Montale is a one-of-a-kind, French love for the Middle East.
Most fragrances are designed by Pierre Montale, the brand owner himself, who was inspired by the beauty and hidden secrets of the Eastern world, some 20 years ago on a date that happened in the far reaches of the Kingdom of Arabia.
Today the Montale fragrance line is magnificent and versatile, complimenting both western and eastern tastes and producing many oud-based fragrances of the finest quality for both men and women.
Imagine the pristine taste of French on one hand and rich Arabic resources and materials on the other. Magic is bound to happen!
And this is exactly what happens when you try Montale. Almost all of them have an oud (agarwood) base while delicious amber is the second-most common material found in their fragrances. So when you buy Montale, you expect something really aromatic, rich, and sophisticated.
Here is our list of the top 6 Montale perfumes and their reviews.
1. MONTALE Eau de Parfum Spray Dark Purple
Best Perfume for Gothic Women
A very fruity-floral fragrance with rich, dark, and matured plum and berry sweetness, infused with muskiness and heart notes opening to roses and fresh orange edges. The Montale’s Dark Purple Eau De Parfum has a body of oud so it smells orientally Middle-Eastern and very gothic.
The sillage and longevity of Montale Dark Purple are unbelievably high. The top notes reveal a mouthwatering floral scent that gradually twirls with a dark, woody, and earthy base with subtle touches of oud, making the fragrance irresistible and one of a kind.
Dark Purple is perfect for gothic personalities who love to wear something deep, mysterious, sexy, and encapturing.
It can be worn anytime in every season on professional as well as personal events. Many consider that Dark Purple is unisex but it leans a lot towards feminine energy that we can’t just recommend itas a masculine scent.
Dark Purple can easily become a signature scent. And even though it smells oriental and gothic, it is perfect for just any age, given that they like the notes.
Top Notes: Plum, Orange
Middle Notes: Rose, Red berries, Patchouli, Geranium
Base Notes: Musk, Teakwood, Amber
2.MONTALE Oudmazing Eau de Parfum Spray
Best Bracing Unisex Montale Perfume
An intoxicating fragrance by Montale, the Oudmazing has an intense and elegant opening. It’s unisex but leans a bit more towards mature feminine energies at the time of opening. Its citrusy, sweet, floral, fruity, pleasant, with noticeable leather notes. Later, however, it transitions to feeling a bit more masculine or unisex with oud, leather, woody, and earthy notes.
This is an oud-based perfume that enhances top notes of orange, bergamot, grapes, pear, and fig with a mild floral touch of orris and jasmine. The orris contributes to pulling an earthy and woody scent while jasmine gives an aromatic, white floral feel.
Close at the dry down, patchouli appears at its faintest while vanilla takes the dominance. White musk, dark grape, and leather notes develop. The fragrance’s sillage becomes stronger and assertive.
The Montale Oudmazing Eau De Parfum starts as feeling citrusy, floral, and fruity. When it reaches the heart, its oud, grape, and vanilla with dark leather.
And finally, when it’s the base and the dry down moment, there is a mild powdery touch with white musk. Here all notes become smooth and a bit more masculine. Fresh fruity and citrusy notes dissipate under leather and oud bases.
In a nutshell, Montale Oudmazing smells comforting, dark, energizing, exotic, and expensive. It sure is a unisex fragrance with a very refine and romantically pleasing aura.
Top Notes: Malayan oud, Sicilian orange, Sicilian bergamot, Pear, Mediterranean fig
Heart Notes: Florentine iris, Egyptian jasmine, Sumatra patchouli
Base Notes: Leathery notes, Bourbon vanilla, Pink grape, White musk
3. MONTALE Eau de Parfum Spray Santal Wood
Best Sandalwood fragrance
Very gorgeous at its opening and smooth, settling and warm by the dry down, the fragrance development of Montale Santal Wood Eau De Parfum is rich and alluring.
Orientally classic sandalwood infused with cardamom, juniper, and seawater makes an exquisite scent. It opens with a moderate projection of marine, woody, and spicy accords feeling aquatic fresh, lovely, and a bit warm. Then it progresses to reveal heart notes that are mildly floral with a depth of rose and a dimension of jasmine-infused with cedar and ginger.
The juniper smells like green, fresh-cut wood and slightly sour, perfect to enhance the spices and give them a clean edge. Close at the dry down, the black pepper and nutmeg dominate the fragrance with oakmoss and sandalwood body.
The fragrance transitions from sharp top notes to a smooth and settling base. It is an amber-woody fragrance, perfect for both genders. Overall, it feels mildly masculine, resinous, formal, and fresh.
Top notes: Cumin, Marigold and Cardamom
Middle notes: Rose, Jasmine, Cedar, and Ginger
Base notes Sandalwood, Agarwood (Oud), and Patchouli.
4. MONTALE Eau de Parfum Spray Red Aoud
Best Romantic Fragrance
Red Aoud is an addicting, rose-forward, very well-balanced, and romantic Eau De Parfum. It is not linear but rather it develops from being spicy to sweet chocolate to warm woody and earthy.
It gives a fine moment at heart to reveal deep lush roses with dominant saffron and hot peppers on a bed of sandalwood, twirling along with the agarwood and oud body.
It’s sweet, spicy, floral, and very feminine but with a twist of Arabic oriental luxe. Men who exude confidence may pull it off or can layer it with other masculine perfumes to make a remarkably irresistible signature scent.
The base notes are orris root, sandalwood, and vetiver making an absolutely perfect scent for both genders. It’s delicious, warm, and spicy with a delicate pillowy feel of saffron and earthy edges.
