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    Default Montale Aoud Lime - My review

    Disclaimer : This review is completely unbiased and is the result of my sampling of Aoud Lime. This is in no way an attempt to bash Montale or Montale fans.


    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!


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    My experience is pretty much the same as yours. I've had several decants several months apart to make sure I wasn't just missing something because of how many people seem to be ga-ga over Aoud Lime.
    I don't get this one at all.

    One that doesn't seem to get talked about much that I'm ga-ga about is Aoud Flowers. I just got back from working out of town today and noticed my Wife was on The Luckyscent website and ordered a 100ml bottle for me for Father's Day.

    javagreen - Have you tried Aoud Flowers yet?

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    Hi thebeck,

    No, haven't tried Aoud Flowers yet. Are you sure it wouldn't be too feminine though?


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    Quote Originally Posted by javagreen View Post
    Hi thebeck,

    No, haven't tried Aoud Flowers yet. Are you sure it wouldn't be too feminine though?
    It's not any more feminine than C&S #88. It's got that same rose, geranium combo with the added presence of aoud. My Wife doesn't think it smells any more feminine than Black Aoud.

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    Aoud Flowers isn't particularly feminine. It's really interesting. An unusual combo of flowers, honey and incense. At first the honeyed flowers spring off of the incense and aoud, but eventually it gets a little dry for my taste. As with alot of incense fragrances, it ends up turning to rocky ash. It's the same complaint I have about Gris Clair. I love it on humid days. Very different from the other Montale Aouds I've tried (Black, Red, White, Attar, Roses Musk)

    I haven't yet tried Lime Aoud - those of you who aren't impressed, are you fond of Black Aoud, or other Montales, but this one is a disappointment, or are you nonplussed by the line in general?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR View Post
    Aoud Flowers isn't particularly feminine. It's really interesting. An unusual combo of flowers, honey and incense. At first the honeyed flowers spring off of the incense and aoud, but eventually it gets a little dry for my taste. As with alot of incense fragrances, it ends up turning to rocky ash. It's the same complaint I have about Gris Clair. I love it on humid days. Very different from the other Montale Aouds I've tried (Black, Red, White, Attar, Roses Musk)

    I haven't yet tried Lime Aoud - those of you who aren't impressed, are you fond of Black Aoud, or other Montales, but this one is a disappointment, or are you nonplussed by the line in general?
    I'm crazy about:
    Black Aoud
    Red Aoud
    Aoud Flowers ;

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    Default Re: Montale Aoud Lime - My review

    Interestingly enough, Oud Lime smells to be more Oud dominated than a lot of the other fragrances from this line. Perhaps Oud isn't your thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudassir View Post
    Interestingly enough, Oud Lime smells to be more Oud dominated than a lot of the other fragrances from this line. Perhaps Oud isn't your thing?
    I'm not getting as much Aoud as much as saffron and spices from Aoud Lime. It left me very very disappointed ..... 1 out of 5 stars.


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    For me, Aoud Lime is perfection. I get more compliments on it that just about anything else. My mom can't stand it though. It makes her sneeze.

    I now want to try Aoud Flowers as I love geranium!
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    All this Aoud Flowers talk is making me want to try it... hope it turns out to be something that works for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by javagreen View Post
    I'm not getting as much Aoud as much as saffron and spices from Aoud Lime. It left me very very disappointed ..... 1 out of 5 stars.
    javagreen, I love Aoud Lime but there's nothing wrong with your disappointment - we're all different at the end of the day. IMHO, I think your disappointment is a cultural one - you’ve made an association (regardless of whether it’s positive or negative) with something you’re exposed to in everyday life. In this case, it’s an association you do not want to be reminded of when wearing a fragrance.

    I had a similar experience with Red Aoud – after attending a Christmas lunch, at a Brazilian restaurant, I noticed that the air freshener used in the gents smelt exactly like Red Aoud! Since then, I’ve been unable to shake off this association. It’s interesting how differently we all, through our own unique set of experiences and social conditioning, react to a particular thing.

    Btw, how much experience have you had with oudh in general?

    Quote Originally Posted by mudassir View Post
    Interestingly enough, Oud Lime smells to be more Oud dominated than a lot of the other fragrances from this line. Perhaps Oud isn't your thing?
    I would have to agree – it’s the closest one to fully satisfying me, when wearing a Montale aoud. If you’re looking for something close to real oudh, in the Montale aoud line, this comes the closest.

