New Perfume Samples – Montale and Ineke


Okay, fresh pile of perfume samples today to plow through, so let’s get started.

Ineke Evening Edged in Gold – The latest perfume from Ineke, it features notes of gold osmanthus, plum, Angel’s trumpet, saffron, cinnamon bark, midnight candy, leather, woods.  Definitely an evening floral.  It opens big floral, while the cinnamon adds a nice little bite to it that keep the florals from overwhelming you.  Shortly after that, the drydown gets leathery, very nice interplay between the notes –  this is not what I expected.  I was guessing there would be more floral, so it’s a great surprise to get this nice little cinnamony leather with only the most delicate floral floating around it.  Don’t let the midnight candy note scare you, though it does lend a sweetness to the perfume the longer it’s on, softening the edges out.   Elegant, I do like this.  Available from – $88 for 2.5 ounces. 

Montale Red Oud is one of the newest scents from Montale.  Notes of aoud, pepper, iris, saffron, cumin, Haitian vetiver and Mysore sandalwood.  Wow!  The saffron, cumin and pepper make this almost gourmandy, while the oud, vetiver and sandalwood keep it grounded.  Spicy, gourmandy oud — Montale hasn’t done oud like this before.   It’s definitely unusual, and those of you that are looking for a new treatment of oud should try it.  I’m all over the map on it — fearing it one second, but I find it irresistible to stop sniffing.  The combination of notes are weirdly interesting.  This is a fun little freak, I think I’m landing in the digging it zone.

The other new scent from Montale is Red Vetiver.  No notes are listed for it yet, but definitely pepper and, er, vetiver, of course.   While I’m not sure I find anything wildly different about it, I very much like the way they surrounded the vetiver with a warm spicness.  If you like your vetiver spicy and warmed up, this one should work for you.

Out of arm space for the day, the Red Oud has eaten all the air around my arms.

So I’ve got a grabbag of samples that are piling up on me, so let’s do a giveaway to get rid of them. Included will be these three samples, plus a whole bunch of others.  Just drop a comment to be entered in the drawing!

  • yvonne edwards says:

    Montale is something I last experienced on someone else, gorgeous! Would love that experience again.:”>

  • Abu Fawzaan says:

    I tried Montale almost two years ago purchased from Saudi Arabian Airlines. Nearly every single person crossing my path turned to ask me what I was wearing. Itssimply the best! I wouldn’t shift vin a rush from the Aoud Range.. Black Aoud, Aoud Lime and all the others are dreamy! No regrets besides the fact that the price keeps spiralling… I suppose you got to pay to smell good!

  • Christine says:

    I don’t know if it’s too late, but I’d love to be entered in the drawing. I’ve been trying to find a particular rose/oud combination I last bought in Egypt, but that doesn’t seem to exist in the US. Any suggestions on where to start? Thanks!!

  • JulieP says:

    Hi, I need to find a new scent. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you! 🙂

  • Lavanya says:

    just read this (have been down with the flu)..these scents sound very interesting!..If its not too late-do enter me in the draw!

  • adrian says:

    They sound absolutely fabulous!

  • Julie says:

    oh, how I would love to try these! Please enter me! I’m a perfumista in training and think I need to put my nose in these!

  • elve says:

    I only know Montale’s two Ouds: Black and White. Red would be a pleasant escape from monochromatism 😉
    Please, enter me in the drawing 🙂

  • Devon says:

    Hello – please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!


  • lavinia says:

    Montale sounds amazing, I would like to try all their perfumes. I like the word Oud. Please enter me in the draw…
    Have a nice day!

  • Silvia says:

    A bit late to the party, but please enter me inthe draw, they sound fab !

  • Vetiveronica says:

    The Red Vetiver sounds…. vetiverlious!

    Please enter me in the drawing!

    Thank you!

  • minette says:

    if you say it’s the best ineke you’ve tried, it could be good. i didn’t love the first round, but they are not bad – just not my style – a little too clean and light. the montales definitely interest me, though. i’ve been into arabic scents of late – some concentrated oils from dubai mostly. lots of rose and oudh adn other rich notes. i like that aesthetic.

