Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
One of the newest fragrances in Montale Aoud range, Steam Aoud is a scent that blends the earthy warmth of hot stones, darkness of dry roses and medicinal pungency of oud. Its base laced with sharp sandalwood and patchouli, Steam Aoud is reminiscent of other fragrances in the Aoud range. …
However, unlike other Aoud fragrances, it is rendered as lighter and more transparent, which makes it less challenging to appreciate. While it bursts with a firework of camphorous notes, over time Steam Aoud softens losing the overwhelming pungency and even attains a hint of creamy sweetness.
However, expecting the complexity of real oud, one would be disappointed, because it is lacking here. The oud is aggressive and medicinal in Montale Aoud compositions, never assuming the subtle nuances that mark the high quality oud. Nevertheless, one can discover unusual fragrances that might strike those new to oud and attar as exotic. I vacillate on what I think of Aoud range, because on the one hand, the headiness of Aoud Roses Petale and the woody richness of Steam Aoud are appealing. On another, the heavy bluntness of these compositions and the lack of subtlety makes them tiresome over a long run.
Montale fragrances are available at Montale website, Aedes, Parfumsraffy, The Perfume Shoppe, and First-in-Fragrance. The boutique is located at 26, Place Vendôme in Paris, and the orders can be placed directly by either contacting them via email at email@example.com or by telephone at 33 1 42 96 97 44. The 50ml bottles are quite reasonably priced and the shipping is waived on orders over US$100.
Persian miniature. Ali-Mriabadi, from persianpaintings.com.