Own and like both.
The only difference between MA and DA is 2 notes. Remove Teak and Black Pepper from DA and replace it with Patchouli and a sterile Rose. These notes work for me and gives Moon Aoud more overall character. Moon Aoud is well blended, the dry downs are very similar, having almost identical notes. The rose makes MA polarizing and interesting and not so drab. I enjoy them both but prefer Moon Aoud of the two.
Moon Aoud: Saffron, Rose, Oud, Vetiver, Patchouli, Leather, Sandalwood, Amber
Dark Aoud: Sandalwood, Oud, Black Pepper, Saffron, Vetiver, Teak, Leather, Grey Amber
Own and like both.
Both of these sound like winners.
Moon Aoud is Dark Aouds happy alter ego lol.
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Aoud Lime was much nicer than I expected also, and was a close contender for a bottle.
I really should order samples from perfumesraffy for some Montales. I've been intrigued by the line for a while, specifically Moon Aoud.
I eagerly anticipated sampling Dark Aoud after reading some threads here etolling it's virtues. I was disappointed but now I find myself anticipating Moon Aoud with the same eagerness.
Well, Moon Aoud sucks and you're wrong.
I'm kidding! I don't completely agree though, since I found Moon Aoud rather weird and powdery, but then again I wasn't the biggest fan of Dark Aoud to begin with. To say the least, Moon is interesting. In my opinion, the best of the bunch are Black Aoud, Wild Aoud, and Red Aoud (the last, I only smelled recently. AMAZING!!)
Moon Aoud is Dark Aoud with sterile rose, unlike all the other roses that i have smelled from Montale, and a small bit of rich patchouli, to sweeten it. Dark Aoud is almost barbaric and one of the most masculine fragrances I have ever come across.
thanks for the tip....I was leaning towards Dark Aoud but it sounds like I need to sample Moon Aoud first.
Isn't that curious. My first experience with Moon Aoud reminded me of the deodorant puck you find in men's urinals in public washrooms. I couldn't wash it off fast enough...literally, as I was about four hours from a shower. Oh well, I still have the sample. Maybe I'll give it another go.
Own Dark, will be buying Moon soon, I still prefer the Dark though. Of the entire line, Aoud Lime gets me the MAXIMUM # of female compliments...One female colleague actually told me she wanted to stand by me and smell me the whole day - I am not making this up...