Nice frag IMO.
I'm new to oud frags and, to be honest, I find Montale's offerings very strong and rather unpleasant. However, I decided to try a sample of Dark Aoud and, after letting it dry down, I quite like it. I wondered what your view is of this fragrance, and how closely it resembles genuine oud?
One of the best Montale's - wait for the harshness pass and for the dry down, u will appreciate this more...Its a longevity beast.
Dark Aoud is
Dry as Bones
Dark as the Moonless Night
Deep as the Abyss
One of Montale's Masterpiece & last for eternity.
***My favourite from my collection***
-------- Amouage Tribute Attar
------ Serge Lutens: Ambre Sultan
-------- Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Sycamore
------ Amouage: Fate Man
-------- Amouage: Epic Man
------ Tom Ford Private Blend: Noir de Noir
-------- Terre D'Hermès Pure Parfum
------ EDP FM: Carnal Flower
-------- Neela Vermire Creations: Trayee
------ Dior: Leather Oud
------- Hermèssence: Ambre Narguilé
Own it and love it.
It's still very nice, an hour or two in. But it's faded really quickly! I thought it would have monstrous longevity. Lovely and rich, though. Wish I could find somewhere that sells it cheap here in the UK.
my favorite oud...dark astringent, lasts for 10hrs.
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I have 50ml comeing in a week from luckysent. Total blind buy but thats ok i like most fragrences .
Wonderful fragrance. I always get kind of a Comet cleanser vibe from it but in a good way.
I just can't get over how beautiful Black Aoud actually is. And TF Noir de Noir. Sexy as hell both of these.
Dark Aoud and Black Aoud are standouts in my mind. I may like the sandalwood in DA a bit more but BA lasts a lot longer for me. A toss up cor my favorite Montale.
1a. Slumberhouse Zahd
1. Amouage Epic man
2. Dior Leather Oud
3. Amouage Tribute Attar
4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
5. Amouage Opus VII
6. Bond No.9 New York Oud
7. Norma Kamali Incense
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Astounding. Sexual. Beautiful. Dark. Intense. Sexual. Frightening. Devilish. Magnetic. Masculine. Sexual. Overpowering. Lingering. Breathtaking. Unsettling. Gorgeous. Penetrating. Alluring. Animalistic. Dizzying. Irresistible. Terrifying.
It's the spiritual odour of New York's infamous Mineshaft, circa 1980--a venue where any cologne (save amyl nitrate) was absolutely verboten! I can't smell it without feeling the "urge to merge". Use sparingly...or not! Wonderful juice, truly spectacular, and about as subtle as a hammer to the head. Not for the timid.
... And do me a favor - don't disturb my friend. He's dead tired.
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Mating agarwood and sandalwood is brilliant.
Agree with others here: this one is thick, dry, resinous, dark, and very robust. It's also surprisingly easy to like, given all that. I have a 10ml decant and given its potency, I think that'll last me a very long time!
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The only Montale I've tried and I like it.
That back and forth between the oud and sandalwood fascinates me.
Aoud Cuir d'Arabie. It's on my test list...just haven't gotten to it yet. I shall advance it up the queue, as your question reveals some of your thoughts about it.
(I love Black Aoud too, but can't think of a single venue I'd wear it in. It goes unpurchased, but I sometimes bring the sample out when no one's around. My pleasure alone.)
Recently purchased a 100ml bottle.
Seems very dark and bitter at first like a rich chocolate oud. After wearing it for a few days you begin to realize how sweet it gets on the dry down. Not a cloying sweet but more semi sweet woods.
I am happy with my purchase but still have doubts about whether this is a scent to be worn as a fragrance or an apartment scent.
If I had the chance to swap it in for credit towards a more versatile Amouage I would.
Longevity and Sillage are good but not a beast on me.
is layering TF noir de noir with dark aoud appropriate?
