The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

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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


Rose d’Homme by Les Parfums de Rosine

One of the hardest things about loving scents is that since you are dealing with something that cannot be seen, you have to sometimes take a leap of faith and purchase a scent that might sound interesting to you and hope that it works out.  I don’t remember where I read about this fragrance but it really piqued my interest; a rose fragrance for men!  I asked for and received a bottle for Christmas.  I am happy to say that I am in love with this fragrance.  When initially applied you smell the rose, but then as it starts to dry you have a very warm leather scent.  I was worried that it would be too feminine, but it isn’t in the least.  It is one of those scents that you won’t smell for a while and then all of a sudden you’ll catch a whiff of the warmth of the scent.  It really is a happy surprise!  Also note, that this is an eau de Parfum rather than cologne.  And for a parfum it’s pretty reasonable in cost.

The following is from the Les Parfums de Rosine website:

The man who wears it belongs to a new generation of men: sophisticated, multi sensorial and free to choose his own elegance. Rose d’Homme is made with the famous “rose note” created by Rosine. It belongs to the olfactory family: Woody rose.

The perfume was created by Marie-Hélène Rogeon and François Robert in 2005.
It is sophisticated, surprising and vibrant. Rose d’Homme is not composing on a classical structure Head/Heart/Base. The Vetyver-Lavender base is combined with the opulent Rosine Rose and: Citrus, Bergamot, Patchouli, Vanilla, Herbal notes, Jasmine, Tangerine and Leather.