Montale – Red Aoud

Perfume: Red Aoud
Perfumer: Montale
Source: The Perfume Court
Size: 1mL

Perfume Court Notes: aoud, pepper, iris, saffron, cumin, Haitian vetiver and Mysore sandalwood

Date: 4/1/08 Weather: 55 degrees, drizzly

Comments: Starts with that strong, off nutty note. Also roses. Instead of vanilla for the Loukhoum – wood. Thankfully, the nutty note burns off a bit after 5 minutes and becomes more rose and oud – but it’s still underneath. I need to figure out what that chemical is (shared by Ava Luxe Loukhoum) so that I can avoid it in future perfumes. In 10 minutes – the nutty notes burn off entirely (thank goodness) and there is more saffron and woods with the rose and a hint of greenery. 15 minutes – picks up a citrus note and the aoud burns off. 20 minutes – the aoud returns. 25 minutes – the weird almond note returns (damn). 35 minutes – the weird almond note, roses and oud. 45 minutes – slightly sweeter roses and oud. The weirdness of the almond note seems to have burned off – leaving a sweeter, almost vanillic almond. The scent settles here for awhile. 3 hours in – very faint oud and cinnamon. Much fainter than I would have expected at this point. Completely gone in 6 hours.

Date: 7/4/08 Weather: 80 degrees, drizzly

Comment: Love the drydown on this one. Baklava with a hint of rosewater. Problem is – I have to sit through 90 minutes of a scrubber. That top nutty note just flat out does not agree with my skin. In every scent it appears in. Pretty upset, because I really want to love this one. The notes sound perfect. And it smells so awful on me, and telegraphs how awful it is, for such a long time.

Retired – Swap to ComDiva

Now Smell This
xcents for mind
Nathan Branch

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~ by Wendy Wickham on April 2, 2008.

2 Responses to “Montale – Red Aoud”

  1. Hi there! Stumbled upon your blog and found that we had both written thoughts on Montale’s Red Aoud 🙂 It was interesting to see how different our experiences were with the same fragrance – from the way the scent develops to its tenacity (Montales generally last forever in my case =p) Will certainly be looking forward to more of your notes on perfumes…have a good day!

  2. Generally, Montales last a long time on me. This one is an exception. I also find that there is a certain thing perfumers use for a nutty note that just does horrible, wonky things on my skin. On other people, this note works beautifully and sings on their skin. This is definitely a case of chemistry. Thanks for your comments.

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