Montale Black Aoud is another rose oud fragrance going for that exotic harem image. Excuse me, but isn’t that the entire point of Montale? Being that I tend to like Orientalist perfumes, I had to give Black Aoud a try. I do like it even though it’s less heavy on the woods. Black Aoud should of been named Black Rose. Regardless, it’s “noir” and I like it.
Black Aoud wears very rose on me. It reminds me of many of the unlabeled rose oils that I have from Persian markets except with a little bit of leather. Black Aoud becomes a classic lemon-rose with a hint of garden greeness. Black Aoud’s middle stages are pretty, proper rose with a blast of camphoric, medicinal oud. This mixes with some leatheriness. And then I get incense, a powdered incense. The dry-down, seriously like after 13 hours of wear, is soft woods and powdered incense. You’ll either love or hate this fragrance.
By Kilian Rose Oud wears much more jammy and more gourmand that Black Aoud. So, Rose Oud has more of richness, almost gummy. Black Aoud is “powdery” to me, not sticky. It wears lighter on me. Black Aoud is like a talc while Rose Oud is like an oil.
Give Montale Black Aoud a try if you like woodsy rose fragrances or scents like Kilian Rose Oud, Juliette Has A Gun Midnight Oud, and all of the other Montale Aouds. Black Aoud is easily unisex. Even though it has rose, it seems to lean more towards the masculine end of the spectrum. No doubt about it, Black Aoud is dark and has depth.
Notes listed include red rose, aoud, labdanum, and sandalwood.
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $120 on Amazon.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A “noir” rose with camphoric oud and incense. Think more rose than oud. It’s good, long-wearing stuff with max sillage. But, I’m going to spend more time with the Montale Aouds before diving into purchasing a bottle. Many of the Montale Aouds are very, very similar.
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