Dark, initially sour, woody-floral aoud, absolutely magnificent and bold. The herbaceous beginning preludes to a sensational smell that is a walk in a dark thick forest, deeply breathing the woodsy balsamic air while chewing a lime candy. We have no lime in composition but aoud and lime is exactly what AL smells of. The top notes are dreadfully medicinal, erbaceous, mentholated and sharp. The pharmaceutical bitter top is soon tamed by the insertion of the rose-orris duet. The scent becomes soon sweeter and fresher, opening the door to rose-patchouli accord very exotic and warm. The rose is subdued in comparison with the superstar Black Aoud's rose, it flanks the patchouli in order to give a fresh exotic touch to the dry aromatic beginning. A spicy sandalwood places its roots in the dry down ground in order to warm and amalgamate the whole composition, giving to it texture and solidity. The usage of saffron balances back the floral sweetness with its touch of iodated bitterness. May be this is the lime effect in Aoud Lime. I really love this one even if prefer Black Aoud. It lacks in my opinion the BA's "ultra dimensional and psychedelic" daring feel to be enjoyed in the top fluorescent, cozy nights out. Anyway we are as well talking about an heavyweight in terms of refinement and boldness. To be worn in order to impress the hit of authority in the course of business meetings or for some psycho-explorative dinners in a sweet company.
I detect plenty of artificilal cardamom combined with lavender by soon. I dislike it and have tried many many times to explore and appreciate its smell on my skin. In my opinion it's generic in its vetiver/cedarwood "basement", too synthetically sweet and orangy (cinnamon/orange?), fruity (in an almost resinous artificial way) and unclassy. The coumarine/labdanum combo smells un-natural and fruity in a slightly sticky way. I'll never wear it for my nocturnal battles, madam night requires much more and the stock of my cellar is full of velvety masterpieces ready to snap for clubs as well as dark, raged dogs haunting spiteful speedy cats.
P.S: Cuoio on my skin is an aromatic (lot of juniper berries, birch tar), piney, slightly rooty, vaguely soapy-medicinal and herbal type of leather. Airy and soapy-vegetal-medicinal for long (I suppose bergamot provides a touch of "pharmaceutical effect" which anyway I like since it's under the right level). The final leather's touch is refined and fresh, perfectly calibrated and subtle. I get a remarkable vetiver's presence around. Recommended.
Ps: the dry down, after many hours, is creamy (a creamy/musky amber-aoud evolution), even more musky and smooth with a fresh aromatic vibe of forest.
P.S: don't believe the hypes guys, don't be enchanted by a massive marketing campaign for sure but I furthermore add anyway...don't be blindly enchanted by the trendy easy appeal of the "charge free" intellectual denigration, we are everybody able to allocate over different levels Black Afgano and Guerlain Derby.
Musk and amber well round the dry down imprinting a good dose of warm (salty/sweaty/organic in vibe) virility.