Aoud Cuir d’Arabie by Montale

Hello Fragrance Enthusiasts,

Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies thrilled to be in the POSSE!! Another split I have been lucky enough to be a part of lately, Aoud Cuir d’Arabie by Montale. The Montale range has been a complete surprise to me. I am enjoying their outrageous openings and sultry hearts. Of course, I’m not afraid of fragrances with size, he he he, though I expected a much bigger and more powerful punch than I got.

Aoud Cuir d’Arabie by Montale

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives only these featured accords in one line:
Tobacco, birch, leather, oudh

Stolen from PerfumeNiche because I couldn’t put it any better:
… Aoud Cuir d’Arabie. It opens with an animalic note of sweaty, worn leather combined with a medical hit of oud. Pungent, rugged and raunchy. A note of tobacco adds richness, Soon Montale’s signature rose note appears and adds a gentle floral presence. As it dries down, the leather becomes more refined; the oud softens, becomes warmer and more resinous. Together they combine to create a sexy sensuous intimate scent that stays close to the skin.

Photo Stolen kayspace

I love the leather and medicine opening, for the first time I really get the Band-Aid analogy but it seems to be a hint not a centre. That tannery flavour is here in Aoud Cuir d’Arabie by Montale’s opening and dries the top of my mouth with its pungency, I imagine this is the smell of Moroccan leather curing. Not for the faint hearted but totally enjoyable and I will wear Aoud Cuir d’Arabie to work tonight and see what reactions I get.

OK so I felt like I was in the middle of an outrageously skunkish amount of fragrance but it seems that though Aoud Cuir d’Arabie by Montale has excellent sillage and a moderate scent bubble that no one felt overwhelmed. I did have a couple of people ask what I was wearing and another one just say I smelled great, so for something I thought was quite strong and edgy it doesn’t read that way at all to the people in the general vicinity, they get a floral leather fragrance, one person I asked saying pretty! My skin gives it 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.

Kath gets hours more than my 3-5 hours too and still gets hints next morning of slightly bitter leather.

Further reading SmellyThoughts and Nathan Branch (Nathan is NOT a fan)

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Have you tried Aoud Cuir d’Arabie by Montale? How do you rate it? Are leather and oudh your thing? Please leave a comment because this is meant to be a conversation, join in!

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Have a wonderful week, wishing you only the good stuff,
Portia xx

BTW Have you seen this? Now i’m not saying it’s true but it is amusing

16 Comments
Tara C December 1, 2012

So nice to meet up with you again virtually in another venue Portia! Aoud Cuir d'Arabie came highly recommended from Basenotes but it was too much for me - I would need a lot more chest hair to wear that one! LOL

nozknoz November 30, 2012

Never tried Cuir d'Arabie or other Montales, but I LOVE these cat and dog jokes!! Also a big fan of Sharif and Via del Profumo in general. xxoo

Patty White November 30, 2012

I'm not a big fan of the Cuir d'Arabie. I found it way too harsh. i get it objectively, but it's just not me. Those are my cats and dogs, especially the pushing the crap off the counter. They work in tandem. at pushes it off of something, the dogs, grab it, tear it up and get in trouble. Then they go slink away in a corner because I'm upset with them. But nothing compares to how pissed I was when I found one of my Laboutins strap chewed during a bulldog rampage in my upstairs when someone left the gate open so he could get up there. Ack. I wore them one time.

Musette November 29, 2012

I love that video. I am definitely a Dog person and Working/Guardian dogs, specifically. I tend to run my household somewhat like the military, which wouldn't suit a cat. But I do love the 'cat' giving the guy the finger! xoA

Janice November 29, 2012

Hmm, well, I’m starting to appreciate many more leather scents, I love tobacco, and I do like oud—even the Band-Aid accord—but it still sounds like this one might send me running for cover. I approach most of the Montales with caution now. Today I am wearing Sharif, which also kind of scared me the first time I tried it, but I’ve really grown to love it… so maybe I can work my way up to this one!

dinazad November 29, 2012

Portia honey, I hate to disillusion you, but the smell of a Moroccan tannery/Moroccan leather curing is absolutely vile. Not vile as in "not my cup of tea". Vile absolute. No discussion. Especially if you happen to pass by around noon, when the tanners are preparing lunch and all the grills are smoking as if smoke production were a worthwhile profession, the meat is barbecueing and scorching, etc. etc. It makes your nosehair curl up and die and your lungs go in search of a nice sanatorium and spa. And a bunch of therapists.....

Ann-Sofie November 29, 2012

Absolutely true. About the cats and dogs, I mean. LOL! Cats are adorable, but The ultimate role model for passive aggressive behaviour. I know their tricks, I had a few....