Thread: Aoud for dummies
I'm just starting to get interested in Aoud of the Montale sort. I've read reviews here at BN and I'm still not sure. I don't think I'm ready for Black Aoud right now. I am interested in Damascus, Silver and Crystal. Anyone out there have any input on these three? Crystal and Silver are fairly new, so maybe there's not much to say on these at the moment. Any info would be helpful. Thanks one and all.
White Aoud is a little less harsh on the Aoud. It has a nice vanilla-oud drydown.
I would think Golden Aoud is a nice place to start.
It seems to have most of what the other Aouds have but is a bit more gentle. Not necessarily toned down, just not as "in your face".
It can lead you up and into Black Aoud, Lime Aoud and Red Aoud without the immediate potency that they have. It's everything they are but softened a bit.
That's not to say it's inferior in any way, just that it would make a nice introduction to the Aoud line IMO.
White Aoud is certainly fine too but the vanilla aspect is not really indicative of the other Aouds in the line up.
When I first tried the Montales, I found Lime Aoud, Aoud Flowers and White Aoud a nice middleground when stacked against Black Aoud, Attar & Blue Amber etc. I dont think that White Aoud is particularly feminine at all... just perhaps a little more rounded and softer than Black Aoud.
My best advice would be to email Montale and request 2 or 3 samples. It may cost you a couple of dollars in shipping, but it will definitely give you a yardstick against which you can measure all your future aoud purchases!
In terms of Oud, I began with the Montales and the Ford Private Blend, and have finally worked my way up to the real deal (non-synthetic oud oils from Malaysia, Cambodia, India and Papua New Guinea). I think if it werent for my introduction via White Aoud, Aoud Lime and Aoud Flowers, the transition to the real stuff would have been a lot scarier.
Whatever the case, have fun, experiment a lot and enjoy the experience
Check out Purplebird's thread on Montale's reviews on the Women's forum also . This will give you a better idea too.
I would start out with Steam Aoud. Unlike many of the other Montale Aouds, this one isn't heavy or too harsh. And unlike the Red or White, SA is all about the oud. Its the "star" of the scent.
I think i need to go to bed. I just noticed you ordered two already.
Anyway, i still recommend getting a sample of SA in your next order.
Last edited by ajmc; 23rd July 2008 at 04:59 AM.
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Didn't like Black Aoud at all, but one spray of M7 was very nice. That's seems to be enough to get my aoud fix once in a while
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