  • Molly says:

    I’d love to try any of these. I’ve never smelled anything by Montale either.
    Please enter me in the drawing!
    Thank you 🙂

  • Janet in California says:

    The Ineke sounds lovely. I am a white flower type of woman and the leather note would be interesting. I have to admit that I haven’t yet found a Montale that did much for me. I will keep trying though.
    Please enter me too.

  • Cheri says:

    Oh, my. Three that I haven’t tried and they all sound wonderful! Please enter me in the draw. 🙂 Thanks!

  • moi says:

    Did someone mention Midnight Candy is supposed to smell like cake? Mmmmm. Sign me up for the drawing please!

  • Rachel says:

    Love the Montales, love oud, love vetiver! I haven’t been that wild about any of the other inekes, but, cinnamon leather sounds wonderful. I’d love to be included in the draw if it’s still open. Thanks for the reviews!

  • Gina Thompson says:

    please enter me in the drawing, dying to try the red oud. great post, i appreciate your work.

  • Christine L. says:

    Cinnamon bark? I’m surprised. It’s such a skin irratant. Love the other notes, though.
    The Montales sound really interesting.
    Great job, Patty!

  • sylvia says:

    i havent seen angel’s trumpet as a note before. but i love the way it smells. and the flowers are so huge! anyway, i’d love to try the ineke, as well as anything else thats thrown in my direction. please enter me in the drawing, and great post.

    • Patty says:

      I found some angel’s trumpet seeds online, along with the Candy flower thing and ordered them. If the angel’s trumpet smells like the regular trumpet vine does, I’ll be happy.

  • grizzlesnort says:

    I love samples. Please include me in your drawing.

  • Denise Cooper says:

    I love drawings and I would love to try sameles of the new perfumes, especially the Montale. Please put my name in the drawing. Thanks

  • BBliss says:

    Hey there Patty – I’m trying to resurface and play with perfume – again! Red is a favorite color – not sure about in the scents, please include me in the draw!

    I took a much needed morning away at a Nordstrom’s and discovered all sorts of things again, that Iris Prada, Pucci, Gucci and Burberry – at least things are a little interesting even if even my 5 yr old firmly pronounced them not her style!

    • BBliss says:

      I have loads to catch up on and am really enjoying the Posse’s posts – thanks for the fun – and love the look of the site!

    • Patty says:

      Hey, Welcome back, we’ve missed you!!!

      What did you think of the Burberry? I liked the Elixir version of the Beat Okay, found the edp to be just okay.

      • BBliss says:

        Thanks – missed y’all too! The Elixir was better for sure and different – not sure if it is my thing – but I need to retry alone – since it was mingling with others…the regular Beat just wore on me…it was kind of annoyingly perky or something…but it didn’t give me a headache like a lot of other current stuff and it wasn’t wretched – I mean I wouldn’t mind having my nose run across it on someone else. That Pucci – what a disappointment – and such an adorable bottle! I wonder if that one gets better with patience/persistence?

  • Elizabeth says:

    Ineke’s perfume names irritate me for some reason, but I did like her After My Own Heart. I just learned that Midnight Candy is a kind of flower with a “sweet, cake-like” scent. Hmm.

    Please enter me in the drawing!

  • aelily says:

    I’m a newbie and I have no idea what oud or vetiver smell like! :”> I would love to be in drawing.

  • Theresa says:

    The Ineke sounds very nice. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  • assorted_raisins says:

    Hello again. The oud red sounds tasty and I’ve been curious to try Ineke. Please include me in the drawing.

  • Karen G says:

    I was scared off Montales early on, but I think it’s time to try again. “Fun little freak”; who could resist? Please put me in the draw. Thanks!

  • Robin says:

    Can’t make up my mind about the Ineke, but do like it better than any of the others. And gosh, the packaging on the samples is so lovely, it really does make you *want* to like it, LOL!

  • Denise says:

    “Evening Edged in Gold” is such a beautiful name for a scent; I’d want a sample based on the name alone! But the notes sound nice too, not-too-sweet or overwhelming white florals. And leather! Mmm. I love Vetiver, so I’d be very interested in trying Red Vetiver as well. I haven’t been able to really appreciate oud yet, though. Please enter me in the drawing!

    • Patty says:

      Ineke has some great names. And in a world where perfumes have stolen some of the best names, that’s got to be tough.