Just put some on. The first few seconds tickled the right places, now it's very nice, somewhat medicinal/chemical. Wouldn't call it all that dark so far (but then I found Rien a sweet, incense scent mainly, maybe my nose doesn't work lol). Actually it may get a little darker as I type. Not bad at all. Just wish I had a spray sample not a dab on.
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Together with Aoud Cuir D'Arabie, Dark Aoud is one of my favorites from Montale. I find it very distant from original ouds oil but it's good nonetheless if you're into stark and extremely dry fragrances.
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smells like a sexy louie vaton wallet . Nuff said i like it .
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Well i feel i have to break thru the hype for a sec and recant my last post . It is kinda a weird smelling fragrence that is kinda a hard ware for me . Not a every day fragrence and i regret getting a full bottle of it. I still do like it but i dont see this getting the likes from the ladies. I fragrence fanatic will love this but its not for me. I engoy fresh outgoing fragrences more in youthfull sence. This stuff is kinda stank. Peppie le pue will love this stuff. Dont listen to the hype try before you buy this one.
I've been back and forth with this thing. At the moment I am really loving it again. It went from this "weird" dark fragrance to this really sweet woods fragrance that is addicting.
Put it down and come back to it in a few days.
I know what you mean though. Great smell but what shoes go with it...right ? LOL
My perspective on Dark Aoud has shifted a bit after trying out Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud on skin yesterday. Basically, the AdP reminded me a lot of the Montale, albeit a more-refined, quiet composition. The oud note was very similar, and in both cases it's set off against dry woods. Because I already have a decant of Dark Aoud, I'm not as tempted by the AdP as I would be, though there's a richness and sweetness in the opening (and warmed-skin moments) of the AdP that I prefer. Since trying the AdP, I see Dark Aoud as a bit rough and rowdy, certainly more baldly synthetic, and trickier to pull off. I still like it, but less is more for me.
Muhhhhhhhh what tha everyone likes this stuff on me and now im leaning back.towards the leather wallet with spice smell. I feel tottally stupid now theirs no hype this is a really amazing juice that you will have a love hate relationship with. Its like that bad girlfriend the really wild one that you break up with dump then after you dump you realize how hot she was . It finally grew on me and come to find out the women i let smell bought 2 bottles for their men . You owe me montale!!!:-P
Dark Aoud reaches out and touches yet another heart.
Anyone selling a decant?
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How does it compare with Black Aoud?
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I got a sample of this based on a recommendation from a friend here. Awful stuff. Very antiseptic, or something like that. Maybe like a bandaid with a bunch of antiseptic daubed under it on a wound. Really. My wife and one daughter (late teens) also thought it was the worst of several samples I got.
So I guess there's something about this frag that we're not getting.
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Gorgeous dark dark dark fragrance. Especially if you like sandalwood.
I love Dark Aoud and wear it most days either by itself or layered with Black Aoud. Personally I don't find either very "dark" or unwearable, it's completely addictive stuff. I find that people either love or hate montale generally.
Just got a decant of it and have been trying it on today.
It is bone dry, and the first 15-20 minutes are reminiscent of a strong machine oil, then it settles down to mostly just sandalwood. Pretty simple and straightforward.
I read a lot of reviews proclaiming "nuclear silage, projection and longevity", alas on my skin after the initial 15-20 minutes it is just skin scent. What's worse is that it's very very very close to CdG Wonderwood, which I love, but Dark Aoud on me is like 'Wonderwood Sport', very light and fleeting. Love the scent, but at least on me it is a 2-hour very light skin scent, at best.
Is there another Montale I should perhaps try, that may have at least a little more presence? As it stands now, Dark Aoud is not FBW for me - Wonderwood is about 3 times stronger and lasts about 2-3 times longer as well.
Nothing exceptional regarding oud or sandalwood. Not dark. A tedious woody thing. Slightly better than average but basically smells like furniture and a little varnish.
Still trying, though. :-)
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I've sampled it and was underwhelmed. The only Montale I've found worth owning is Black Aoud. I've only tried a few though and expect they have some good ones in their huge selection.
