Who has never heard of Amouage at this point? Amouage is a clear winner in modern perfumery and the production of niche scents. Amouage’s creations earmark opulence and decadence and place a thoughtful creative process, that can feel rushed while exploring other notable houses. Having “Amouage quality” is synonymous to modern creations being; opulent, of high value and quality. With that said, Amouage for some people, can be the gateway into niche perfume or their departure. To my fondness, Amouage has hardly failed in delivery of brash, complex and challenging scents, but I did not always reside with that sentiment. So, here are my “Pick 5’s” for those that are new to this or the many that departed and care to revisit. These deserve a bit of your time!
I’ve mentioned this one a number of times, because it’s hard not to like. Memoir Man is a multi-faceted monster. It’s a roller-coaster of green and smoky nuances provided by the mint, basil and ever present frankincense, then on to smoky-leather-woody, with a hint of wet, dewy tobacco. I think I’ve heard this one is “too green” many times, but give it sometime, because MemoireMan could reveal something different on every wearing.
Ostentatious is a word that quickly comes to mind when sniffing Jubilation. To say it’s opulent, is an understatement and with a grocery list of notes, it is safe to say Bertrand Douchaufour “put his foot” in this one. Jubilation is boozy-berried-smoky in a nutshell, it has this dried fruitiness thanks to the use of Amouage’s frankincense and a prominent blackberry note that adds a hint of sweetness. Jubilation XXV should only be dressed up and worn by a confident man or woman, but I must add, this is fit for a KING.
Lyric, aahh lyric. A masculine rose if there ever was such a thing. This is for those “I hate rose anything” men, well guys, this is masculine with a heavy dose of rose. It’s also quite spicy, soapy, and green. I get a rose-mojito vibe with a blast of lime and bergamot, the lime persists nearly into the dry down. There’s a lot of ginger, nutmeg and a slight sweetness of saffron to spice things up. Lyric is suave as all get out and any man who dares to wear it, must not let it wear them. Yes, you are wearing a fragrance dominated by uuh-rose and yes, you should look damned good doing it.
Oh my! This is the chaotic cousin of most amber based fragrances, who all fall on being too linear. Enter, Interlude, the brash, not-giving-a-squat elephant in the room. Interlude is bombastic and easily one of the most powerful eau de parfums I’ve come across. There is resinous amber, laudanum, smoky incense, oud, and a slight sweetness throughout—could it be honey? Interlude Man is not for the faint of heart or those who like their fragrances in order, it’s pure, lovable chaos!
I guess, Reflection Man would be the Ben Stein of the pack, because it could get boring from here. (In a good way). Reflection Man reflects that of a regal, elegant man, one that would possibly frequent St. Tropez often, whilst sitting atop his multi-million dollar yacht that cascades into the sea, or it could reflect a man who is on the beaches of St. Tropez, on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, getting married to the love of his life. Reflection Man doesn’t have to try hard to be the life of the party, because he is the party. It’s that good. I get an angelic-cleanliness from Reflection Man, clean and creamy with neroli and orris, I also get a dirty jasmine somewhere in the mid. It’s not a “beach-y” fragrances, but this is white linen on a white, sandy beach in a bottle. Signature scent worthy!