Commenting on my post on Tuesday about Christian Dior Leather Oud, Fernando wrote after being frustrated by Dior’s website and the clueless SA’s at the Boston Dior Boutique he was turning to the Montale. I agree. The earlier Montale has the same four notes (oud, tobacco, leather and woods) but the volume is turned up.
Smelled side-by-side with the Dior, Leather Oud seems wan and rather pinched, the cedar feeling more Faber than fabulous. The Montale’s tobacco has the moist fattiness of the good stuff fresh from Dunhill, the leather full, rich and aniline dyed, the wood hand-polished and the oud is, well, oudier. Writing that this is no way overpowering and in no way unfeminine. Birkin bags are leather after all.
I do like the Dior mind you. I like Montale’s earlier more full bodied take on the same four notes better. Thanks Fernando for reminding me.
$150 for 50ML at the usual suspects, available easily online. My sample is from my bottle.
photo: Lady Gaga with her scribbled-on Birkin Bag. Oh, the Hermanity! I think she raffled it off, or gave it to a fan or sent it to the moon or something….well, it’s hers to do with as she would but my heart is swimming in blood…