Aoud Cuir d'Arabie

Aoud Cuir d'Arabie by Montale
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Aoud Cuir d'Arabie is a popular perfume by Montale for men. The release year is unknown. The scent is leathery-animal. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Tobacco, Leather, Charred wood, Oud

Ratings

Scent

7.5 (110 Ratings)

Longevity

8.6 (81 Ratings)

Sillage

8.2 (68 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (71 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 24.05.2020.
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Top Review    12  
Sexy Stinkie Winkie
"Aoud Cuir d'Arabe" is a dirty leather steam hammer that polarizes like only a few scents from Montale. Most of the time there is (more or less) agreement - either weak or really strong. It's different with this leathery globetrotter. He's the one you love or hate. Where I lie shows my score.

I adore some leather scents and count this genus meanwhile to my preferred fragrance, but such a leather pine like this Montale has seldom or never come under my nose. But I wouldn't call myself an expert on the fabric or real leather (and its smells) at all. In a leather factory, no matter if Kik or Hermes, no matter if India or Hintertupfingen, I never stood before. But some leather jackets hang in the wardrobe, from imitation leather to the Real Deal. "Aoud Cuir d'Arabie" comes close to my (manageable) experience in real leather, but that's not the point. It's just a hot perfume.

It is strong, potent, blends creamy oud with scratchy leather and something daring, something sensual emerges. Stink, sweat, attract. There's something animal about it, something original, something untamed. I like it very much. Either you reap comments like "Puma cage" or you are dragged by your colleague to the ladies' toilet - in between there is a yawning emptiness like just before a western showdown. Whether the many extremely different, almost conflicting opinions, voices and experiences may be due to different batches (or even the Montale brand chaos of a few years ago), remains to be seen. For me, this Chief Leather Neck is a strong guy. Aggressive but pleasant enough, self-confident but never boastful, powerful but never selfish. He's seen the world, but only tells about it when he's asked about it. You can tell by looking at him. Experience, mischievousness, inner peace. Despite former hunting mode. A rough leather diamond cut by the seasons, the weather and the human/male body in the dirt of Cairo. Thousand and one freight.

Flacon: so light, the Montales, but often so potent...
Sillage: a firecracker - the spray finger trembles!
Hangability: 9 hours I wear this sun-kissed leather jacket.

Conclusion: one of the mustiest, most masculine and horniest leather fragrances on the market. Stinky, rebellious, beastly. The opposite of a blind buy tip. Even among leather fans, ghosts and tastes still quarrel here... Love it!
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the mouse that didn't
The irresistible force, the immovable object. The rock and the hard place. He-man and She-ra. Leather and oud are the bad-boy/bad-girl notes of perfumery. They've both been considered vulgar, impolite and slutty. They're the enfants terribles of pretty perfumery. It makes perfect sense that they'd be taken up by niche perfumists as icons. 

So, Aoud Cuir d'Arabie should be a clash of titans in a bottle, right? After a spectacularly rocking 5-10 minute opening we have the answer.  No.
 
However it comes about ( * ) this perfume goes from waving its arms and yelling at you to quietly turning its back on you so quickly that you have try it again and again to make sure your sense of smell isn't out of whack. I suppose the leather and the oud simply cede the fight to each other and maintain a quiet detente of dry, vaguely tarry woods. It's not an unpleasant ending to a perfume, but in this case, quiet means lackluster. Also, 5 minutes of excitement followed by 8 hours of uneventful drydown isn't my idea of the top to basenotes approach of classical perfumery. 
* three points of comparison to capture the hurrah-to-hush effect:

1) The paradoxical effect, as in medicine. A medication given as stimulant causes sedation. 

2) The dosage effect, as in medicine. For instance, a medication at one dose may cause dilation of blood vessels and lead to decreased blood pressure. The same med at a higher dose causes constriction of the vessels and increases the blood pressure. 

3) The exaustion effect, as when two evenly matched television drag queens square off in a battle of wits and drama. It's all nails and spittle until they tire and their hair falls flat. 

from scent hurdle.com
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