Arabians Tonka 2019

Arabians Tonka by Montale
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Ranked 39 in Unisex Perfume
8.1 / 10 2024 Ratings
Arabians Tonka is a popular perfume by Montale for women and men and was released in 2019. The scent is oriental-sweet. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.
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Main accords

Oriental
Sweet
Spicy
Woody
Gourmand

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
SaffronSaffron BergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart Notes
Bulgarian roseBulgarian rose Nepalese oudNepalese oud LeatherLeather
Base Notes Base Notes
Tonka beanTonka bean Cane sugarCane sugar AmberAmber White muskWhite musk OakmossOakmoss
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Scent
8.12024 Ratings
Longevity
9.41958 Ratings
Sillage
9.21947 Ratings
Bottle
7.01898 Ratings
Value for money
8.41765 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 22.04.2024.

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Radarlocke01

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Radarlocke01
Radarlocke01
Top Review 33  
First Eat, Then Love
Arabians Tonka was the first fragrance of this kind I got under the nose. My first niche fragrance. I had him with an order as a sample in my package. At that time I was not yet registered at Parfumo and could not inform myself what to expect. Since I knew until that time only designer fragrances I also did not know's of the existence of such
"Fragrance Bombs." I mean that positively, because durability and sillage are already very important to me.
I like to test new fragrances in the night shift, because I'm mostly alone and can not bother anyone with possible missteps.
So I took Arabians Tonka with me to work and sprayed him, as my colleague had gone, generously. For my at this time still untrained nose was the absolute smell shock ! These intense scents and the insane sillage have totally overwhelmed me. What I smell there I could not have said, but the scent caused me slight nausea. Today I know that there are fragrances in which 2 sprays are enough, and 4 to 5 sprays are definitely too much!
What surprised me very much, everyone who met me in my night service said I smell very good! And I was ashamed all the time because I thought " they are kidding me ".
Even my husband told me the next morning that I smell very good. He very rarely does that!
The next night shift I was greeted by an insanely great smell when I took my cardigan out of the locker. Beautifully spicy, warm and pleasantly sweet.
I am totally intrigued, is this the Arabians Tonka ??? WOW, I am overwhelmed by this beautiful fragrance !!!
It has then nevertheless lasted over a month until I dared to spray him again! This time at home and only a spray on the arm. And I must say the scent has flashed me again. This time in the positive sense. Due to the careful dosage I was able to enjoy the scent now. This beautiful saffron with the not too intense bergamot, so beautiful. In the heart note a rose to kneel down ( actually I don't like rose so much in perfume), finely interwoven with oud and leather. This way the scent lingers for a very long time. In the drydown, the rose is coated with sugar and tonka bean and musk join in. This gives the scent a subtle spice. So nice the scent stays for a very, very long time. Perceptible on my skin for more than 24 hours, on clothes for days. This fragrance is for me a masterpiece, you just must not overdo it !

I would never have thought that a fragrance that has almost disgusted me at the first testing can inspire me later so! And my environment he also likes. So dear people, always best to test several times. Maybe you also experience one or the other surprise
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DarkWinterCS

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Top Review 20  
The fleeing stallion perfumes himself
I knew that at some point the time would come, at some point the point would come when I would be told that my passion for perfume would create difficulties in my open-plan office. Although my colleagues are very steadfast and are used to a lot, this time I overdid it a bit. But the fact that it happens with this Montale Arabians Tonka surprises me a lot. Even my ombre nomad from Louis Vuitton has already provided for escape reflexes with a sprayer, but this Montale surprises me a little bit.

As I had a somewhat divided relationship with the brand during my previous experiences with it, I wanted to try the fragrances that sounded quite good to my ears and should contain notes that I otherwise find quite pleasant. These include Oud Dream, Bengal Oud and this Arabian Tonka. Especially the latter one seemed to be in great demand, because my share was filled up incredibly fast.

First of all, I can say that the fragrance does not sniff the four-legged friend that is depicted on the bottle. Otherwise you probably would have thought you had a zoologist under your nose. The flacon itself is the normal Montale standard. I find these aluminium bottles quite decorative, but they are also wonderfully suitable for sharing, because you can simply screw them on. However, the quality is generally quite low. What can you expect if you expect at least a halfway high quality fragrance for the price?

Arabian's Tonka is one of those fragrances I never had great expectations of. Since my experiences so far have been rather fluctuating, I was hoping for a very pleasing scent after all. Also the rose, which Montale likes to use very much, has always been quite annoying for me. Looking at it closely, I can say that the rose comes out less than expected, but it makes itself felt in a different way.

