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    Default Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    Iīm really interested in that brand as Iīm slowly discovering that I like rich, deep, warm oriental fragrances. I really loved Armanis Oud Royal, however I only get poor longevity out of it On the other hand, I disliked Kilians Pure Oud (burned rubber on my skin) and Oud Wood (smelled exactly like fir (!) on my skin, couldnīt stand it). I liked Incense Oud and Amber Oud.
    Montale has so many fragrances and their website is of no help either - when I select "around the aoud", it still lists 28 fragrances. So is there a key to find my way through them? I donīt really know where to start...

    It seems I like oud combined with saffron and woods as long as itīs got a warm, semi-sweet base. A few recommendations on where to start?

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    I like Black Oud.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    Too many good ones to list in their aoud line. Aoud Musk might be a place to start.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    The Montale ouds have a common base, a very woody, sharp, almost cedary oud reconstruction, to which they add other notes. If you like saffron, Lime Aoud has it, and I'd say it's one of those that smell smoother and warmer, relative to the big woody punch of others.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    I'd recommend reding the notes on Luckyscent. it's an easy organized way of doing it.
    If you like saffron try Aoud Lime.
    I highly recommend:
    Black, Red, and White Aoud.
    Oud Cuir d'Arabie
    Attar
    Dark Aoud
    Incense Aoud
    Aoud Roses Petals (more feminine)

    From the non-oud line, try Grayland, Fougere Marine, Musk to Musk.

    It's a prolific house and you may not like everything but one can't say they're not interesting.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    Get a few samples and try them out. If you don't like them, there's little reason to explore the rest of the line. They are all micro variations of the same scent.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Get a few samples and try them out. If you don't like them, there's little reason to explore the rest of the line. They are all micro variations of the same scent.
    This is true. However there are a few surprise punches in the Aoud line, such as Red Aoud, that buck their own trend a bit.

    I would say take JiveHippo's advice and try the following:

    Black Aoud
    Dark Aoud
    Red Aoud
    Wild Aoud
    Aoud Musk
    Black Musk


    You'll get a rough idea of what you're playing with.
    Last edited by Partario; 1st February 2013 at 10:32 PM.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    I have 4 from the House of "Aoud-Powerhouse"

    1. Black Aoud
    2. Aoud Cuir d'Arabie
    3. Full Incense
    4. Sweet Oriental Dream

    In terms of longevity and projection you can't beat Montale, period!

    Smell wise, Black Aoud is gorgeous and regrettably I don't find many occasions to wear Montales purely because of loudness but half-spray application could potentially solve that problem.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Get a few samples and try them out. If you don't like them, there's little reason to explore the rest of the line. They are all micro variations of the same scent.
    I couldn't agree more.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    For me the best one was Red Vetiver Montale

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    Just follow the yellow brick aoud...

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    Sniff out the following then you'll know what the aoud line of Montale is all about. There are a lot of scents in their aoud line but they all smells similar to each other
    Black Aoud
    Red Aoud
    Aoud Flowers
    Attar

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    If you like saffron oud fragrances I would definitely try Montale's White Aoud. It is my favorite of his Aouds that I have tried so far and it is pretty much exactly what you described above. I second the comment about your trying Black Aoud as well since it has a nice rose opening and is my 2nd favorite Aoud of Montale's. His Aouds are so different and varying it's hard to say what you would like best. I will say that if you try his White Aoud and like it then you may also like his Red Aoud as they seem very similar to me but different enough to sample them both.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    I get a feeling that he is using high quality ingredients and that he has some interesting concepts, but the compositions aren't good enough. Somehow unfinished, crude and rough around the edges. If only some really skilled perfumer would be doing what he is doing.

    Aoud Cuir d'Arabie is the most interesting in my view.

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    Default Re: Having a hard time finding my way through Montale...

    Thanks for all of those recommendations. I went with samples of Moon Aoud, White Aoud, Dark Aoud, Aoud Musk and Aoud Safran. Iīm really curious...

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