The French Ambassador of Oud

Pierre Montale had a date with destiny 20 years ago in the far reaches of the Kingdom of Arabia.

Inspired by the beauty and hidden secrets of the Eastern world, between learning process and pure marvel, he composes with confidential and millennial olfactory materials such as rose, incense, amber, cedar, precious woods and a thousand other wonderful scents like happy ointments or love potions.

On the range of Pierre Montale's most popular scents rises the spirit of the oud, keeper of traditions at the gates to the east. Pierre Montale will become the first ambassador for the West. Subjugated by his infinite combinatorial properties, Pierre Montale became the first ambassador of oud for the west.

Back to his homeland in 2003, he presents his first creations under the aegis of the new eponymous house. A unique olfactory immersion revealing a perfection only accessible with our eyes closed.

The Oud: «Wood of Gods»

On the range of Pierre Montale's most popular scents rises the spirit of the oud, keeper of traditions at the gates to the east. Fragrant Asian ointment commonly used in the gulf region and Saudi Arabia, this scent is extracted from the oud tree. A secret millennia process kept away from light during several years.

Subjugated by his infinite combinatorial properties, Pierre Montale became the first exporter of oud for the west. He will then compose more than a hundred of timeless fragrances.

What is The oud?

Oud is produced when the Aquilaria/Agar Tree is infected by a Sparasitic fungus. The tree naturally secrets a defense against this parasite. This mechanism produces a very dark and aromatic resin. This set of wood/parasite/natural defense is taken manually, sheltered from the light in cellars for several years. After a distillation process, the Oud is here.

It is a material used in spiritual rites and practices from the Middle East to the Far bats, crossing the border of religions.


Pierre Montale

Oud is a raw material that proposes itself, then imposes itself, gently and persistently. Its strength comes from the dents of the ages and the lands that have borne it, and its splendor, immediately perceptible, can be discovered and known only through time.

Discover the Montale movie

Travels, encounters and dazzling, from the desert to the domes of the citadel, experience the original emotion of this tireless traveler, who radiates silently in the first film of Montale Paris.

The Raw Materials

Exquisite raw materials are the secret to wonderful perfumes. That is why Montale has always used high quality natural materials to compose its olfactory creations in the highest possible concentration. Intensity and exceptional lasting: the Montale Parfums signature.

Emblematic raw materials


Fascinated by the rose, Pierre Montale brings in his compositions roses from France, Bulgaria, Turkey, India, Saudi Arabia... For ever more sensuality and originality. The delicate, powerful and distinctive fragrance of this flower evokes for the artist the very smell of oriental gardens. Emblematic of our brand, it is omnipresent in the perfumes of the House.

As a vanilla specialist, Pierre Montale pays particular attention to this charismatic ingredient. Vanilla was one of the first scents of the brand. Intimate, sensual and gourmand, it is essential to the elaboration of oriental perfumes. Montale Parfums has more than thirty scents based on Madagascar vanilla: the most beautiful vanilla in the world.

Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, patchouli is an essential plant in the perfumer's range. Its powerful scent is characteristic of chypre, woody and oriental perfumes. It is found in more or less 95 percent of our collection.

On the range of Pierre Montale's most popular scents, rises the spirit of the oud, guardian of the traditions at the gates of the Orient.
A fragrant Asian ointment widely used in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia, the scent is extracted from the oil of the oud tree. A secret millenary process, kept for several years protected from the light. Captivated by its infinite combinatory capacities, Pierre Montale became the first exporter to the West. He then composed more than a hundred timeless scents based on Oud wood.

Floral fragrances are often rose-based but Montale has diversified itself over the years. From white and heady flowers such as jasmine, tuberose, orange blossom or ylang-ylang, the bouquet is varied and offers depth and richness in our creations. All our flowers are extracted in Grasse, the city of perfumes.

Citrus scents group all the fragrances based on citrus fruits. Sparkling and joyful, these notes are very often found in the top notes of our creations to bring energy, acidity and freshness.


An essence, its case

The aluminum bottle, commonly used by the perfumers of Grasse in larger sizes to retain their perfume concentrates, has become a bottle of niche perfumery and a luxury product. It embodies the combination of luxurious modernity and the preservation of traditions.

The aluminum bottle Montale has been specially created to protect and preserve the valuable essences and contribute to their evolution.


Pierre Montale

A fragrance is a natural and living raw material, which continues its maceration. The fragrance you buy today will gain strength and roundness along its conservation. Time and maceration: The secret of an elixir.

An oriental touch from Paris

The iconic Montale

Black Oud: the Montale identity

A real oriental olfactory experience created by Pierre Montale in 1993. More than an oud, it is the first fragrance from the house which offers an intensity and a total surprise, by its mastered originality.

Today, iconic of the montale’s house, he mets the components of the oriental identity & the French excellence.

Black oud is an awesome Cambodian oud blender with Indonesian patchouli leaves over a combination of mandarin, musk and roses petals. It is a perfume with a powerful wake of sensuality.

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Montale through the eye of an artist Veronique Bigo

Veronique Bigo: Montale Artwork

Montale through the eye of an artist Veronique Bigo

"Venus could wear only perfumes. The perfume is the only clothe which suits her beauty; it is revealing a perfection of which we couldn’t access with our eyes closed. We abandon ourselves in her immaterial arms and it carries us in another space where our skins and our breath have related party. Hidden in the heart of its own invisibility, it doesn’t cover the body, it doesn’t mask, on the contrary it shapes an intangible sensoriality that slides in us and grabbed our breath to irradiate up to our intimate depths.

Our senses are places of exchange. The fragrance borrows the most vital way, the ways through which exerts what our senses have most immediate, most necessary, most primal and most archaic. It establishes fundamental porosity, pass through the skins like a ghost, to whom that wears it and to whom it intends to: the other breath you, you enter into its blow.

Only Veronique Bigo was able to report of its invisible crossings. Her painting doesn’t cover its support of a coloured wall, it doesn’t interpose, it is not an obstacle to this breathing of the canvas that we are invited to feel. Transparent, it perfumes her, in the sense that it creates also exchanges between buried intimacies.

As the perfume, it opens invisible doors, plays with the opaque materiality of things and the closing of spaces. Thus, your gaze goes through the metallic enclosure of the Montale’s perfume bottle.

And maybe you are able to, breathing deeply in front of the canvas and giving your senses to their intimate fantasy, feel that the perfume does the same, and that it invades you.

It is that Veronique Bigo didn’t content herself to represent a bottle of perfume: she painted the perfume itself. In turn, we should not content ourselves by staring looking it. We should breathe in front of the canvas, we should open our secret doors and let flows in ourselves the invisible essence of her painting."

Thierry Le Gall