  • Teri says:

    oooo – a drawing? By all means throw my name in the hat, please.

    Having only recently found one Montale that wowed me and one that I really like, I’m wondering if I’ve finally turned the corner with this difficult-to-‘get’ (at least for me) line. I think trying yet another of their scents is a purrrrfect way to find out. :d

    I’ve never heard of Ineke, but I’m always willing to make a new scented friend.

    • Patty says:

      Which Montale worked for you?

      • Teri says:

        Actually, I’ve found another one, so it’s a total of three. None of the oudhs, though…yet. The line seems to be growing on me slowly. So far I’ve liked Velvet Flowers and Chypre Fruite. VF is incredibly smooth and easy to wear and CF is chypre and not toooo much fruit. But the piece de resistance for me so far, if I can hold my breath through the nasty open, is Orient Extreme. I’ve fallen hard for this one.

  • Sarah says:

    Is oud really as scary as you guys make it seem? Is there any other everyday scent you could compare it’s scariness to (for us newbies who haven’t worked our way around to oud yet)?
    And please enter me!

    • Patty says:

      Oud is tricky, but it’s not that scary. It’s just bitter in some ways and smooth in some ways. Interesting for sure and worth trying, absolutely!

  • G Knight says:

    Hey there patty I would love to be put in the drawing… The red oud sounds tempting and worth sniffing…I happen to love oud when it is done well

  • Patricia says:

    May I be in the drawing? That Red Oud is calling me. Thanks.

  • violetnoir says:

    P, does the Ineke remind you of Daim Blond? It seems like a slightly more floral version of it on my skin.

    Hugs and love!

    • Patty says:

      That’s actually a pretty good description. Not quite as suedy and a little more floral, but that same well-blended smooth leather.

  • melamici says:

    I adore Montale and am a little afraid of finding another that I “need,” but what the hell, please enter me in the drawing!

  • Lisa D says:

    I’m a freak for anything with saffron – it’s my favorite spice. Please include me in the draw; the Montale Red Oud sounds kinda’ scary and intriguing. Thanks!

    • Patty says:

      The red oud didn’t turn out that freakish, except how that first hour eventually turned into the wonderful thing it did!

  • pavlova says:

    Thanks to this site and The Perfumed Court I am definitely expanding my horizons, but am still such a neophyte!!! Please include me in the drawing.

  • Vida says:

    “Fun little freak” What a great description for a perfume! Please enter me in the drawing!

  • donanicola says:

    Please put my name in the hat! I have not tried any Inekes and this one sounds right up my alley (especially the stink bomb Angel Trumpet flowers). Likewise the Montales are unchartered territory (except for a blossom one which Silvia kindly gave me a sample of – lovely but not really me).

    • Patty says:

      Montales are either an acquired taste or you hate them. One side of them does sweeter scents, like the sweet oriental dream, white musk, soleil de capri, all of which I really like, but it has to be a mood thing, and then they’ve got all the bitter oud and roses on the other end.

      Talk about polar opposites.

  • Eileen says:

    Please enter me in the drawing!

    The Ineke Evening Edged in Gold sounds very interesting — it may be a sweeter scent that I could actually wear. Most of the time, sweet things become noxious on me. I’ll have to look into this one. Besides, I need to start learning a bit about leather scents, as well.

    The two Montales seem right up my alley — woody, spicy, vetiver-y. Glad you brought these to my attention!

    • Patty says:

      Hmm, need to re-read my review. I didn’t find the Ineke that sweet at all. Some of the notes seem to make you think that, but it’s just not, at least not on me.

  • Cathy says:

    Love the aouds…I could live in Montale.

    I’m SO glad ‘Midnight Candy’ is a flower. I had a ‘Midnight Chemical’ fear going on in my little head.

    Would love to try all of these! Please enter me in the draw. Cheers!

    • Patty says:

      That midnight candy kinda creeped me out too when I read the note listing, but there’s just a soft sweetness, and it makes sense that it’s a little phlox flower, that fits what I was smelling

  • Stacy says:

    Have not yet approached the Inekes yet, but perhaps now is the time. However, I am all over the Black & White Aoud (I got Black for xmas and wouldn’t RED be perfect for an upcoming holiday?…) By the way, MattS, I would guess Black Aoud is entirely gym-clearing as a client commented that my office smelled ‘ever so slightly of ammonia’ when I was wearing it! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

    • Patty says:

      I’m thinking the REd, White nd Black bottles all together would look pretty nifty on my dresser! 🙂 Okay, I can almost never wear the black, but the red nd white work. Then I need a bottle of blue amber, and I’d be ready for 4th of July.

  • March says:

    I can’t decide how I feel about the Ineke. I do love the leathery second act; the first part seems a bit tentative. I think you’ve inspired me to go back in there and do a heavy re-spray with the atomizer. I totally agree that it is NOT overly sweet — and Gail just above me is saying Midnight Candy is a flower, not a disgusting note.

    Can I mention for the 33rd time how much I love the Ineke packaging?

    • Patty says:

      Was not overly impressed at the first 30 minutes of the Ineke. It was fine, it was whatever. But as the leather note asserted itself, it was much more interesting.

      Sniff it again. 🙂

  • Vasily says:

    Haven’t tried anything by Montale yet … I’m in for the drawing!!

    • Patty says:

      No Montales yet? Oh, you do have to try at least a couple. I’m not as in love with the whole line as some people are, but there are a handful of winners in there that I think are just perfect.

  • Gail S says:

    For anyone who is fearing the “midnight candy” note, take heart. Another name for it is Zaluzianskya capensis. It’s a flower, guys!!!! And I’d love to smell it, pretty please:d

  • Kelley says:

    Patty, please enter me in your contest! Thanks!

  • Christine says:

    A cinnamony leather sounds right up my alley. Although I wonder what in the hell midnight candy even means. But maybe I’m just being grumpy.

    Do sign me up for the drawing! maybe it will pull me out of my grumpiness. 😉

  • Debbie says:

    I’d love to try something with “midnight candy” in it. I tend toward perfumes with some kind of floral or gourmand sweetness in them. And the price is so right on the full bottle. Besides that, the description of the real flower sounds fantastic, so wouldn’t it have to be good?

    As for the Red Oud… yes, I want to try that too. Please enter me in the drawing.

  • rachael says:

    Red Oud sounds so odd… but very intriguing. Please include me in the drawing!

  • Alison says:

    Wow – these sound interesting indeed, particularly the Red Oud.
    Please enter me in the drawing! Thank you.

  • Divalano says:

    You can’t frighten me with the Ineke, I’ve recently realized that I think I love cinnamon notes in scent. And leather & plum & wood … how can it be bad? Actually it’s the Big Floral that gives me pause but I think I need to sniff it anyway. The Montale, well … I’m still afraid of Montale. All the air around your arm, indeed. And all the air in the house & partway down the block. 😉 And yes, please put me in for the draw.

    • Patty says:

      It’s not that big of a floral after the first few minutes. I found it wafting back and forth between leathery and a little floral for quite a while, but not big floral.’

      Oud does sorta suck the life out of the air, doesn’t it?

  • Malena says:

    please, include me in the drawing 🙂 !

    ever since i got an email from ineke, saying you get a free sample of their new scent i was really tempted as the description sounded different enough from their other scents (which i find a bit too light for my liking) – but they don´t ship overseas, so no sample for me :((

    i don´t know the new montales, but would love to – of course :d
    i really like their black aoud, but it´s such a moody scent for me: sometimes i love it, sometimes i hate it, which makes it a bit difficult to wear.

    • Patty says:

      I feel ya on the black oud. It’s difficult for me to wear. It’s been perfect sometimes, but it can be a complete disaster other times. I think that’s the nature of oud.

      Does Ineke have any stores that carry their line overseas?

  • Judith says:

    Like Louise, I don’t find the Red Oud really freaky, although sometimes it gets too sweet for me. When it doesn’t, I really like it. I LOVE the vetiver (but I am on a vetiver streak lately). Very interested in the Ineke but afraid it might be too sweet/rich. Can I be in the drawing for only one sample? 🙂

    • Patty says:

      Sweet?!?! YOu guys just freak me out. 🙂 There so much oudy bitter in it early on, mixed in with the sweet that I was kinda creeped out. Once they all settled in and started getting along with each other, it was enchanting. Will be interesting to see if I get a different take on it on different days, though.