The fragrance is a very cuddly firework on the skin. Because it is very pleasing, flatters the nose and does not appear overly sweet. Just the beginning reminds of a Bourbon vanilla, which was slightly heated. Delicate fine aromas, sweetishly matt wood and wafer-thin rose petals. Little by little the woodiness decreases a little and the rose comes out a little more. For me as a rose hater but never in a way that would bother me.

It must be said, however, that despite its beautiful scented character, the fragrance is not an extraordinary scent. It doesn't create the associations or thoughts of a Mortal Skin, Black Gemstone or Ombre Nomade for me. Rather the feeling that we are simply dealing with a very good fragrance. One that should appeal to many, as I have not received any negative comments so far. If I had to compare it, I would think of a somewhat unsweet vanilla crescent with a rosewater wrap.

But the big fireworks will then take place in the Sillage. Admittedly, I used four sprayers in the first test, but with these sprayers I fogged a 100 square meter office up to the ceiling, so that the smoke detectors and sprinkler system thought about switching to active mode for a short time. Because in the surrounding area a turgid rose with vanilla aromas has spread, which caused a bit of gasping. I heard a bit of it myself, but not to this extreme degree. Because the durability is also extremely good, so the day with the fragrance is definitely yours.

Arabia's tonka times four and the day is yours
In any case, I have made my experiences, so I will pay attention to a lower dosage next time. Because this montal will blow you away
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Serenus71

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Serenus71
Top Review 43  
Shitstorm instead of compliments - a field report
I have already written a statement about this product, but I would like to share an experience just before Christmas, as Arabians Tonka continues to be a hype, which is also confirmed by the high-frequency staccato of mostly enthusiastic statements and reviews.

On Saturday morning in the wholesale market, everything is basically still quiet and peaceful, people are still a little tired and indifferent, when suddenly this unmistakable high-voltage hammer of tonka bean, some leather and this synthetic sweetness exploded. Although the scent radius must have been a dozen meters, the source of this olfactory bomb was quickly evaluated: as a middle-aged lady with jet-black hair, a (hopefully fake) fur coat, trainers from an Italian fashion house with very large lettering and leather boots rushed past me towards the protein-enriched curd, the air was suffocating. The nice Saxon saleswoman, who was just filling up the milk, only briefly moaned "That's not necessary now, is it?", and in general this brutal cloud behind the lady in question did not draw any compliments, but otherwise only perplexed looks. In the dewy early hours of the day, however, the reactions were still very tempered overall.

Quite different in the evening in the restaurant. A large, beautiful historic hall, French-inspired cuisine, every seat taken, as is often the case during the Advent season. The first tables had already been served their main courses when the same unmistakable aroma once again made its appearance, first passing us by and then settling two tables away. This time it was a man with a typical barbershop hairstyle including beard, early twenties, no more trainers, but with decidedly (after-)casual clothing and a cool demeanor. The scent became much milder at this distance, but was still perceptible. The (presumably) married couple at the table between us, on the other hand, who were sitting much closer to the source of the scent particles and had just been served a beef tartare, were less amused. After a few shy forks, which apparently only tasted of tonka bean, the female member of this tandem took heart and politely asked if the gentleman could be given another table, as the meal was no longer any fun.

The waiter in charge of the table was not present at the time, so the sommelier, who by virtue of his profession must have a fine nose, came and asked the Tonka gentleman, who was obviously still waiting for a second person, to make do with a table at the very edge of the restaurant. The gentleman's reaction was very civilized and courteous and he moved. The next quarter of an hour was not very eventful when suddenly a heated commotion broke out in this more secluded corner of the restaurant. Words could not be made out, but it was obviously another conflict between perfume and cuisine. After several minutes of vociferous discussion, the gentleman with the barbershop hairstyle and his companion, who had arrived in the meantime, also with a beard, stood up and left the restaurant to the cheerful approval of the remaining guests. The presumed spouse concluded the discussion by saying that under these circumstances he would prefer to have dinner in a cigar lounge. I wouldn't go quite that far, but after two Arabians Tonka experiences that day, I would at least like to give the bottle a "Danger! May impair your health and cause undesirable side effects" sticker.
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Dekibrate

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The first Montale
First time Arbabians Tonka.... I went to the Breuninger to try this fragrance. Together with my best homie we were standing in Breuninger in front of the Montale shelf when two random girls came up to us and asked us what we were looking for. I told them that we were looking for Arabians Tonka, but unfortunately this sample was already empty and I couldn't smell it. The two were completely enthusiastic and told us how extremely krass gehyped at the moment this fragrance is and that I have to get this absolutely. Since, as I said, the sample was empty and we could not smell the fragrance on site, my colleague ordered the 100ml directly in the online shop. After a week then as the perfume arrived, I drove to his home to fill me the Tonka. When I arrived home, I sprayed me in the morning exactly two splashes (1xHandgellenk, 1x neck front) on me. Until the evening I smelled this perfume very strongly on me. The next day I sniffed again on my hoodie to look like the scent on the clothes makes. Unbelievably good! I could not get my head around how good this perfume smelled.