The Red Aoud by Montale is proficient at its performance with brilliant sillage and longevity. It is very dynamic and gorgeous, perfect to wear anytime around the many seasons of year.
Top Notes: Agarwood (Oud), Pepper
Heart Notes: Rose, Saffron, Cumin
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Orris root, Vetiver
5. Montale Roses Elixir Eau De Parfum Spray
Best fresh, floral and fruity Perfume for Women
The Montale Roses Elixir is a very feminine and lovely fragrance with a classic opening that is definitely not old-fashioned. It has a lush rose at its faintest with nice and clean fruity notes.
You smell strawberries with delicious musk twirling with hints of rose and strawberry leaves, a trail of fresh citrus alongside orange flower and white jasmine.
The Montale Roses Eau De Parfum has a lovely development of fragrance, from fruity and floral top notes to floral and citrusy heart notes that finally retreats to earthy, amber, and brown vanilla base with last strokes of fresh citrusy tangerine.
In a nutshell, this is a rosy, fruity, fresh-aquatic perfume, perfect for young women. Very ideal to wear in springs, and other seasons of the year at any time of the day.
Roses Elixir has the most exquisite combination of base notes and at its heart, it’s surrounded by strawberries, orange blossom, patchouli, and mild but noticeable trails of jasmine and roses.
The sillage, longevity, and fragrance development of this perfume are lovely and admirable.
Top Notes: Citrus
Heart Notes: Rose, Strawberries, Jasmine, Orange blossom
Base notes: Amber, Musk, Vanilla
6. Montale Blue Amber Eau De Parfum Spray
Best Amber-Centric Montale Perfume
A piercing, refreshing and possessing fragrance by Montale, enriched with the most delicious, amber, and a burst of warm vanilla, the Montale Blue Amber Eau De Parfum is warm, spicy, and neutrally sweet.
Definitely a unisex perfume, this is neither an oriental fragrance nor a pompy floral-fruity scent but clean and lovely amber vanilla.
The Montale Blue Amber is amber-centric from the start, can be a bit harsh in the beginning but settles with aromatic, vanilla, and woody notes eventually opening its heart to more notes like that of patchouli, fresh spices, smoky balsamic,c and earthy notes like that of vetiver.
It condenses down to soft spices and a fresh bergamot scent. The amber and brown vanilla stay throughout the development and transition slightly as combined with developing notes.
The projection of Montale Blue Amber is very high, the sillage and longevity also being fairly high. It may start with a harsh note but it transitions to becoming a very smooth fragrance, easily settling and not at all offputting.
This is a unique scent, best wearable in fall or winter as casual or formal wear.
Top Notes: Italian bergamot, Bourbon geranium, Hesperidic notes
Heart Notes: Coriander, Patchouli, Vetiver
Base notes: Amber, Vanilla
How to Choose Your Best Montale Fragrance
Montale has a luxury fragrance line that costs about $180 per 100ml bottle. The nose behind every Montale fragrance is Pierre Montale, who is also known as the “French Ambassador of Oud”. He is a seasoned traveler, business owner, and a reputed name in the perfume industry. So when you buy Montale, you expect luxury, a standard, an uncompromising stature in the art of perfume making.
On the other hand, you also don’t want to blindly invest in something that doesn’t suit your personality well or something that has become exceedingly common and is super ordinary too.
When you smell perfumes in a store, almost all of them smell pleasant to you. However, when you take them home and wear them on your skin for a longer period of time, you discover different results.
So how should you choose legit fragrances for yourself, particularly Montale ones (since almost all of them have an oud base)?
Perhaps by understanding the fragrance notes mentioned on each perfume!
Understanding what these notes refer to, can help you spot a fragrance that compliments your personality and taste. Even if you want to try a new scent, understand the theme of Montale fragrances and the notes they have used in the fragrance formula that you are considering buying.
Here is a brief description of how each note smells like at the Montale fragrance line.
Floral - When Montale says it’s a floral perfume, they are usually referring to their use of rose, jasmine, and geranium. These fragrances can be deep, dark and rich, or fresh and blooming like pink flowers.
Fruity - Fruity Montale fragrances refer to the use of fresh, citrusy, and bright notes of mandarin, orange, and strawberry or dark rich notes of plum, honey-sweet fig, and purple grapes.
Woody - The most common woody elements that Montale uses in their ‘woody’ perfumes are sandalwood, vetiver, cedar, and of course, agarwood.
Oriental - When Montale calls a perfume having oriental notes, they mean a sensual, mesmerizing fragrance is ready to encapture your senses. They have spices, sandalwood, oud, vanilla, delicious musk, praline, etc.
Sillage and Scent Tolerance: Montale fragrances have an enormous sillage and eternal longevity. If you are someone who has low scent tolerance, you should try perfume with lesser sillage like Honey Aoud, Vanille Absolu, or Red Vetiver. These perfumes are also great for beginners.
On the other hand, if you want Montale perfumes with beast-mode sillage, try Intense Cafe, Dark Purple, or Chocolate Greedy.
Season and Climate: Fragrances are an experience that should be served right and as needed. Fruity, Floral, and fresh fragrances ooze freshness and pleasure in warmer, humid climates and summer/spring seasons. Roses Musk, Pure Gold, Dark Purple, or Sweet Vanilla by Montale can be used in this category.
Whereas oriental, sensual, woody, o earthy perfumes serve to ground comfort and a pleasant experience in cooler climates and chilly weathers. Try Intense Cafe, Mukhallat, Red Vetiver, or Chocolate Greedy.
The Bottom Line:
The Montale fragrances contain cedar, incense, or sandalwood along with a passionate base of oud. They have a particular theme behind their fragrance line and that is French love for the oriental East and we bet that you won’t regret experiencing the duo!