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    Default review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    reviewed @ cafleurebon.com

    http://www.cafleurebon.com/montale-d...like-your-oud/



    can't wait to try these..............

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    I have scent strips of both. I enjoyed Moon Aoud more than Dark Aoud but it's difficult to say on scent strips, always need to test on skin first!

    Though I got the scent strips two weeks ago and I can still smell it on them, Montale and its insanely potent fragrances.

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    Moon aoud has coffe notes? Sounds i need to get one bottle if yes!

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Both sound great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d4N13L View Post
    Moon aoud has coffe notes? Sounds i need to get one bottle if yes!
    I def get a coffee-type note in the scent strip. Really really nice!

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Tried these when i was in Qatar. Dark has a fantastic dry down, but starts a bit off putting. Moon Aoud seems to blend in with all of the other Montale offerings. It was good, just not great. I would definitely recommend Dark Aoud for those of you looking for something different, seems to focus on woods other than oud.

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    I bought this blind, trusting another Basenoter who compared it to one of my favorite dailywear fragrances. And yes, Dark Aoud is very similar to the drydown of Amouage's Memoir Man. I, of course, see that a good thing, but here the trajectory is fairly linear and actually very DIFFERENT than any other Montale I have smelled. For the first time in recent history, Montale's odd approach to naming seems to be dead-on with this one. It is DARK, in every way possible. I wore it all day yesterday (it lasts and lasts, but it's not like anyone will doubt that, being a Montale).

    I'm not great with individual notes, but the "mood" I most describe in this is spicey, SMOLDERING ceder. Where Memoir Man is a crisp aromatic wood bonfire in a wet, green, coniferous forest.... Dark Aoud just decided to torch the place and turn the whole forest to embers. If you like this sort of thing (unending smoke and wood with that very specific love-it or hate-it Montale Oud Note, not that it is very strong here...), then you will like this fragrance. Suffice to say, I love it. No regrets on the blind buy. I do find a bit strange the release of this in the calendar year, however. I don't see this quirkily-painted bottle (which if fun - if you like the montale cans) getting much love in the warmer weather that is NOW. It's powerfully dark and begging to burst the synapsis of anyone near you on a cold fall or winter's day. But hell, wild fires do tend to reach their height in the summer... so there you go.

    Moon Aoud (I got this as the 20ml offer from Direct-Purchase with Montale). I also really like this one. The name is weird, but so is the fragrance. I would love to see the official list of ingredients, as it is truly bizarre and a spray on my wrist at work had colleague asking "what the hell is that?" They like it, but they though someone was burning an incense stick somewhere. It is strong and pungent and spicey. Unlike Dark Aoud (which I found very linear), this one seems to travel all over the place...

    At the onset - that bandaid characteristic of all Montales, but it is short lived and the blending in this is immediately more appreciated than in something like, Black Aoud, where it never stops. What happens next is a bit in gourmand territory (and in my experience, a bit rare with Montales) I do detect the dash of coffee, the link to red aoud (so is that the saffron?) and that very realistic leather (not soft and supple but raw) from Oud Cuir d'Arabie, but there is something rather "spacey" here as well (maybe Montale was NOT completely on drugs when they named this Moon Aoud). There is a slight rubber note (that I get very strongly with something like FAT ELECTRICIAN - the blend of vetiver and vanilla - but it is subtle and more smoothly blended here). Another clear note I'm picking up througout is LIPSTiCK. I have a sample of Histoires de Parfums Moulin Rouge, which was my first experience with this note in a fragrance - but if you wear or frequently kiss lipstick - you all know what I'm talking about.

    Don't know how necessary this is if you have other Montale Aouds, but it's a good one if you don't. It's got the lasting power and sillage of the typical lineup, but might be superior in the blending and thus doesn't threaten to blow anyone away with any single offending note. It's fun, will certainly get comments, and true to the "oud" that has brought this house so much acclaim.
    Having Simultaneous Affairs with: Amouage Memoir Man, Fate Man, Interlude Man, Epic Extrait (yep... the femme version), Tribute, Homage, Opus IV, VI, & VII • Puredistance M, Black • Tauer L'Air & Carillon pour un Ange • Knize Ten Golden • L'Artisan Al Oudh, Traversee du Bosphore, Dzing! • TF Noir de Noir • Xerjoff Homme, Richwood, Regio, 1861, 1888, Zafar • Serge Lutens MKK, Gris Clair, Fille en Aiguilles, La Myrre • H de Parfums 1740, Noir Patchouli, Tub3 Animale • Abdes Salaam Tabac, Sharif, Mecca Balsam • Slumberhouse Vikt, Baque • MDCI Invasion Barbare, Chypre Palatin • Nicolδi NY, Vie de Chateau Intense, L'Eau Mixte • Dior Leather Oud & Patchouli Imperial • Chanel Sycomore • Guerlain Derby, Songe d'un Bois d'Ete • MFK Oud Cashmere Mood • Ormonde Jayne Man

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Im excited about this! I blind purchased it too so I cant wait to get it. Montale may be back to his great scents. He went off the deep end for a while!

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Hmmmm Moon Aoud certainly sounds interesting. Fumehood, would you say it's worth a 50ml bottle?

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Parfums Raffy now carries them.
    They are in the women's section. For some strange reason they are calling them Dark Aoud Orchidee and Moon Aoud Orchidee.
    A new line from Montale perhaps?

    http://www.parfumsraffy.com/montale/montale.html
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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Quote Originally Posted by Zubbbrastyle View Post
    Hmmmm Moon Aoud certainly sounds interesting. Fumehood, would you say it's worth a 50ml bottle?
    Hey Zubbra...

    That's hard to say. It depends on whether you have other Montales. The DARK AOUD is quite unique in the line, so I jumped on that one and have no regrets. It it the darkest woody scent that I own and I continue to very much enjoy it (though I don't particularly like it more than Amouage's memoir, which has a more interesting opening and gradual evolution in the direction of Dark Aoud).

    As for Moon Aoud, I'm happy with 20ml promo bottle, but don't know that I'll be looking to replace this as long as I have a similar scents from Montale (and I have a few). Perhaps something not made clear above is that the medicinal oud IS at the forefront, making this another band-aid-y blend (ala BLACK AOUD, though not as bombastic and ever-lasting). You might welcome the wearability of something NOT so powerful. It's a good blend. Other notes mentioned previously are what I find when I go hunting around that central accord of oud.

    So test it first. And if you have room for another Montale oud (aoud), you might look toward the moon :-)
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    Thanks for your great review Fumehood. You make me miss Moon

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Both sound really interesting. I am making a trip to Scentbar and this weekend and hope to find these. Would you consider Moon Aoud a gourmand then? I was planning on getting Bond No. 9 New Haarlem but am intrigued now that I hear Moon Aoud has a coffee note... would you say it is sweet?
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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Quote Originally Posted by FumeHood View Post
    Hey Zubbra...

    That's hard to say. It depends on whether you have other Montales. The DARK AOUD is quite unique in the line, so I jumped on that one and have no regrets. It it the darkest woody scent that I own and I continue to very much enjoy it (though I don't particularly like it more than Amouage's memoir, which has a more interesting opening and gradual evolution in the direction of Dark Aoud).

    As for Moon Aoud, I'm happy with 20ml promo bottle, but don't know that I'll be looking to replace this as long as I have a similar scents from Montale (and I have a few). Perhaps something not made clear above is that the medicinal oud IS at the forefront, making this another band-aid-y blend (ala BLACK AOUD, though not as bombastic and ever-lasting). You might welcome the wearability of something NOT so powerful. It's a good blend. Other notes mentioned previously are what I find when I go hunting around that central accord of oud.

    So test it first. And if you have room for another Montale oud (aoud), you might look toward the moon :-)
    Hey Fumehood! Thanks for the in-depth response. I actually took the plunge before this response and ordered myself a 50ml Moon Aoud with a 50ml Black Aoud (and free 20ml Red Aoud)...should be arriving today!

    Can't wait!!!!!!!!!

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    I actually think you'll like Moon, the opening was a little weird, but once it had settled down it was really very interesting....

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    They both sound very interesting, I look forward to testing them.
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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Dark Aoud is a joke. Pure unadulterated crap. Sampled yesterday and today. Watered down nothing. Lasts and lasts, my a**.I'm convinced Black Aoud was just pure luck for Montale. He hasn't created much since then. If you like Bleu de Chanel, this may be for you.

