An exquisite representative of the leather olfactory group, Memoir Man was introduced by Amouage in September 2010, together with its feminine counterpart, Memoir Woman. Developed by perfumer Karine Vinchon, this fragrance represents a re-interpretation of the classic story between a man and a woman. The description on the official website mentions that “Resonating the fragments of a memoir this woody and leather fougere fragrance is inspired by the somber mood of an existential journey”.
Having that in mind, I was very anxious to test this perfume, not solely based on the fact that I do not have a single Arabian perfume in my collection. The first thing that I noticed in Memoir Man was its opaque black bottle that inspires sobriety and elegance. The flask shape is a replica of the previous launches from Amouage, however I will say that here the black color scheme captures better the message that the scent intends to deliver.
Having finished with the image aspect, I moved on to sniffing. Because I did not expect any unpleasant surprise, I tested Memoir Man directly on the skin. The result unveiled a pure delightful scent that mixes precious ingredients for a memorable long-lasting trail. The beginning of the fragrance is a blend having absinth as prominent note, placed next to wormwood, basil and mint. At that stage I was beginning to experience my Arabic journey. Then, in about 30 minutes I was transported to the heart of the scent, in which the instantly recognizable accord of frankincense (olibanum) is juxtaposed with Rose and lavender absolute. Subsequent to a couple of hours, the base turned woody, in a combination of sandalwood, Guaiac wood, vetiver, musk, vanilla, amber, oakmoss, leather and tobacco.
The conclusion is that I was totally convinced by this creation from Amouge, mainly due to its frankincense (olibanum) aromas, therefore for my new perfume, I will have to choose between Oliban from Keiko Mecheri, Nur from SoOud and Memoir Man from Amouage. I will let you know the winner.
Amouage Memoir Man Perfume Details
- Memoir Man by Amouage is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Leather
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2010
- Perfumer: Karine Vinchon
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual