While reading in June about the upcoming launch of a new perfume from the Oman-based luxury perfume house Amouage, and discovering the accord of incense amongst its ingredients, I decided that this should be my future review on one of the Amouage products. Of course, I also lacked Lyric Man from my olfactory experiences therefore I considered this an invitation for going and sniffing oriental perfumes. As an aside, there is an aspect that turned into a tradition for Amouage, because instead of one they introduced a pair of fragrances, called Interlude Woman (a chypre floral authored by Karine Vinchon Spehner) and Interlude Man (a woody spicy developed by perfumer Pierre Negrin).
When analyzing the case of Interlude Man, with a description in the official website that speaks about “a spicy and woody fragrance inspired by chaos and disorder masquerading an interlude moment of harmony in its heart”, what I discovered later while spraying my wrist with this essence was one of the sweetest take on incense, witness by me so far.
The construction of Interlude Man is done in such a way that reminds of the sumptuous character promoted by the Middle East perfumery. Having an opening in which citruses were mixed with spices (bergamot, oregano and pimento berry oil), Interlude advances into its heart with something that might be best described as a purification aroma sweetened by a warm facet (heart notes: cistus, opoponax, amber, frankincense). After a while, in spite of the fact that the accords of incense are perceivable until dry down and extreme dry down, the base kicked in with an beguiling combination of leather note and agarwood smoke, destined to impress your nostrils with such a special finish.
The bottle that carries the essence is the famous Amouage signature flask, this time made from transparent deep blue glass (one of the most beautiful nuances of blue in perfumery!) and topped by the golden stopper with the shape of a dagger handle, aiming to evoke the opulence of Middle East culture. As always, the packaging box represents a nice work of art.
My conclusion, reached after carefully analyzing Interlude Man, and although I admit this was one of the most interesting take on incense smelled so far, is that of not including the scent in my benchmark (and consequently, nor I ever consider an acquisition). However, this should not stop you from going out and testing Interlude Man. And perhaps you will want to share your impression here with us.
Amouage Interlude Man Perfume Details
- Interlude Man by Amouage is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Spicy
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumer: Pierre Negrin
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual