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

  • Tara C says:

    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!

  • nozknoz says:

    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

    • Portia says:

      Hey NozKnoz,
      The video is cute isn’t it, I’m glad you got a smile.
      I have fallen down the Montale wormhole lately. They had a super great deal on SurrenderToChance a while back where the 2ml trial sprays were only 99cents. It was impossible to resist, so I bought about 20 o fthem.
      Yeah, Sharif is special. Maybe I’ll write about it next week,
      Portia xx

  • Patty White says:

    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.

    • Portia says:

      OMFG!! That dogs skin would have been sent to Christian and asked for a replacement pair. Then the meat would have been fed to the cats. OMG! I’m hyperventilating at the thought Patty.
      portia x

  • Musette says:

    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

    • Portia says:

      Hey Musette,
      I bet you run your house to Military Precision. It’s a little like that around here. I am known as Tranny Hitler. As you may know I retrain Ex Racing Greyhounds for life in a family so there isn’t really room for cats, though I love their freaky assed ways.

      Portia xx

  • Janice says:

    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!

    • Portia says:

      Hey Janice,
      I love the La Via del Profumo range and have Sharif on my desk at all times, just in case I need to feel like I’m a boozy, leatherbound, spicy, trail ho type Lola of Arabia, yes it’s a regular must. Aoud Cuir d’Arabie is almost a kitten by comparison. Go forth, sniff, come back and tell me what you think please,
      Portia xx

  • dinazad says:

    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…..

    • Portia says:

      HA HAHA Sprung!! OK my dream of a Moroccan tannery, which is clearly a Disney version with a bunch of strapping, muscled, hairy chested tanners singing an ooopapa song about how hard their lives are and how the girls don’t like them because they stink.
      Thanks for a reality bite DinaZed,
      Portia xx

  • Ann-Sofie says:

    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….

    • Portia says:

      Hey Ann-Sofie,
      We had both cats and dogs growing up but now I think I’m in dog camp, they are more me, dumb, loving and sloppy, smoochy kissers,
      He He
      Portia xx

      • Ann-Sofie says:

        Sorry Portia, this is a long one – I found it some years ago and it is great reading on why there is a difference between dogs and cats:

        A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to: “Where do pets come from?”

        Adam said, “Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me everyday. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here & it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.”

        And God said, “No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are & will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.”

        And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam & he wagged his tail.

        And Adam said, “Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom & I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”

        And God said, “No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”

        And Dog lived with Adam & was a companion to him & loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content & wagged his tail.

        After a while, it came to pass that Adam’s guardian angel came to the Lord & said, “Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts & preens like a peacock & he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but perhaps too well.”

        And the Lord said, “No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever & who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not always worthy of adoration.”

        And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam. And when Adam gazed into Cat’s eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being.

        And Adam learned humility.
        And God was pleased.
        And Adam was greatly improved.
        And Dog was happy.
        And the Cat didn’t give a shit one way or the other.