|"nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals|
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing"
somewhere i have never travelled, ee cummings
For women, wearing a rose scent is ordinary, a bit of a cliché even. For men, in the Western parts of the world, daring. Amouage d-double-dares its European and American masculine audience with Lyric Man, a perfume that differs from most men's rose fragrances in that the rose here is not hiding self-consciously behind the virile backs of woods, ouds, leathers and spices. It is boldly at the forefront, in the center, the most prominent note from start to finish.
Lyric Man is not a rose soliflore by any stretch of imagination, it is a complex blend; however, the numerous players in the composition never over-crowd or over-power the rose. Citruses in the top notes lend the rose a certain breezy, almost sharp freshness. Ginger, nutmeg and saffron add spice. Angelica, galbanum and pine bring a green-aromatic, dry if not austere element to the composition, counter-balancing the indolent exoticism of spices and vanilla with sharply-tailored, rather urbane classicism. Sandalwood and frankincense in the base enhance both the fresh-green-dry and the creamy-ripe-languid sides of the rose, its fragile crystallinity and its heady intensity.
Women who like their roses woody, dark and aromatic will find Lyric Man very easy to wear. As for men...according to Amouage, the scent was meant for a "confident gentleman who dares to desire". Let me add something to that profile: he is