Hi Posse. Hope this finds you all well and prospering in the new year. January is almost over and Kath and I are talking about getting my main business Turbo Trivia broadened with a few new directions. I love trying and incorporating new ideas into the business and some of them even work. What does that have to do with today’s fragrance Aoud Amber Rose? Well, mainly that montage is famous for doing almost the same thing and slapping a different name on it but Aoud Amber Rose is a bit different, not entirely OMG can this be Montale different but different from the ones I’ve smelled different. Know what I mean?
Aoud Amber Rose by Montale 2010
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Guaiac wood, Virginia cedar, saffron, rose, agarwood (oud), grapefruit, white musk
I bought my decant in a Friday 5ml Special at Surrender To Chance but now I can’t find it on the site. Bummer!
Screaming grapefruit and gasoline opening, don’t get too close in the first minute or your nose will blow. The wood and saffron already there and the oud is inky and antiseptic. What an outrageous opening! It really grabs me by the back of the neck and shakes me like a rag doll before throwing me bent and broken into a corner and laughing at my pain.
The roses come in under the mass cacophony, creeping in, like smoke under a door in a cartoon. Grapefruit, rose, gasoline and woods. Not a particularly loud fragrance but weird. It IS a Montale but could easily fit into a pushing the boundaries Indy perfumers catalogue or even CdG if they were doing an Industrial Waste perfume. Gorgeous and disgusting kinda thing also it makes me smile.
Who would wear Aoud Amber Rose? Well, I’m not exactly sure. It comes in a pink girly canister but doesn’t smell at all pink or girly. The longer I wear it the more I think it reminiscent of their past catalogue, seems like the opening is the major difference. Once we get back into familiar territory the dry down seems a little like their citrus oudhs. Not the same but similar. Citrus oudh and rose water over a petrol pump. WEIRD and challenging but wearable. I’d like to wear it to a modern art exhibition.
Which Montales have you tried? Did you get to Aoud Amber Rose?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies.