Have you smelled Montale Black Aoud? It's somewhat similar to Voleur de Roses, but Voleur de Roses is light compared to this one!
Originally Posted by JaimeB
[quote author=paintrman link=1146413920/0#4 date=1146415327]Voleur de Roses
Absolutely no question. Very mysterious and dark!
There are other deep dark ones in the Montale line: Attar is another example (Mysore sandalwood, Bulgarian rose, and agarwood). Not evil exactly, but deep and mysterious, yes!
Thanks to Vijay, I got to try this one out. Black Aoud reminds me more of Iquitos than VdR - granted, both are rose scents, but I agree with JaimeB - Black Aoud is darker than VdR to my nose. It also has a leathery quality, which somehow makes it work better for me than either of the other two I mentioned. If I had to describe it, I would say it's a dark, deep leathery scent with a musty, dank rose note. Whereas VdR reminds me of wet gardens after a rainfall, Black Aoud brings to mind somewhat evil things for me - like being strapped to the wall of a vampiress' dungeon, or something dark and gothic like that.
Attar doesn't strike me as "evil" in the same way, but certainly is exotic and complex, a bit dark, but in a mysterious way.