Bond one is endly eastern and fizzy, less severe, less spicy and with a more animalic-human beat. New York Oud owns life, Dark Aoud does not. The dry sandalwood in Dark Aoud is the king, it plunges in a sink of obscure, camphoraceous, smoky aoud and drowns under tar and sedimentated resins. This fragrance exudes a slightly dusty, gassy and deep sort of smell also because of the roaring role played by spices as black pepper and saffron. It also develops a sort of masculine stiff temperament because of the right dosage of vetiver and ambergris. Dark Aoud is averagely dry because of the precious woods and ambergris but doesn't slide in to the drought. Dry amber and a bit of vetiver on the side of spices keep on steady the high level of roughness. The final outcome is all obscure dry woods, old dark leather and petroleous resins. I detect some similarities with Duro and Black Afgano Nasomatto because of notes of aoud, leather and sandalwood but this one is darker and more gassy than Duro (which with shares the leather regardless a strong dosage of sandalwood) and is far less mellow and brewing than Black Afgano, which is almost as obscure as this one but less severe and more appealing because of the presence of some flowers as violets and a more tasty and creamy influence of sweet balsams. The concern with Dark Aoud is that it takes at least five or six hours to turn from an almost off-putting status to a gorgeous cimmerian good smelling fragrance, just the time necessary some resins and woods develop a touch of mellow mildness. The projection is like the movie " From here to eternity". Perfect for serial killers, grave-diggers, wandering devils and captains of army.
Smells great. Lika a glossy paper catalogue. Personally I am with Shania Twain on this one, who sang once: "So, you smell like a glossy catalogue. That don't impress me much, Now, don't get me wrong, I think you're all right" or something like that. But that goes for males only I believe. Now, if you are a woman or resemble one, this scent is a game changer and a turn on. If only because most female scents nowadays are even more pathetic than male ones. So thumbs up for women, and neutral for men.
Dark Aoud by Montale, 2011
|Notes||sandalwood, Oud, Black Pepper, Saffron, Vetiver, Teak, Leather, Grey Amber|
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