  • Elle says:

    Fell hard for the dry down of the Ineke and have already ordered a bottle. And doesn’t hurt that I adore her presentation and the fact she sent out free samples. Ordered a bottle of the Red Aoud unsniffed a while back and it definitely has gone on my list of great unsniffed purchases. *Love* the stuff. Must try the vetiver – am starting to really appreciate that note.

    • Patty says:

      Ineke is really a class act. From the free samples, to the price point, to the packaging, they really are nicely done.

      You like peppery things, you should love red vetiver. I think it’s nicely done, it’s not incredibly fresh and interesting, but it is a unique take on vetiver that I like a lot. I’m still toying with ordering a bottle of it.

  • Anne says:

    I keep trying the Montale Ouds but I haven’t found one I really like. Susan, I feel your pain. I love M7 and MPG’s Soir d’Orient, they may be the most Oud-y I can appreciate. But just in case my nose is ready for more, please enter me in the draw. :)>-

    • Patty says:

      I’d almost bet you’d adore the drydown on the REd oud, but I’m not sure you could stand to get there. There’s a gourmandy bitter yin-yang going on on me for about an hour that repellingly attractive. 🙂

  • Katie says:

    :)Both sounds so good ! Thank you for the reviews !;)

    • Patty says:

      You are so welcome, these three were fun to do. Interesting enough so I wasn’t hunting around for something to say about them, but all three very wearable and various stages of like/love

  • Louise says:

    I am very curious about that Ineke. I have worked my way through her short alphabet (After my own heart, Balmy days and sundays, Chemical bonding, Derring do) and am due for an E. I’ve had mixed results with A through D so far- A was much better on a friend, B went sour, C gave me a wretched rash. E does sound lovely, so count me in for a trial, please.

    My buddies here are right-I am all over the Red Oud. I do smell roses in Red, and the spices are lovely. I don’t find it really freaky on me, but I am no judge of weird. I do find that it can get very sweet some days on me, and dry down to pleasant vanilla late in the game. I’m going to try Pink Oud soon-the Montale White Oud layered with the Rose. Though it does sound more like a sprizer of sorts

    • Louise says:

      Er, spriter. Clear that my addictionis perfume, not alcoholic beverages :”>

    • chayaruchama says:

      Sometimes I oud, sometimes it ouds me !
      I’d love to be included !

      I actually adored the Ineke, and am considering a buy- and I found that the others[A-D] were a ‘snore’ for me;
      The plummy is way up my alley, and the drydown is gorgeous.
      again, it’s pretty linear on me- but wonderful.

    • Patty says:

      You’ve got that scent-sucking skin, so I would guess the red oud skips some of the early weird stage that I get, but couldn’t agree more on the end result, it just takes longer to get to on me. I’m totally in the love category on it, it’s amazing.

  • annie says:

    😡 oooooo,more goodies!!!…please enter me in the drawing….I’m getting my whip out,just to bring goog luck…now,where is that devil….I’m off to look under the bed (smirk).:o

  • MattS says:

    I’ve sniffed a handful of the Montales and really kinda liked everything I tried. I’ve read complaints that there’s so much, after a point it’s hard to differentiate between the different scents; the lines gets blurred, I guess. But I’d love the try the Red Oud.

    Yesterday, maybe on here or one of the other blogs, I can’t remember, someone made reference to wearing perfume to the gym. I’ve learned some valuable lessons recently about this, being relatively new to perfume obsession and even newer to gym membership. I always put something on before I leave the house and a week into my start at the gym, I spritzed on some Ambre Sultan, drove to the gym, climbed on the treadmill and went to town. Wow. A little heat and sweat certainly opens some scents up, huh? I was digging it a little bit, but started noticing people actually moving away from me to other machines. A poor girl two machines down actually started a sneezing fit. Fifteen minutes in, there was no one near me. A lesson learned–when the gym is over-crowded, wear Ambre Sultan, you shouldn’t have to wait long at all.

    Please include me in the draw, maybe throwing in a sample of something light or inoffensive, I’m striking out these days with the public perfuming. :-@

    • Wendy says:

      Yup – blasting people out with my scent at the gym is the way I’ve discovered to get the BEST equipment. >:) It has the side benefit of masking anyone else’s funky odor.