    Why? What's the correlation? Answer - You've got bad taste.

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    Oh, thebeck. You're always so "unadulterated" in shitting on everything and everyone. But I do have to say, I like it. Despite the tell-it-like-it-is bulldozing, I will continue to appreciate your perspectives on scent and even occasionally share in some of your bad taste. (Like thinking that BLACK AOUD is ok to wear among the general public)

    Still, I feel better in commending DARK AOUD as something sufficiently potent, lasting, and beautiful (if in a simple and linear way) as long as I remind myself that you were the nose that can't detect OPUS IV after 30 minutes and snored at Memoir, so perhaps that "good taste" in viewing Black Aoud, Homage, and Absolue Por Le Soir as every-day scents is starting to burn out those Hippie Nostrils.
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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Paper Moon,

    Bond's New Haarlem is its own gourmand beast (though it always smells more like pancakes and syrup to me than coffee... the note is really far more Starbuck's Caramel Double-Fat Latte than true Dark-Roast Brazilian Santos). As for the Montale, I wouldn't compare the two at all. Moon Aoud is not sweet - but somewhat pungent and medicinal (and the more experience I have with it, the less I would tend to call it a gourmand). The coffee is subtle.

    Despite my general annoyance with Bond's Superiority complex and my swearing that I'll never buy anything again (resist the Harrod's Oud fanfare, resist the Harrod's Oud fanfare, he coaches himself), I do like New Haarlem - but prefer Histoires de Parfum's 1740. Try that before you dish out for NH.
    Having Simultaneous Affairs with: Amouage Memoir Man, Fate Man, Interlude Man, Epic Extrait (yep... the femme version), Tribute, Homage, Opus IV, VI, & VII • Puredistance M, Black • Tauer L'Air & Carillon pour un Ange • Knize Ten Golden • L'Artisan Al Oudh, Traversee du Bosphore, Dzing! • TF Noir de Noir • Xerjoff Homme, Richwood, Regio, 1861, 1888, Zafar • Serge Lutens MKK, Gris Clair, Fille en Aiguilles, La Myrre • H de Parfums 1740, Noir Patchouli, Tub3 Animale • Abdes Salaam Tabac, Sharif, Mecca Balsam • Slumberhouse Vikt, Baque • MDCI Invasion Barbare, Chypre Palatin • Nicolδi NY, Vie de Chateau Intense, L'Eau Mixte • Dior Leather Oud & Patchouli Imperial • Chanel Sycomore • Guerlain Derby, Songe d'un Bois d'Ete • MFK Oud Cashmere Mood • Ormonde Jayne Man

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    Dark Aoud is a joke. Pure unadulterated crap. Sampled yesterday and today. Watered down nothing. Lasts and lasts, my a**.I'm convinced Black Aoud was just pure luck for Montale. He hasn't created much since then. If you like Bleu de Chanel, this may be for you.

    Why? What's the correlation? Answer - You've got bad taste.
    man, are you losing it!
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    I received my 50ml Moon Aoud last week (as well my 50ml Black Aoud and 20ml Red Aoud, mmmmmmmmmm). Moon Aoud is gorgeous. I haven't had a fragrance change so much on my skin like Moon Aoud does.

    I get the sharp medicinal opening which then transforms into the creamy saffron - aoud scent and a slight coffee-like scent which lingers back and forth on my skin (for 14 hours or so).

    All in all I love it. And, even better, my friend who is definitely not a fragrance guru, complimented me on my taste of fragrance when he got into my car the other day. And I had none other than Moon Aoud on.

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    Hmmmm, I'm starting to think I need to sample these asap. Please write your review if anyone else has sampled these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
    Hmmmm, I'm starting to think I need to sample these asap. Please write your review if anyone else has sampled these.
    +1 on my list of things to do

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    For me Moon aoud comes second after Black aoud.
    My top 16:

    1. Joop! - Homme 2. Puredistance - M
    3. Tom Ford - Tobacco vanille 4. Tom Ford - Neroli portofino
    5. Tauer - L'air de desert marocaine 6. Armani Privι - Ambre orient
    7. Bond - Harrod's oud 8. Amouage - Jubilation XXV
    9. Parf. Brόckner - Aoud 1 10. Clive Christian - X
    11.Xerjoff - Regio 12. Lush - Breath of God
    13. M.Micaleff - Art collec. 102 14. Armani Privι - Figuier eden
    15. Nasomatto - Pardon 16. Heeley - Oranges and lemons ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by boosh View Post
    +1 on my list of things to do
    I got my sample of Moon Aoud today. It's definitely growing on me. What did you think about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
    I got my sample of Moon Aoud today. It's definitely growing on me. What did you think about it?
    Being from the UK, I have to wait at least 7 painful days before I get my samples from LS! First in Fragrance are great but it works out cheaper on LS.

