This is my first review, and what a scent I chose to review... Montale's Aoud Lime.. which is considered by a few to be the best from Montale's aoud lineup. I have applied just 2 dabs to my wrist....this is my second time wearing this, reviewing it as I type.
The very first impression I get from Aoud Lime is of spicy Incense sticks that we commonly burn in our "pooja" rooms. Incence sticks that have the black dry incense scrubbed off them and crushed to powder with bare hands.. and the smell of the hand afterwards.. that exact smell. I smell it again after a gap of 2-3 minutes and I start to notice the Saffron in the mix, peeking up from a blanket of spices.. and the vague.. faint traces of the medicinal Oudh that carries it.
The scent gets deeper as time passes and for a moment I pressed my nose to my wrist, inhaling deeply... right then the scent stuck me as the smell of hospital inners.. not the smell of ONLY medicines, but the smell of the phenyle mopped hospital floor AND medicines. I'm guessing that slightly lemony smell is the 'Lime" in Aoud Lime.
10 minutes into application, the Rose has started rearing it's head up from the mix. Once again it's the smell of crushed rose petals, atleast to my nose. very realistic.. and it's blended well into the mix alongwith Saffron and other spices. The scent now has fully bloomed onto my skin, with all its notes harmonizing amongst themselves, not one note overpowering the other.. its perfectly balanced. However, I don't think the scent will have a major development post this.
To conclude my review, I have to say I'm kind of... underwhelmed by Aoud Lime. The scent is luxurious, yes, but I had expected more.. much more. Maybe it's my fault to not fully understand the scent and it's target audience... but i'm amazed by my experience with this frag... amazed that it's a luxury for many, having to pay a hefty amount to be able to indulge in an olfactory experience which I experience almost EVERYDAY.
Hope I did a decent job at reviewing.. putting my own experience forward, let me know yours!