      I only try this early in the morning, though – when my gym is less crowded. Gotta play a little fair and let people have an escape route.

      Patty – please enter me in the drawing. The Red Oud sounds like it needs to be added to my Montale Oud Sample bag.

    • Patty says:

      Oh, yeah, a blooming scent is a treasure. You should try MKK on a jog sometime. Heh.:o)

  • Lee says:

    Louise has been all over that Red Oud. I knew it’s be wacky…:x

  • rosarita says:

    My Ineke sample in all it’s classy presentation arrived last week. On me, too much plum fruitiness, but the drydown is elegant and lovely. Just not me, I’d much rather try the Red Oud. :d
    Please count me in the draw!

  • dinazad says:

    Mmmm, the Montales sound like just my kinda thing. And besides, I only have about two drawers full of samples, so please include me in the draw!

  • loverdoll says:

    I want the Ineke number so bad I can taste it . . . all things leather appeal to me/ Please include me in the draw ??? G

  • Masha says:

    A fun little freak? Count me in for the drawing! I tried one myself this week, Micallef’s Red Sea, kind of like a really spicy taco, a little harissa, some sweetness, like with the Red Oud, I’m not sure how I feel about it. But it’s fun to find something that’s just way way out there.

    • Patty says:

      Well, the red oud did not wind up way, way out there, but it was a fun little trip. The end drydown, after a few hours, was complete heaven, love it.

  • Alica says:

    I have sent e-mail to the company regarding samples but without success. I will try hee – thank you for entering me!

  • zeram1 says:

    New Montales and a new Ineke? Now that’s a great start to 2008!
    Please enter me in the drawing as well.

  • Susan says:

    Ah, the eternal quest for just one more Montale Oud that I can wear! It was a grim scene of carnage at the little shop in Paris. One Oud after another turned to brimstone on my skn. But I love saffron, sandalwood and iris, so I’m eager to sample Red Oud!

    • Patty says:

      Brimstone, how apt! Some of the ouds feel like that on me. There’s only a handful of the Montale ones that work because they are so sharpish.

  • hausvonstone says:

    still not sure what midnight candy means. i think it’s a euphemism. anyway, would love to be in the drawing!

    • erin k. says:

      a euphemism, ha! my mind is running wild!

      for me, “midnight candy” just means sour skittles. oh well.

      please enter me in the drawing!
      and btw, now that i’ve discovered there are skull emoticons, i’m going to use them all the time, cause i think they’re cool.
      watch: 8-x 8-x 8-x 8-x 8-x 8-x

    • Patty says:

      Will put you in the drawing!

  • elyse says:

    I would love a sample. I gave away a couple of my Montale samples before I gave them enough of a chance. Now I am so sad, I really like some of them.

    • Patty says:

      The Montales do grow on you, but they also multiply like fruit flies.

      I wind up in the half and half camp on how many of them I like, only tolerate and the few I love, but it is an interesting line. I like what they did with these two.

  • Jennifer S. S. says:

    Please include me in the drawing. I love samples.

  • Maria says:

    I wonder how “midnight candy” differs from “8:15 a.m.” candy or “6 p.m.” candy. Do they have separate bags for time of day at Target?

    Louise likes Red Oud a lot, I believe. I thought it contained rose notes. It doesn’t?

    • Robin says:

      PBI, Midnight Candy is another name for a specific variety of night blooming phlox 🙂

    • Patty says:

      Well, now we know what that Midnight Candy thing is. Weird, I’ve never heard of that before.

      I’ve drifted over into the Louise camp. red oud really does wind up just stunning and has incredibly lasting power, just getting better and better.

    • Maria says:

      Robin and other commenters are right. After I sent off my response I thought about Zaluzianskya capensis, a South African annual that looks very much like phlox and is fragrant at night. It’s commonly referred to as midnight candy. But then I would have had to retract my smirky comment, and I wouldn’t want to do that. b-)

  • Musetta says:

    Wow, those Montales sound great! Count me in!

  • Gina says:

    All of these sounds amazing, I’m especially intrigued by the Red Oud. Loovvvveeee samples, please include me.

