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Red Aoud (2008)
by Montale

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Red Aoud information

Year of Launch2008
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 172 votes)

People and companies

HouseMontale
PerfumerPierre Montale

About Red Aoud

Red Aoud is a shared / unisex perfume by Montale. The scent was launched in 2008 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Montale

Red Aoud fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Red Aoud

Firstly the downside. This reminds me of Black Aoud. Black Aoud is a scent that I really dislike.

So onto the upside. The rose is not as prominent as BA and it also has the welcome addition of iris and a slight fruity vibe. So therefore I do like it more than BA.

Overall this is just not my bag!!

I will add that this stuff is nuclear. And I mean NUCLEAR. IT will last for 24 hours with solid projection. As for clothes?? Let's not go there!!!
28th May, 2019
I find something very offputting about the first stage of Montale's fragrances: the initial sprays are so synthetic, harsh and abrasive that it discolors the entire experience. It's very unenjoyable. Nowhere in the line is there a bigger offender than Red Aoud. The opening metallic blast (Iso-E-Super?) overshadows everything for a solid 15-30 minutes, and ultimately it dries down to a more enjoyable chocolate-dark floral combination. I don't find there to be anything special about the drydown, it's very typical of a chocolate-rose combination scent, which can be found in any line without the wretched opening. Speaking of, that metallic scent doesn't completely disappear at any point: it lingers on as a note concurrent with the powdery-rose overtones.

It projects plenty (above average), although longevity is nothing special: 4 hours tops on my skin. Rumors of days-long lasting power don't ring true for me, speaking perhaps to a reformulation. Who knows. Thankfully, I can wash it off of my skin. Leans masculine overall.

Rather expensive for something that smells remarkably cheap: save your money for better things.

4/10
05th March, 2019 (last edited: 06th March, 2019)
Oh wow, Montale's Red Aoud is a no-nonsense agarwood formulation that needs discretion in application.

Fragrance notes:
[Top] - agarwood (oud), pepper
[Heart] - saffron, rose, cumin
[Base] - orris root, vetiver, sandalwood


Red Aoud is a thick, heavy rose-centered oud scent that works really well ESPECIALLY if you limit sprays to two at the most. Saffron is also quite prominent in this EdP strength potion, adding an exotic, leathery floral hit within this fiery formulation.

Red Aoud leans masculine and gives the wearer a long, long pleasant oud ride. As each of Montale's "Aoud" flankers are very distinctive in highlighting different aspects of the agarwood experience, I would highly recommend trying sample decants of a number of them until you can pinpoint the one that fits YOU best.

26th August, 2018
Montale Red Aoud

This with no doubt is the Strongest frag in my collection.
But it is kinda addictive, Biscuit sweet opening, and it starts to fill the room as soon as it leaves the bottle. I got compliments on the 6th hour of putting at most two sprays.

Depending on the situation.... One spray is sometimes over cooking this Cookie gourmand frag.

You defo get your bang for your buck here.
Although I do Adore this, I ware it sparingly because it is 100% beast

Smell 10
Longevity 10
Sillage 10

Infact.... This is stronger than that. Awesome juice. Two thumbs up.
08th February, 2018
First fragrance from several samples from the Montale line and this is not for me in the least. WOW super floral with some sweetness and a soapy vibe. Leans way feminine and towards the dry down does become more sweet and powdery. Glad I got a sample first. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY if you don't like florals.
31st May, 2017
Late in my visit to the Montale shop, when I had already greedily pounced on a few cans and was subsequently attempting to be an angel of restraint, I was introduced to Red Aoud. The charming shop assistant sprayed some on a strip and said that she loved the feel of roasted tonka about it. And I could see where she was going with that that striking gourmand accord which wears on the skin like toasted brioche or even crumbly almondy cake is the most remarkable thing about it. Its a real caresser and I almost bought it then, but I was suffering from perfume relativism after having smelled so much, and so desisted.
Now, nearly a year later, Ive got around to sampling it and that lovely toasted accord is still the most striking thing about it. We are so used to tonka as a dab of something indistinctly sweet in our perfumes that it is useful to remember the smell of the real thing which has depths and a dark halva-like richness the difference is like that between vanilla sugar and a cloven pod of the real thing. I know tonka isnt in the declared notes but roast tonka is what seems to surge up from Red Aouds base and I likes it.
The rest of Red Aoud I like less the rose smells cheapo and screechy and is quite discordant at the opening until it settles somewhat, the oud is non-descript and somewhat shy, the other woody notes are generic and the spicing particularly saffron which I adore just refuses to make itself known on my skin. So weve got the phenomenal voice of the central gourmand accord surrounded by a band of rather untalented musicians. I cant make my peace with that.
18th March, 2016

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