But one experience I could also make is that this perfume is definitely not for the office. It is really very strong and very penetrating, so I really recommend only two spritzes with this fragrance.

Nevertheless, for me a really very special and extravagant fragrance, which I have smelled so very rarely to none. The rate of compliments but kept so far still within limits, but is probably because we have to constantly wear our masks and the direct contact to the perfume / fragrance cloud is unfortunately not there.

Trotzallem I can really only recommend this fragrance, so far I have only come across the Arabians Tonka and Pure Love.

Have fun with the fragrance.
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LS5

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The blind purchase and my problem with Arabians Tonka
I'm sure many of us know this: receiving gifts is great. But giving someone a gift is just intoxicating. Especially when it comes to perfume. I don't know why, but most of the time I'm much more excited about gifting my partner a fragrance than buying one for myself. The only problem with this is that I often tend to buy a bottle straight away, rather than holding a sample under the gentleman's nose first. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Such is the case with Montale's Arabians Tonka, so beloved by many.

In the short time of the Click & Meet, I had snagged a shopping appointment at the Albrecht. Full of anticipation and with the goal of getting myself a new fragrance, I let them show me 7-8 scents. Unfortunately there was nothing that I liked 100%, but of course I couldn't go back to work empty handed. So I asked the wonderful and very patient saleswoman to show me some more men's scents. I told her my partner likes it sweet and spicy, something along the lines of Layton Exclusif, and it has to last. She showed me four scents, including Arabians Tonka. I took a quick sniff and was immediately blown away, "Yes, exactly! Exactly what I'm looking for! Oh, it's delicious! Yes, he'll like it! Wrap it up once please, I'll take it with me." No sooner said than done, I drove home full of joy and handed my partner his gift. I urged him to try the fragrance immediately. He did and I waited for his reaction, which was not as enthusiastic as I had hoped. "Yes, yet smells quite good, yes, mhh mhh, quite good". I was puzzled at first because I thought he was so great after all. Then my partner swung his arm in my direction and I picked up a scent that I found quite unpleasant. We both waited out the evening, but that animalistic sweet a little sweaty smell only got stronger. Not overly so but strong enough for us to notice it. A few days later, my partner wanted to try the scent again. I had actually forbidden him to wear the scent in my presence :-D. Well, the second test also revealed this one scent that we both didn't like. And that's a shame, because the fragrance itself has quite a bit going for it.

About the fragrance:
The fragrance actually starts rather fresh spicy. I find the bergamot in the opening is only briefly but very nice. Shortly thereafter, I smell actually only sweet. The Tonka comes through super strong and actually also quite nice. Probably the combo of amber cane sugar and tonka. And then I don't know what scent or combo it is. I have a hunch that it's the Nepalese oud? I have no idea though, because so far I've only known oud from the Delina exclusive and I think it's super nice there. In the drydown the sweetness softens even more, the musk definitely does a good job here. Still, that note continues to linger and does so for hours. And yes, Arabians Tonka is a beast. The longevity is really insane and the sillage is fierce too. I think two small sprays are enough for the complete day.

Definitely a fragrance that I would not buy blindly, because it is already special. But I can well imagine that it is just this one note (probably the oud?), which many like so much. It makes the fragrance less mainstream in my opinion. Arabians Tonka definitely has a high recognition value. I'd probably sniff that one out anywhere right now. Actually, after that I had told myself, no more blind-bought fragrance gifts for the partner, but... I'm already thinking of one that he will definitely like :-D (I'll never learn)
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GoldGoddessGoldGoddess 3 years ago
This is Intense Cafe with less prominent rose plus Oud-Bouquet-ish saffron and bit of leather. Nuclear performance so easy on the trigger.
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Beymen27Beymen27 2 years ago
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Unfassbar guter Duft, der auch mit Extras wie Haltbarkeit sehr gut überzeugt!
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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 3 years ago
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A dry and dusty, slightly leathery, yet warm and spicy woody/sweet Gourmand, with an intense metallic spicy-earthy opening. Good performance
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Hartsy3Hartsy3 10 months ago
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Spun sugar over a sort of motor-oil, leathery base. It's like someone is making caramel inside a repairs garage. Strong and interesting.
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IlonaslotIlonaslot 1 year ago
Can't stand this fragrance. The combination of oud and leather in this fragrance makes it unbearable for my nose. Not for me at all.
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