    • Gina says:

      Being a weirdo about grammar, that would be “SOUND” amazing. arrrgghghhghg

    • Patty says:

      I can’t remember, do you like the Ouds? I go either way on them. LIke Black oud in theory, but just can’t wear it. White oud, while lovely, seems too tame. Red oud has just hit the Juuuust Right mark.

  • tmp00 says:

    Well, I am a big old sample ‘ho, so include me in.

  • Billy D says:

    I think I’m discovering that I don’t really like pepper in fragrances. Still love it on salads though.

    One thing that intrigues me about the Ineke–the angel’s trumpet note. I know this flower is highly poisonous, and it always scares me when I see it growing. For some reason, it looks ominous, languid, evil (said with Eartha Kitt accent). If anyone out there grows it, I’d love to know what you think of the scent.

    How would you say the Red Vetiver compares to, say, the Fred Malle?

    Please enter me as well, merci.

    • Lee says:

      I grow Brugmansias. Intensely heady evening perfume. I like their seductive, sensuous corruption…

      • Billy D says:

        Please tell me you have a proper English garden. You grow fabulouser by the day.

        • Lee says:

          It’s sort of English through the looking glass and a little too overgrown for comfort. We like it that way. There are more restrained English garden plants over at my allotment – rose bushes etc…

    • Patty says:

      Are the trumpet vines and angel trumpe the same? WE have tons of trumpet vines around our neighborhood, and they have the most amazing scent, but it’s at a distance. Every time I’d get close to it, couldn’t get anything out of it.

      The red vetiver is about a vetivery as the Vet extra, but it’s got those peppery notes that I think makes it more interesting. Since you’re not a fan of pepper, I’m thinking it wouldn’t be for you, though.

    • Hilda Rosa says:

      I grow Angel’s Trumpet plants in pots in my garden. The name refers to two different genus – Brugmansia (pendulous trumpet shaped flowers) and Datura (usually the flower is more erect and the plant is herbaceous). I prefr the scnet of the Datura which is more intense. The perfume cannot be extracted fromt e flower so any Datura or Angel’s Trumpet note is a created fantasy note. But the perfume Secrete Datura by MPG is a good interpretation of the scent of this flower to give you an idea o the smell. It’s better than SL Datura Noir as an idea of the smell. ( Incidentally, this plant is also known as jimsonweed and notorious for its poison alkeloids as a hallucinatory plant and is banned from gardens in some areas. Scopolamine is made from one of these alkeloids.

  • JenniferR says:

    Fun little freak. Sounds like my kinda juice. I’ve only recently begun to explore the Montale ouds, and I am entranced. Also by the notion of cinnamony leather, although on my skin it would take a lot o’ sumthin to damp down those Big Floral notes.
    Please put me in the draw!

    • Patty says:

      The big florals are only big on the open, and then it’s not a big floral at all.

      If you like the ouds, you should love the red one, it really is gorgeous. I finally committed on it overnight, after I posted this.

  • Dusan says:

    Haven’t tried a single Montale and feel I’m now ready to give them a go. 😀

    • Patty says:

      I think you’d flip over the REd Vetiver — you like vet, right? Not sure how you feel about oud, but I wound up falling in deep love with that red oud overnight. Most of the gourmandy stuff faded, and left me with this wonderful, rich, smooth oud. Now, the first hour or so were touch and go, but I can usually bang my head around and take it as long as I know I get the payoff.

      • Dusan says:

        I’m already flipping over the Red Vetiver just by the sound of it — yep, you’re right, I lurve vetiver, *especially* combined with oudh like in my beloved M7. 😡

  • sweetlife says:

    Both of these sound fabulous — so glad to hear the Ineke doesn’t overwhelm, the notes sounded so promising. Please do put me in the draw!

    • Patty says:

      The Ineke is very nice. I’ve liked it the best of any of them I’ve smelled, it’s the most distinctive in character, I think, and it stuck with me long enough to take some notes. 🙂

  • Sara says:

    The Ineke sounds wonderful – but might turn too sweet on me…. I either make perfumes more musky, or more sweet – the cinnamon might help with that though. It will have to go on my list of perfumes to try! (Then the Red Oud)