The top stage may give a slight headache. It was powerful, deep and penetrating.
I was disappointed, at first, right after a spray. I thought oh no, this is the same as Montale Aoud Lime. Aoud Lime is a hate to my nose, gave me the strongest headache just by a spray. I thought this Red Aoud has the same attack on me, but only, I smell rose (though not listed), pepper, along with the moderate aoud. But as seconds passed, it is not as terrible cloy as it was like Aoud Lime.
In fact, the scent is very attractive, lovely, I just have to convince myself that this cloying stage would be over soonest and it did. Don't get me wrong but this top stage is a stunning fragrance. I did my first test inside my bedroom under a normal room temperature.
Few minutes after, I was mesmerized by how the scent performed a wonderful floral and woody dance that my nose and smelling perception was hypnotized to utmost admiration & joy. The heart to base was on my skin, linear, the blend of light rose, strong spices and aoud done just right, all the way, amazed my heart to beat along this fragrance dance. A formal romantic dance with a beautiful woman, wearing a gorgeous, sleeveless red dress. Her charm was very inviting. Her aura captivates anyone, woman and man, within her sight. That was how I imagine Red Aoud on my nose, with just a decent spray.
Two weeks after, I decided to wear this on a minus 18 winter mid afternoon, two sprays, going on a friend's birthday bash. I met two female friends at a cafe, before heading to the celebrant's pad. I brought with me my sample, to ready a spray should I stay at the occasion for the next 5 hours or so. At the cafe, they smelled a whiff & right then, I received wonderful compliments, asking me to share a tiny spray to their wrists. We all felt the rose, the unfamiliar aoud scent, the blend of a fragrance perfection.
As we are at the party, Red Aoud projected in the living room, like the gorgeous dancer in red dress, it floats everywhere, wanting to be noticed, balmy, woody, some fruity & floral, synthetic in the best way & well spiced. It was this wonderfully infecting our senses that it came to be a topic for a while. I have no choice but to spit out her name.. Montale Red Aoud
The next morning, after an evening of fun and a few drinks, I took a shower and to my surprise, I can still smell this beautiful perfume on my skin. I was convinced that this beauty is an immortal. A beast in projection, a goddess in longevity, a fragrance to desire and to possess.