Aoud Lime huh? I don't think I've tried this one. I found Black Aoud to be heavy on the rose, too heavy for me.
1. Montale Wild Aoud
2. Amouage Jubilation XXV
3. Montale Red Vetyver
4. Montale Aoud Lime
5. Le Labo Vetiver 46
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"Celine, cmon, gimme that Aoud Flower Vanille.
Now, I will add some some woods.
Hmm, still strong, so we will release it under the name:
Or sandalwood & patchouli or amber and moss.
Thats what I've reiterated a good amount of times on the forum.
This organization has no class lacks class.
I passed by the Montale flagship boutique in Place Vendome and the interior was crappy. Not minimalist which would be fine. It was made to look classy but wasnt. Sort of gaudy.
The SAs were wearing tattered (well worn) clothes and even went as far as to insult Frederic Malle perfumes when I mentioned im on my way there by saying "his perfumes are not good and dont last" or something like that.
There was a lady in the office above that was screaming over her lungs on the phone about some international order while I a customer was in the store.
The stands they use to promote their products here in the UAE are trashy too. Its a display with the sides covered in fake alligator leather and it looks really fake.
Either use real alligator or dont use any sort of leather if you cant afford it. Plain wood would have been ok but using fake alligator just looks terrible.
To me they are trying to force feed their prestige onto customers.
At a glance everything looks nice. Wooden interiors, glass, flowers.
But when you take a proper look you'll see its overkill.
And here is where they were filling dozens and dozens of bottles for online customers!
Sweat shop or flagship boutique at Place Vendome?
I have nothing against Montale but it irks me that he is trying to represent himself as a prestigious high end boutique such as Bvlgari or Hermes when the material and visual aids he uses is of terrible quality. Its insulting to me.
A fellow basenoter has selflessly sent me a lot of montale samples, and i'm quite impressed with the quality of some of the non-aoud line. Patchouli Leaves, Boisee Vainille and Red Vetyver deserve a full bottle purchase IMO.
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Somehow, I still haven't managed to smell even one Montale yet. Does anyone know where I can test even a fraction of his almost 80 fragrances in the SF Bay Area?
hedonist222, thanks for the pics. Very interesting to see their base of operations.
From the few I've tried, I'd say Montale is like the Frank Zappa of perfumerie... sometimes very good, sometimes quirky, but only tolerable in small doses.
IMO Montales has a very discontinuous standard. He ranges from outstanding compositions a-la Aoud Musk, Aoud Cuir D'Arabie, Original Aoud to total craps like Vetiver De Sables, Ginger Musk or Boise Vanille. The oud overkill bought him to saturate the market with tones of microvariations on the main theme that are, let's face it, unnecessary and otrageously redundant. Said that, we can't deny he also delivered some nice/very nice/fantastic compositions (the aforementioned ones plus Red Aoud, Black Musk, Musk to Musk, Blue Amber, Patchouli Leaves, Aoud Lime...).
For what concernes Black Aoud, I'm with PuddleMonkey. It's really too heavy on the rose. A great fragrance but rose (when it's so prominent) it's like kryptonite to me.
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Im similar to you in Jasmine and white flowers. Anything prominent makes me sick.
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Redundancy and excessive amounts of product - unique to Montale? But even if it was who cares? If a house has fragrances you like buy them. If not don't.