Hello Olfactoria’s Travelers,
A split I was part of a while ago that turned out to be a fave for a while and then the decant got put in a box and ignored. Well, I’ve resurrected it lately: Aoud Cuir d’Arabie by Montale. The Montale range is really enjoyable for me. I love their outrageous openings and sultry hearts. Of course, I’m not afraid of fragrances with size, he he he, though this particular fragrance is only enormous at the start…
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Fragrantica gives only these featured accords in one line:
Tobacco, birch, leather, oudh.
I love the leather and medicine opening and in Aoud Cuir d’Arabie. Here we have a great example of a scent that provides a Band-Aid analogy but it wears as a hint rather than the focus. The hefty nod to a tannery dries the top of my mouth with its pungency: ie. my dream of a tannery, which is clearly a Disney version with a bunch of strapping, muscled, hairy chested tanners singing an ooompapa song about how hard their lives are and how the girls don’t like them because they stink.
The whole opening sequence is not for the faint hearted but totally enjoyable. Basically all the notes we are given are there front and center at the start. I found this great nude bikers picture and Aoud Cuir d’Arabie is the scent of one of these leather bike seats after a heavy day of nude riding.
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My feeling when wearing Aoud Cuir d’Arabie is that I am wearing way too much fragrance. It seems like I’m enveloped in cloud of it and that every person in a 5 km radius must be thinking, “EEEEW, that bitch smells like a toilet in a smoky tar pit” but it seems that though it has excellent sillage and more than moderate projection no one felt overwhelmed.
People that smell me get a warm floral leather fragrance, one person I asked saying pretty! My skin gives Aoud Cuir d’Arabie a sweetness that does not show on my BFF Kath’s skin, on her it is a more raunchy leather/oudh centric fragrance, still beautiful and interesting but less sweet tobacco. Now we are talking well worn leather that has taken on the scent of humanity and lost the edge of industrial whatever it is they use to make it leather.
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Nowadays in the morning after a wear I can still smell the remnants. Aoud Cuir d’Arabie ends up much sweeter at the end and though they’re not mentioned I get some musks along with sweet tobacco and some very soft warm resins that could be the oudh remnants, or it could be some labdanum, there is something sweet there at the end anyway.
Have you tried Aoud Cuir d’Arabie by Montale? Are leather and oudh your thing?
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I have written about Aoud Cuir d’Arabie by Montale before at Perfume Posse, this review is based loosely on that review.