Originally Posted by onethinline
My perspective on Dark Aoud has shifted a bit after trying out Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud on skin yesterday. Basically, the AdP reminded me a lot of the Montale, albeit a more-refined, quiet composition. The oud note was very similar, and in both cases it's set off against dry woods. Because I already have a decant of Dark Aoud, I'm not as tempted by the AdP as I would be, though there's a richness and sweetness in the opening (and warmed-skin moments) of the AdP that I prefer. Since trying the AdP, I see Dark Aoud as a bit rough and rowdy, certainly more baldly synthetic, and trickier to pull off. I still like it, but less is more for me.
I have a bottle of AdP Colonia Intensa Oud Concentrée and I have to say I love it!! It is head and shoulders above Dark Aoud. It actually projects like a beast, and lasts 12-16 hours (Dark Aoud after 20 minutes is very light skin scent on me and disappears after 2 hours). AdP Oud Concentrée opens up a little strange - oud with very zesty citrus twist, but it evolves into a very nice leathery base in the drydown. Awesome. Not what I expected when I first tried it, but it is great and was definitely a good full bottle buy for me.
Funny story, though... I was on a road trip last month and visited my friends in Phoenix, AZ. Car was all dusty and dirty so I took it to a carwash place where they detailed it and put some air fresheners in the dash on the way out (little plastic clips that fit snugly in the vents). I got in the car and was like "Whoa! The detailing guy must have been wearing AdP Oud Concentrée!" It didn't hit me until a few minutes later when I pulled out one of the clips from the vent and sniffed it. The car smelled like AdP Oud Concentrée not because of the detailing guy - it was the air freshener clips! Now don't laugh, but really - when this thing dries down, the scent is a totally nice and clean leather bomb, sort of "new car smell" - and I mean that in a GOOD way. It may sound odd that a person would want to smell like "new car", but trust me, it's not that plastic-y synthetic vibe, it really is a very nice, realistic leather, very creamy and smooth, yet still refreshing with a splash of citrus. Very odd similarity between the freshener and AdP Oud Concentrée (in the drydown), but it totally works - I can see spraying the interior of my car with Oud Concentrée one day just to get the "new car/new leather" scent. A+++