Dirty Dealings: Montale Black Aoud
I guess I am the wrong person to be writing about Montale Black Aoud, because I can't tell if it's good or bad, if I love it or hate it. I don't know what's going on, in the bottle or in my nose. So let's look at it systematically:
|Lots of fresh and dried roses||Possibly too many roses (there is such a thing)|
|Real patchouli||Real stinky patchouli|
|Labdanum||Not enough labdanum|
|Can clear your sinuses||Can clear the room|
|Attractive bottle||Unattractive contents|
It's very simple, almost simplistic: Rose rose rose, rank dirty patchouli that reminds one of insufficient bathing, medicinal oud, and a little dab of labdanum to try (and fail) to take the edge off all of that. It's tremendously interesting, though not entirely pleasant, and in very small doses it's contained, close to the skin, and perversely appealing. In larger quantities? A nightmare. I would hate to have dinner with someone who sprayed this with a heavy hand.