    Anyway, I'm still waiting on my Moon Aoud! I'm hoping that it will confirm to me what "aoud" actually smells like.

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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    I finally got to try these. Dark Aoud is very dark, linear and quite heavy. After the opening choke and blowback of pepper,oud, leather and saffron the beast calms down and the various notes get some separation to show the harmony. I see a slight resemblence to Killian Pure Oud. The base has leather and vetiver thus keeping it on the cool side. Not much warmth in this one. It is a very masculine, dark, satisfying scent that is not for everybody; but it has some balls on it. And it doesn't smell too bad, you have to look past the first 5 minutes because it can be very potent. I will try it again tomorrow to see if I can talk myself into a bottle, but probably not.

    Moon Aoud is much more subtle than Dark Aoud, and I think a better fragrance than Black Aoud for a rose oud. It is well named because the coolness of vetiver and leather gives the saffron/rose/oud note a cold midnight air background. There might also be some synthetic cedar in there - I like the affect. Happy to find a touch of of amber to give it body and warmth that is lacking in Dark Aoud. I liked this too quite a bit - even more than Golden Aoud which was my favorite saffron/rose/oud from Montale. This one is a keeper I think.

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    Just trying both right now.

    First thing I noticed is the almost chocolaty accord coming from Dark Aoud which makes this one extremely interesting. Does anyone else get this gourmand-like quality? This accord dances very nicely with the vetiver, which is nicely done. In fact this is one of the best vetivers I have smelled. I would certainly not call Dark Aoud "linear" it has a decent amount of development. From quite a harsh oud opening, which I quite enjoyed (I like loud oud notes) to a soft spicy vetiver-oud-sandalwood which has great sillage and projection. I'd say this is definitely worth trying. Overall very enigmatic, I feel this fragrance may reveal more to me on further wearings.

    As for Moon Aoud, very boring in my opinion. Smells like a decent soap, too clean cut for my liking. Was expecting the rose to come out of its shell a little later on, but it stays very subtle and smooth. Perhaps too subtle for my liking. I was expecting the richness of the rose note to dance in the moonlight of the oud.


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    Wow, has your opinion changed any? I think Moon Aoud is supposed to change quite a bit while wearing it, you might want to give it another chance. It has an awful lot of notes in it for it to just smell like soap. I'll probably sample Dark Aoud and Oud Cuir d'Arabie next and get a bottle of the one I like best.

    Quote Originally Posted by boosh View Post
    Just trying both right now.

    First thing I noticed is the almost chocolaty accord coming from Dark Aoud which makes this one extremely interesting. Does anyone else get this gourmand-like quality? This accord dances very nicely with the vetiver, which is nicely done. In fact this is one of the best vetivers I have smelled. I would certainly not call Dark Aoud "linear" it has a decent amount of development. From quite a harsh oud opening, which I quite enjoyed (I like loud oud notes) to a soft spicy vetiver-oud-sandalwood which has great sillage and projection. I'd say this is definitely worth trying. Overall very enigmatic, I feel this fragrance may reveal more to me on further wearings.

    As for Moon Aoud, very boring in my opinion. Smells like a decent soap, too clean cut for my liking. Was expecting the rose to come out of its shell a little later on, but it stays very subtle and smooth. Perhaps too subtle for my liking. I was expecting the richness of the rose note to dance in the moonlight of the oud.


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    Default Re: review - Dark Aoud and Moon Aoud

    If Black Aoud , is a mysterious vampire, Dark Aoud is a werewolf, its raw , masculine, and incredibly powerful , even giving BA , a run for its money on my skin. There is little evolution with this one , its starts of with this bitter chocolate notes and morphs into a blend of mysore sandalwood and oudh, which gives it a very stark, powerful , minimalistic vibe.
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