    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    I'm crazy about:
    Black Aoud
    Red Aoud
    Aoud Flowers ;
    LOL! Thebeck, I love the frankness in your posts – we need more Basenoters like you! Your top three is very similar to mine, although instead of Red Aoud I would replace it with Aoud Lime. Anyway, it’s great to see someone else enjoying Aoud Flowers. I’ve been loving this one since November, last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR View Post
    As with alot of incense fragrances, it ends up turning to rocky ash. It's the same complaint I have about Gris Clair. I love it on humid days. Very different from the other Montale Aouds I've tried (Black, Red, White, Attar, Roses Musk)
    I'll have to test Aoud Flowers on a very hot day! Its uniqueness amongst the aoud line is one of the reasons why I love it - it's not yet another variation of Black Aoud.

    Maybe you've already tried but Gris Clair should only be worn on warm days - if not, it'll smell ashy and like (as Dante once said) 'burning electrical wires'.

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    Yikes - Red Aoud air freshener?! Are you sure it wasn't just the food they were cooking? To me Red Aoud is a cross between dessert and supper, and evokes cooked food.

    Yeah Gris Clair is better on a humid day too, but it's also good on other days, but like you say that ashy rock is prominent at the end. Lutens fragrances drive me crazy that way. So many of them are pure genius 5 star fragrances, but once you get to the end, they get anemic or even a little ugly!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I'll have to test Aoud Flowers on a very hot day! Its uniqueness amongst the aoud line is one of the reasons why I love it - it's not yet another variation of Black Aoud.

    Maybe you've already tried but Gris Clair should only be worn on warm days - if not, it'll smell ashy and like (as Dante once said) 'burning electrical wires'.
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    GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR, it wasn't until my third visit to the gents that I realised where the scent was coming from. Up until this point, I was curious as to who was wearing it (I wasn't wearing it that day) but I only smelt it in the gents!

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    Aoud Lime is phenomenal stuff.....I am wearing it virtually everyday in the peak of North Indian summer and am loving it....Its potency is unbelievable but then all Montales are extremely potent....I recall that I used to wear it with just as much enthusiasm in winters too....

    I can't think of anything else that smells anything close to Aoud Lime....I don't really identify it with the 'incense' association.....All I know is that this is one Montale I dont ever want to be without.....I had a backup bottle which I thought would not be required but seeing my tilt towards this one, I'd keep it......as of now....

    Being a basenoter, you just never know when you change sides....

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    Well Trebor, despite my experience with Ouds being somewhat limited, I can identify them in fragrances and like I said... I get very little Oud and a LOT of saffron + spices in Aoud Lime.

    It also could be a skin chemistry thing... I applied and waited and waited to be wowed by it, but nothing happened. The "incense stick" aroma continued to be present amid the spices and saffron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paintrman View Post
    For me, Aoud Lime is perfection. I get more compliments on it that just about anything else. My mom can't stand it though. It makes her sneeze.

    I now want to try Aoud Flowers as I love geranium!
    I really never thought of myself as a geranium fan, but I begiining to realize that my favorites have some geranium. I seem to like rose and geranium combo. If you love geranium as I've discovered I must or I wouldn't be in love with so many frags with geranium. I think you should check out Puro Lino

    C&S #88 - rose& geranium
    Aoud Flowers - rose and geranium
    Puro Lino - geranium and jasmine

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    I have a sample of Aoud Lime. I like it...but my wife _hates_ it. Most negative reaction to any scent I've tried other than Miel de Bois.
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    well there was an interesting post on Oudh's here on BN which had so many good notes...

    well to begin with Oudh's origin is Middle east and India. even in india its prominently used my Muslims (oudhs, attars etal.). now, based on the post earlier what i learnt was- montale himself was based in Middle east, learnt the art and was quite sucessful at that. he decided to take this art form to the west and changed the appraoch a bit to suit the Europeans or Americans taste...i mean it's only natural for people in india and middle east to say it smells very familiar...but, for the westerners, its somethin really new, somethin which doesnt smell like a Boss or a creed or a Bond or a penhaligon or what have you.

    personally, my only exposure to Oudh has been thru M7, and i hated it...i just cudnt understand, but hey, i didnt do full justice by makin that comment as it was based on just one spritz on my wrist that i had back in a mall along with other samples.....maybe i need to get used to this smell, just like i did with Francesco Smalto..i just hated it before!

