Golden Aoud is nice! It is my third aoud that I have ever tested and I can't find the notes for this fragrance. I suspect that it comes from Nancy's (Fishbone) bottle -- to my knowledge there are only a few bottles of it available in private collections in the USA -- and here what I detect in it: aoud (not strong, but still resinous, medicinal), soft mellow spices (cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, something else I would use in cooking), light flowers that actually make it slightly cool (orange/lime/lemon blossom, orchid, hyacinth, almost broom-like note), no roses, light ambrette seed (soapy, salty, dusty) and sandalwood (vibrant, warm and fresh). The general character is light, dry and gentle, staying close to skin. I think that Lady_in_Black would like this, but it is way too light and demure.
Inspired by TWolf's example - I dug out my sample of Montale's Golden Aoud
. I wonder if there is some saffron at the top as well.....
I don't get the vast array of notes that TWolf does. My unsophisticated nose essentially equates oud + flowers = roses
unless something screams "This is not a Rose"!!!! On a certain level - it reminds me of Montale's Aoud Damascus. may have to do a comparison sniff this weekend......
Unlike the other Montale Aouds I've tried - this one gets close to the skin very quickly (especially in this colder weather). I put this on about 45 minutes ago and can barely smell it now.
Chaya - I hope your job interview went well yesterday. Keep us informed!!!!