The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


Montale White Aoud

WHITE-AOUD-300x300WHAT I SMELL:  There is something very disconcerting about the opening of a Montale fragrance.  I have noted many to be start off being  plastic and artificial like they were conceived from a test tube rather than through a perfumer’s nose and hands.  White Aoud is no exception; it covers your skin like a latex glove that has a slight powder inside that allows you to slip them on easily.  The saffron is evident as it tugs with the plastic which finally after a good while starts to give way to a pretty rose.  However, I would not call this a “rose” fragrance, it’s far more complex than that as the agarwood and cardamon mix and start to spice things up a bit.  But the journey does not to end there… what starts off as a latex glove turns finally into a lovely lightly powdered vanilla and patchouli floral beauty.  It’s very comforting and very pretty, but not so much so that it doesn’t also work for a man.

White Aoud Notes:  Rose of Damascus, saffron, agarwood, cardamom, jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood from Mysore, amber, vetiver, vanilla and labdanum.

tina turnerWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome.  She’s a woman living in a world ruled by petroleum and White Auod feels like it’s derived from petroleum.  Even though it’s derived from petroleum, it’s the perfect solution from getting away from the grit and dirt.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE WHITE AOUD:  artificially pretty, soft, strong

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT WHITE AOUD: Perfume Smellin Things, The Scentuary, Now Smell This

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental  Floral WoodyMusk
  • Classification: Feminine – but easily worn by a man
  • Expense: $110 for 50ml EdP

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Black Aoud by Montale

You would think that a scent that I would describe as going on as smelling like plastic and burning rubber would be a scent that I wouldn’t recommend.  Well… when I first put this on, I was ready to wash it off right away.  But as you know, things can change as time passes and indeed this is one of those times.  I walked into work about 45 minutes after I applied this perfume and no sooner than I was in the door (I hadn’t even had time to remove my coat), did a co-worker lean over and ask me what I was wearing because it smelled so wonderful.  Go figure.  So in about an hour, I went from smelling like an old tire to smelling delicious.  And yes, once the fragrance opened up, it turned into a lovely warm and musky rose scent.  And don’t get scared of the idea of roses, this is not the kind of rose scent that your grandmother wore.  Overall, it’s a very distinctive and original scent.  In addition, it’s a scent that lasts all day.  I’m just not sure that it’s a scent for me…but I’ll give it some time and will definitely give it another try; old tire smell and all!

From the Montale Website:

A magnificent Cambodian Aoud blended with Indonesian Patchouli leaves over a combination of Mandarin, Musk and Rose petals.

  • Bone Rating:   3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  musk, rose, patchouli
  • Classification:  Unisex
  • Expense:   Moderately expensive – $110 for 50ml eau de parfum