Funny story, though... I was on a road trip last month and visited my friends in Phoenix, AZ. Car was all dusty and dirty so I took it to a carwash place where they detailed it and put some air fresheners in the dash on the way out (little plastic clips that fit snugly in the vents). I got in the car and was like "Whoa! The detailing guy must have been wearing AdP Oud Concentrée!" It didn't hit me until a few minutes later when I pulled out one of the clips from the vent and sniffed it. The car smelled like AdP Oud Concentrée not because of the detailing guy - it was the air freshener clips! Now don't laugh, but really - when this thing dries down, the scent is a totally nice and clean leather bomb, sort of "new car smell" - and I mean that in a GOOD way. It may sound odd that a person would want to smell like "new car", but trust me, it's not that plastic-y synthetic vibe, it really is a very nice, realistic leather, very creamy and smooth, yet still refreshing with a splash of citrus. Very odd similarity between the freshener and AdP Oud Concentrée (in the drydown), but it totally works - I can see spraying the interior of my car with Oud Concentrée one day just to get the "new car/new leather" scent. A+++
I like the Dark Aoud and might snag a bottle down somewhere down the line.
As a fan of oud frags, I find Montale's Dark Aoud to be harsh and awful. I hate to smell it, much less smell like it.
Much prefer Kilian Pure Oud.
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Like it, alas the woman in my life compared it to something along the lines of the smell of a cab driver's bum cleavage.
I love it! It's dark, but not heavy. To me it has an "Eau de Cologne"-vibe.
There are only 2 Montale frags I like: Full Incense and Dark Aoud. I tried Black Aoud and it's wretched. Dark Aoud has a lot of patchouli in it, I think.
Personally I find Dark Aoud slightly boring by itself and it doesn't last as well as other Montales on my skin, therefore I tend to use it layered under Black Aoud or Full Incense and find it works beautifully that way.
Wearing it now, about 2.5 hours in - it smells like oud to me, having sampled some pure oud from Agar Aura. There's the sandalwood note but otherwise it's very close to my nose. I do not think it projects as well as real oud but that may not be a bad thing, as I think it's one of those acquired tastes.
Caveat: I'm not a big oud fan.
Tested a few scents last week while out shoping, and Dark Aoud is the one I kept returning to sniff. Just ordered a bottle, and I hope it doesn't disappoint upon longer wearing!
A while back I posted about my concerns with the amount of juice in my 100ml bottle. Montale's packaging can be so misleading.
However I've been using Dark Aoud daily for 9 weeks now. At times over spraying and I must say this bottle was worth every penny to me. I figure it cost me roughly $20 a week to wear it. Money well spent.
Unfortunately this was an older bottle with a longer lasting juice than the current ( so I've read).
Like a good bottle of champagne when it's gone it's gone. TODAY is that day.
Farewell my dear friend
Wow, quite the scent to wear as your "signature" for 9 weeks straight. I love this stuff - buying a full bottle soon. I am still a little wary of wearing it to work though.However I've been using Dark Aoud daily for 9 weeks now.
Current favorites_____Black Tourmaline_____Gucci Pour Homme II_____Armani Prive Oud Royale_____Memoir Man_____Tuscan Leather______Montale Aoud Musk______Montale Aoud and Pine_____Sel Marin_____Invasion Barbare_____Tonka Imperial____Dior Homme Intense_____L'Humaniste____Santal 33_____Bois d'Argent_____Nio_____MFK Oud_____Lumiere Noire
It's good but there are other Montales I like better.
Hmmm. Not to revive an older thread but I'm contemplating purchasing this blindly, it would be my first Montale. The descriptions sound super interesting to me. I love oud and sandalwood combinations and additionally I do like dryer fragrances. I thought Wonderwood was just ok and I typically like CdG so that is wavering me a little bit.
Anyone know the cheapest place to find a bottle?
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In either case I do not think DA is a safe blind buy even if you like "dry, dark" fragrances...
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