The lovely folks over at Amouage recently sent me a rather delectable package. Underneath all of the necessary paperwork were two boxes, both of which were wrapped in gift packaging. The presentation enticed me with the detail in the wrapping paper and eloquent ribbon which now lays horizontally across my bedroom wall.
Inside of the brown package were two extraordinary boxes: Amouage Extraits, Exceptional of course, and the new attar coffrets. The latter will be posted in the near future. However, the Exceptional Amouage Extraits came in a delicate white box with each of the concentrations listed below.
These fragrance variants are high concentration perfumes. For example, Honour 43 is 43% concentrated perfume oil. Quite niche and very powerful! The Omani company is very well known in the fragrance world for its unique approach to perfumery.
“The House has redefined the Arabian art of perfumery and garnered a global reputation for bringing innovative modernity and true artistry to all its creations. Masterfully paying tribute to its heritage, Amouage is a unique fusion of East meets West that defines avant-garde opulence.”
So sit back, relax and enjoy the ambience of this buyer’s guide to the Exceptional Amouage Extraits.
Amouage Extraits: Honour 43 Woman
Top Notes: Pepper, Rhubarb Leaves, Coriander
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Tuberose, Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, Carnation
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Labdanum, Vetiver, Frankincense, Opoponax, Leather
Matured for 5 weeks and macerated for 3, Honour 43 is an absolutely delightful feminine fragrance that invites you in with sweet fruits, florals and an almost milky accord.
Right away, the scent reminded me of a hug. Not one that was warm or over-bearing, but one that made you grin upon first touch. Think of that time you saw a friend who you may have feelings for. Remember how the emotion ran through your veins and stopped at your heart, making it beat ten times harder? Exactly.
At the top, there is an inherent fruitiness from the Rhubarb leaves and cooking spices. I instantly thought of Oregano but that would be too overbearing. It’s fresh and clean in a Sauvage type of way.
That milkiness continues down to the heart where the conglomeration of florals meets the woods at the base. I feel as if all of the harsh personality traits that we usually associate with these notes have been stripped.
What you’re left with is an intrinsically floral and fruity fragrance that’s great for everyday wear. What a great way to kick off the Amouage Extraits!
Amouage Extraits: Reflection 45 Man
Top Notes: Benzoin, Pink Peppercorn, Clary Sage, Lavender, Cardamom, Juniper Berry
Heart Notes: Neroli, Orris, Jasmine, Angelica, Tonka Bean, Vanilla
Base Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Frankincense, Opoponax
I’m starting to understand just how elite Amouage is when it comes to their spicy accords. Reflection 45 has been matured for 10 weeks and macerated for a subsequent 6. I felt as if Lucas Sieuzac waved a magic wand over the maceration pot.
The scent profile brings me back to my time at summer camp in which we would frolic around nature in between the random activities and lunch. Although it brings back memories of my childhood, the profile is anything but youthful.
At the top, the spices are quite robust. What I appreciate is that they aren’t overpowering by any means. I pick up the Neroli and Lavender, can register the Vanilla and am blown away by the Tonka Bean.
Beneath all of this, Frankincense stands out due to the Incense accord which follows it. The Musk aspect of this fragrance is also top-notch! It’s extremely manly, in a rugged yet refined way. It creates this image in my head of a businessman with a tightly lined-up box beard, grey suit and a snarl. Somehow, it’s approachable and unique, making this fragrance an absolute must-have for all of the gentlemen out there.
Amouage Extraits: Interlude 53 Man
Top Notes: Bergamot, Oregano, Pimento Berry
Heart Notes: Amber, Frankincense, Cistus, Opoponax
Base Notes: Leather, Agarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood
For me, this profile was slightly tough to digest upon first spray. The mixture of Bergamot and Oregano is unique and a bit off-putting upon first smell. But after a few minutes, it’s intoxicating.
If you’ve read my buyer’s guides, you probably know that Amber and I have an odd relationship. Sometimes I love it and it blows me away, and other times it can ruin a fragrance completely. For Interlude 53 however, it’s astonishing.
Matured for 8 weeks and macerated for 16, Interlude 53 is a woody, complex fragrance with multiple sexy fascets. It reminds me of a choose your own adventure book. Pick one profile and let yourself get entranced in its trail. Although the top was a lot to digest, it combines perfectly with the remaining notes. Oregano acts super spicy while Bergamot gives the Amber and Frankincense a good kick in the you know where.
Those notes in the heart and base produce a sublime woody accord that is manly, campfire smoky and slightly resinous. It gives me the vibe of fresh bark which has been peeled off a tree right in front of your very eyes. The Leather is quite intrusive which I’m really a fan of. It makes itself known and forces the other notes to build off of it.
Amouage Extraits: Epic 56 Woman
Top Notes: Cumin, Pink Peppercorn, Cinnamon
Heart Notes: Centifolia Rose, Geranium, Jasmine Tea
Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Oud, Frankincense, Guaiac Wood, Orris, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vanilla
The fourth and final piece of this magical Extraits collection is Epic 56 woman which was matured for 8 weeks and macerated for 10. I know that I mentioned this above but this collection truly was a masterclass on spicy fragrances.
Epic 56 opened extremely herbal, reminding me of tea that you drink to cure an upset stomach. The Cinnamon component is lacking the cold weather feel which I actually enjoyed. It gave the scent a very spring feel and was closer towards the fresh side than warm.
In the heart are a few floral accords that are suppressed during the first few hours. Eventually, they bloom and give off a sexy, scandalous trait. The Rose speaks volumes during this time, really pushing the evocative nature of the scent.
At the base, the conglomeration of warm woods melds together in order to create a dense, light aroma which transitions the scent into a bit of a cozier feel. At this point, the fragrance goes from spring to winter in terms of how warm the profile is. Epic 56 is listed as a Spicy Amber and there’s good reason for that. I truly enjoyed the fragrance from top to bottom, although I would enjoy smelling Honour 43 more on my partner.
Conclusion of the Exceptional Amouage Extraits
I was absolutely in love with this collection upon conclusion. I appreciated and enjoyed every nuance of each scent. But, I have to crown one the winner. For the first time ever, I’m going to be selecting a feminine fragrance!
Honour 43 was truly the most enjoyable of the four. I believe that it has so many great properties and has the potential to be a warm-weather fragrance for everyone. Although the fragrance may have a lot of feminine traits, I believe that all confident people can rock this scent.