    Aoud lime specifically has a huge following here, and some people who swear by it have a pretty good choice and collection...maybe a 10 ml sample would change your mind...or maybe if its Incense based, you just dont like Incense.
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    The saffron note in Aoud Lime is what ruined it for me...it's so grating. I loved the lime accord that LA has, but not enough to put up the with the saffron/aoud combination.
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    I gave it three full wearings, but it smelled of spicy incense sticks with roses and saffron. Like I said in my original review, the entire olfactory experience is something I encounter everyday in my own home.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    The saffron note in Aoud Lime is what ruined it for me...it's so grating. I loved the lime accord that LA has, but not enough to put up the with the saffron/aoud combination.

    Yes to your assessment. Have you tried Aromatic Lime? It's got a better lime and a nice woody drydown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    Yes to your assessment. Have you tried Aromatic Lime? It's got a better lime and a nice woody drydown.
    I think I have a sample of it at home - thanks for the reminder...gonna check tonight.
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    It's been discussed before that there's no lime in Aoud Lime - just a lime mirage from other things. Aromatic Lime is exquisite!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts View Post
    Aoud Lime is phenomenal stuff.....I am wearing it virtually everyday in the peak of North Indian summer and am loving it....Its potency is unbelievable but then all Montales are extremely potent....I recall that I used to wear it with just as much enthusiasm in winters too....

    I can't think of anything else that smells anything close to Aoud Lime....I don't really identify it with the 'incense' association.....All I know is that this is one Montale I dont ever want to be without.....I had a backup bottle which I thought would not be required but seeing my tilt towards this one, I'd keep it......as of now....

    Being a basenoter, you just never know when you change sides....

    gupts
    I share your enthusiasm for Aoud Lime. I lost interest in the Montale line--most of them are not for me, but fortunately I did find Aoud Lime, and it's magical. I don't wear it often, this is one is save for special occasions, though I do like to sniff it around the house on occasion. It's so dark, mysterious, exotic and sharp-- I love the sharpness, like the bite of a fine French cheese, and it's balanced by the rosey, red wine-like aspects of this fragrance.

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    I wish I could share you guys' enthusiasm about Aoud based Montales. Black Aoud, too, left me similarly disappointed...... primarily because these smells are NOT new or unique for me and not because these fragrances themselves are bad.

    I would enjoy non-aoud Montales I guess. I do know it's not the aoud that's ruining it for me as I've smelled other fragrances that contain aoud and I like them...Black Tourmaline, for instance.


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    Default Re: Montale Aoud Lime - My review

    Like most of the aouds, they have a unique bite or sharpness (indie_guy nailed it), that's like no other. My favs are BA, Attar, Damascus, then the Lime, which I can wear in in FL during the day, except for the BA.
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    Yeah, people from the east tend to be less impressed with the Aoud Montales and I often hear that they're just variations, or copies of the sorts of things you can find readily in the market.

    For me and for other people in the west though it's a huge discovery! Though I must say that for me Black Aoud far outshines any of the other Aoud montales, even if I like the others. Haven't yet tried Aoud Lime though.

    Quote Originally Posted by javagreen View Post
    I wish I could share you guys' enthusiasm about Aoud based Montales. Black Aoud, too, left me similarly disappointed...... primarily because these smells are NOT new or unique for me and not because these fragrances themselves are bad.

    I would enjoy non-aoud Montales I guess. I do know it's not the aoud that's ruining it for me as I've smelled other fragrances that contain aoud and I like them...Black Tourmaline, for instance.
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    I just want to commend the insightfullness within this thread.. Trebor and others. A Montale has been on my agenda for some time. Thanks.
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    I'm a gay male..every time I wear this....WOMEN ATTACK ME..even my dentist the other day couldn't figure out why I LOOKED so attractive to her (I don't think I'll be going back) she looked as if she was going to devour me. Straight men take note...THIS SCENT WILL GET U PLENTY PLAY.

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