Thread: Red Aoud w/o the box??
I'm happy to say my bottle of Red Aoud arrived today. It didn't take a month after all. I'm going to wait until later and after a shower to give it a first try. Although i did spray some on a piece of paper. It seems very complex -- i think i detect a distinct chocolate note buried in there. It may be somewhat premature saying this, but i could see this becoming a favorite of mine.
Now on to the small rant. It was shipped in a padded envelope with no additional peanuts, foam, paper etc. added. And the bottle (its a gorgeous maroon red) came in their signature (also red) drawstring bag, but with no box. The same way their 20ml bottles come. Because of this there are two obvious dents in the bottle.
For those of you who own RA, did yours come with a box? I wonder if it has something to do with me asking them to add extra perfume to the bottle. But i wouldn't think that would be a reason.
Oh well. I guess the most important thing is the juice inside.
But i have to admit, i love a nice looking bottle too..
So you ordered from their Paris store, right?
Even tacky eBay sellers do a better job at packaging, then... Seems strange, considering how much you spend for a bottle of Montale.
When I order what I want from Montale i'll specify that I want a box Do the 20ml not come in a box because there isn't one?
Yes, i ordered it directly from Montale in Paris.
As far as i know there are no boxes for the 20ml bottles. And you can't buy them -- you get one (your choice) free when you order a 3.4 oz bottle from Paris. I'm not sure if it has to be from the Aoud line in order to get the free 20ml.
I picked Vetiver des Sables by the way.
Last edited by ajmc; 15th February 2008 at 09:41 PM.
Sorry to hear that your bottle was dented. I have ordered from the Paris store two times. The first shipment was in padded bag with bottles in boxes. The second shipment arrived in priority delivery box with bottle but no box. the gratuities only come in a bag. I'd give them a call and let them known that your botle was dented.
I ordered Red Aoud and Black Aoud 100ml bottles from Paris. The Black Aoud came boxed, the Red Aoud did not. That's just how it is...
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I'm really surprised more people aren't getting samples of Red Aoud. It's simply in the same class as Black Aoud. First class that is. Any one that loves Black Aoud must try Red Aoud IMO.
To me, Black Aoud encompasses a romantic perspective of the gothic aesthetic, with colour associations including light and pastel hues (apart from its name and the term ‘gothic’, I fail to find any further associations of the colour black with Black Aoud). It’s best described as being stuck in an empty well with the glimmering light reassuring you of being discovered, and only the swaying of the towering trees to keep you company. There’s an element of light in Black Aoud that provides hope, awakening you from the nightmares when they become unbearable.
On the other hand, Aoud Flowers represents the pure gothic nature – the aspects of darkness and evil that most humans are unable (or unwillingly) to imagine. The rush of adrenalin, lust, fear and narcotics through the blood stream, the colour of congealed blood and dark murky browns are some associations that spring to mind, whenever I smell Aoud Flowers. Where Black Aoud is akin to being trapped in a well, Aoud Flowers is best described as being buried alive 6-feet under, in a steel coffin. Yes, there’s even a strong metallic accord in this baby…
Bzoinks! I just got a bottle of this (Red Aoud) that I got in trade - is anyone familliar with YSL Body Kouros? There's a really prominent note in both fragrances which they share, and it really grates against my olfactory nerves! It makes me think of Body Kouros in syrup form, but fried till it's burnt! It also reminds me of my ultimate least favourite Lutens - Bois de Vanille.
Does anyone see these similarities?
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"...if it has something to do with me asking them to add extra perfume to the bottle."
Can you tell me more about this? Is it the oud they increase only (by how much)? What exactly do you need to ask for?
I don't see any pastels anywhere in this one!
It's so strange because whereas that was *the* thing that stuck out at me the first times I tried it, now that's in the background and other aspects are more prominent, so that I like it alot better! It's got a really weird gourmand aspect, but not like a kind of candy or cake - more like a meal - the cumin gives a really weird taste in your mouth on top of the metallic Aoud and all the other stuff going on in there. It's kind of a big mess.
I still can't figure out whether I like it or not, but am definitely intrigued and trying it over and over. Black Aoud and Aoud Cuir d'Arabie are still my favourite Montales with Full Jasmin.
Last edited by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR; 27th March 2008 at 05:36 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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