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    Default Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    I recently bought 3 montale bottles from some online website, red aoud, dark aoud, sweet oriental dream.
    Both RA and SOD are very strong and long lasting, but the DA is a bit strange, it felt very airy and medicinal and weak, 2 hours and it's gone unless I sniff my wrist close.

    Also the packaging for DA is strange too, came in a golden box and golden bottle (without the dark circle on the bottle).

    My guessing would be that the golden bottle of DA is reformulated version, does anyone has the same golden bottle Dark aoud ?

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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    I tried the bottle with the black circles and it smelled extremely weak and dull as well. Basically a faint dry cedar aromachemical with some lame light spices.
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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    Hell and damnation!

    Kindly Warning!!: Do not buy dark aoud anymore, not what it used to be (in those amazing youtube reviews), the risk is very high that you will end up with an weak version!!

    I wish we have a list of watered down montales.
    Here is the first one: Dark Aoud

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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    NOOOOOOO

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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    Will have to go steady on the trigger with my room-filling bottle I currently have
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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    Have never seen Dark Aoud without the black circles before. Perhaps new packaging?
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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Have never seen Dark Aoud without the black circles before. Perhaps new packaging?
    I have seen one Dark Aoud sold on Ebay has the same box as mine, and the scent smells legit, just weak.

    And also there are stickers bar code on the bottle and box, but the stickers look exactly the same on all my three bottles. which is very weird.

    And I bought them on discount, also I found strawberrynet also have many Montales discounted.

    So in general, a lot of discounts on web shops, varying packaging, identical bar code stickers, watered down juice. There must be something happening inside the company I suspect.

    Hope they will sort it out soon, I preciate Montale and what they are doing.

    I heard that Mancera starts to water down their scents as well, like this sand aoud.

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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    Well I bought Original Aoud about a month ago. Though not available anymore from the official webshop I could find it at a reasonable price in the US. It lasts only 2 hours... I dob't understand this at all. Since it has been discontinued it should have nuclear strength as it's supposed to be an "older" Montale. Anyway, it's a complete bummer and I'm very skeptical about further orders. Maybe I should mail the Montale webshop with my story?

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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    Quote Originally Posted by TLS View Post
    Well I bought Original Aoud about a month ago. Though not available anymore from the official webshop I could find it at a reasonable price in the US. It lasts only 2 hours... I dob't understand this at all. Since it has been discontinued it should have nuclear strength as it's supposed to be an "older" Montale. Anyway, it's a complete bummer and I'm very skeptical about further orders. Maybe I should mail the Montale webshop with my story?
    can I ask how much you paid for one bottle (100ml ?)?

    I found a lot discounts here in Europe at around 70 euros per 100ml, but again the price on their website is also around 80-120 euros, this sounds like in the range of a good designer house. Did they lowered their price in the past several years?

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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guowei View Post
    can I ask how much you paid for one bottle (100ml ?)?

    I found a lot discounts here in Europe at around 70 euros per 100ml, but again the price on their website is also around 80-120 euros, this sounds like in the range of a good designer house. Did they lowered their price in the past several years?
    I paid 109€ all costs included. Webshop stated it would be shipped from the US but if I remember correctly it had an address from Sweden on the box.

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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    I bought mine few months ago, 100ml with circles, and got suprised by kinda weak projection but the longevity on this one is great.
    Although recently I was meeting with my friend in a restaurant and I was there first waiting for him. When he arrived he told me he smelled me since he entered restaurant even before he was able to see me. Rather small restaurant but not much fragrances from my collection would be able to fill it. It gave me a nice reassurance, but then my friend told me he didn't really like it. I love it though.
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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    OK, now thinking about this reformulation thing, it might not be that bad, it now seems to become too religious. Maybe it's weaker or paler or a little different from its former self, but why then linger on it, let it go and just enjoy what you have now. If you keep thinking that its kind of "fake" or they cheated you then it may ruin the rest of 70% of the goodness as well. All in all, its not super expensive and it's unique and last over 6 hours, and it's just a scent, now if you give me a fragrance that lasts 2 days on me, it just becomes another problem, I may never wear it, or what if I want to wear 2 different scent in two days whithout changing my clothes.

    I have wasted enough time on doing research on this shit, maybe it's wiser to just let it go.

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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guowei View Post
    Did they lowered their price in the past several years?
    Yes. The original regular retail price of a 100ml was $210 US. Now, the retail for the same size is $170 US
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    Default Re: Montale Dark Aoud in a complete golden bottle ?

    I bought mine 3-4 yrs back & it's with circles & it's a beast - 2 sprays only for 12-18 longevity & easily 8+hrs projection. Thankfully I bought the few Montale's I needed before the reformulations happened...
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