Although Louban is just the second fragrance I tested from Montale, I somehow felt let down, due to the fact that my expectations were high. I’m not saying Louban is a bad perfume, I simply state that, instead of a linear scent that develops with certain predictability, I would have imagined a more innovative fragrance.
But that’s probably me, because I’m not so used to the creations of this Paris-based niche perfumery house. Although a question mark occurred in the past, while sampling Full Incense, which sadly, did not qualified for my personal benchmark with respect to incense.
Louban was introduced in 2009, as part of Gold Selection line of Montale, being an oriental woody unisex and developed by perfumer Pierre Montale. Its structure and the notes remain faithful to the classic olfactory pyramid, having a top, heart and base. The opening in Louban introduces an aroma of Rose (Turkish Rose), followed quickly by a good dosage of oud and drying down to a musky-powdery base filled with incense. The listed top notes are rose and agarwood (oud); its heart is made of violet leaves; while the base notes feature a combination of musk, patchouli, frankincense and sandalwood.
With respect to persistence, Louban maintains an average value, in spite of the fact that for this part (again!) I would have expected more. The bottle that contains the perfume is obviously golden, with iits Louban signature shape and features shades of black for the writings and the classic un-usual stopper with its fastener in order to prevent accidental spraying. Overall, if you’re searching for a subtle aroma of rose, I guess Louban is able to satisfy that desire.
Montale Louban Perfume Details
- Louban by Montale is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2009
- Perfumer: Pierre Montale
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual