For months I have been searching for the perfect Aoud perfume. Actually, I started by searching for the perfect rose - a dark, dirty rose - which somehow led me to Montale's aoud line. Then I got sidetracked. Montale roses aren't exactly dirty, but they are different and dark-ish. The fact that they haven't exactly fit the bill has me a bit cranky.
For weeks - months! - I've gone back and forth between White Aoud, Aoud Queen Roses and Black Aoud until I am worn out. I loved White Aoud when I first tried it, but now it's just Band-Aids and vanilla. Aoud Queen Roses is hovering somewhere between "oh, that's better than White or Black" and "Yeah... no." Hated Black Aoud at first spray (too Lysol/Pinesol/Pledge), but that turned out to be the best of the lot.
Here's the thing: even when I like them in the beginning, I just get tired of them by day's end. They last, but they seem a little needy, if you know what I mean, all medicinal and in-your-face. Black Aoud gets a pass because it's more "clean" and less annoying. But only slightly.
Still searching for the perfect, grimy rose.