Montale Aoud Queen Roses : Perfume Review

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Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.

Pierre Montale’s creations quench the desires to travel over the temporal and spatial map, inviting one into the Middle Eastern souks and the Mogul palaces.  The tapestries of rose, sandalwood, oud and spices are woven as intricately as Scheherazade’s tales.  My favorite fragrances in the line are from the Aoud range, incorporating pungent and medicinal oud.

Aoud Queen Roses is a majestic fragrance of crimson roses veiled by dark earthy richness of oud.  At first, the composition is redolent not so much of a rose, as of a piece of heavy silk permeated with a scent of rose petals.  The silky sensation vanishes as a dry medicinal note of saffron turns rose softness into hot cinders.  The dark shadow of oud fills the composition with intensity and inscrutability, as the dusk fills the room in the evening distorting the outlines of familiar objects. The warm glow of rose is even more sensual and arresting against the dark pungent backdrop.

Before one overindulges into the intoxicating pairing of rose and oud, the composition transforms once again.  Now, it is suddenly dawn, with the first rays of sun turning the horizon burnished orange. The smoke of rose incense escapes through the carved screens, yet the petals remain on the cold marble floors. As the fragrance dries down, Aoud Queen Roses tempers the opulence of its dark rose heart, continuing its beguiling tale of seduction and mystery.

Available at Montale website, Aedes, Parfumsraffy, and First-in-Fragrance.

Painting: A Noble Couple Star Gazing, a Mogul illustration.  rubiyat.com 

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7 Comments

  • Sisonne: Dear V, How did you know that I want to test Aoud Queen Roses today 🙂 ?! I´ll write about my impressions later – your review is as wonderful as always – with your words you´re painting a picture 🙂 August 26, 2005 at 8:28am Reply

  • Sisonne: Dear V, now I tested Aoud Queen Roses, but something´s in there that disturbs me. Normally that should be a scent I like, it´s a nice mix without the roses being to overwhelming on my skin. It´s rather unisex & mysterious. I can´t discribe the reason, but I can´t wear it, sad but true. But I´m also testing Hotel Costes & that makes me pretty happy: spicy & intersting, easy to wear year around 🙂 August 26, 2005 at 11:08am Reply

  • Robin: V, This one smelled very plastic on my skin, and for quite a long time. I love the smell of oudh, but not plastic! I like the Roses Petals much better, and the Aoudh Damascus. August 26, 2005 at 11:41am Reply

  • Jay: Hmmm, this has completely gotten my attention… seems liks an Aedes run is in order… August 26, 2005 at 8:39am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: J, I would love to hear your thoughts! August 27, 2005 at 11:42am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: C, I find it very dark, which is the reason I like it. However, I can see how it can be very difficult to pull off. I am glad that Costes is making you happy. 🙂 August 27, 2005 at 11:44am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: R, thankfully, I get no plastic. That would not be a good thing. However, I also like Aoud Roses Petale more. It is more delicate. August 27, 2005 at 11:45am Reply

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