Another piece of Arabian luxury in my perfume library – six Amouage fragrances from their Main collection. Those are classic and undeniably gorgeous scents featuring traditional oriental accords – Amouage perfume house was founded by Sultanate of Oman more than 30 years ago.
So, on a very basic level of perception I divide the scents that I like into two categories – the ones that “take me places” and nourish my imagination the most, and those that I see as skillfully crafted bouquets of classic balanced notes created to accentuate the beauty of their owners, attract attention, just make somebody’s day better – but they don’t take me anywhere. It’s like some fragrances have kinetic, dynamic qualities, and others have static (which are equally valuable, just different).
These six women’s fragrances fit perfectly into my second category – they are absolutely stunning, they don’t take me places, but they do make their statements. Perhaps they are too balanced for my curious mind that loves to pick out something strange and unusual. However I’m truly delighted to have them because they are indeed very, very fine perfumes.
It is probably my favorite fragrance from this particular set. First, what a beautiful name! And then, many of my beloved notes are there – geranium, black tea, incense, rose, oud. They definitely stand out. I think I could try layering it with vetiver, then I might be completely satisfied with it. Musk is there, but is barely detectable, which is great as I learned to be really careful with it. I get a lot of pleasant smokiness as it dries out too. Notes:
Cumin, Pink Bay, Cinnamon
Damascene Rose, Geranium, Jasmine, Tea
Amber, Musk, Oud, Frankincense, Guaiac Wood, Orris, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vanilla
Poetic and melancholic, pure as color white and gardenia flower itself, elegant and delicate, with a touch of spice and leather. It was inspired by the story of Madame Butterfly. The longevity of this fragrance is unbelievable! The notes are:
Pepper, Rhubarb Leaves, Coriander
Gardenia, Jasmine, Tuberose, Lily of the Valley, Carnation
Vetiver, Frankincense, Amber, Opoponax, Leather
In my opinion, it’s a pretty nostalgic and sexy vintage scent. Even though it was released in 2012, I feel like this chypre formula was pretty popular in late 80s. It’s flowers are vibrant, herbs are tart, I can sense the intense heat of civet and musk – it’s complex and very feminine. Notes:
Jasmine, Rose, Lavender, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Chamomile, Cardamom
Ylang-ylang, Violet, Everlasting, Cistus, Benzoin, Olibanum, Patchouli
Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Castoreum, Civet, Leather, Musk, Vanilla
What seems interesting to me is that from this rich symphony of notes I only get the combination of smoke and narcissus on top of castoreum. I guess this is what irreversibility of fate smells like! It makes a rather lovely chypre fragrance, I’d give it that! 🙂 The “aftertaste” of it is rather animalistic, but soft, even cashmere. Much warmer than the chypre of Beloved. Notes:
Bergamot, Cinnamon, Chili, Pepper
Rose, Narcissus, Jasmine, Frankincense, Labdanum
Vanilla, Frankincense, Benzoin, Castoreum, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Leather
is a classic floral oriental scent, somewhat resinous in the beginning. Ylang-ylang and rose notes are bright and prominent, even though they are not very easy to distinguish – as I mentioned before, the compositions of Amouage perfumes are skillfully balanced. I wish I could get more of tarragon – it’s not often that I come across this note in perfumes, but I absolutely love it. Even if I get a trace of its presence in this fragrance, it’s very tart and bitter ( not aromatic as I like it). The fragrance softens in just about half an hour though, my overall impression – it’s timeless, classy, pleasant on any type of skin.
Tarragon, Rose, Lemon, Ylang-ylang
Davana, Labdanum Ciste, Rose, Frankincense
Amber, Musk, Vetiver, Myrrh, Patchouli
Floral, spicy, silky, sweet, and significantly musky. It’s a little more “naughty” and playful than the other five fragrances from this collection. But – I can only see this on cold skin type, otherwise there is a risk of getting some unpleasant undertones. On cold skin though it could be an absolute delight – aside of being musky it’s very aromatic too. Notes:
Bergamot, Spicy Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger
Rose, Angelica, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Geranium, Orris
Oakmoss, Musk, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vetiver, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Frankincense
I can definitely see this set as a gift for somebody who likes classic and vintage chypres and florals, they wouldn’t be disappointed in neither quality nor variety or rich concentration. If you own any of these, please share your impressions in comments below!