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Friday, October 03, 2008

Perfume Review: Amouage Lyric Man

"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 a Libra, 6'4" a dark-and-brooding type, appears self-assured and even arrogant, has quite a temper, is intense and complex and vulnerable but will rather die than show his vulnerability ...If it sounds like you, Lyric Man is available at, €165-€205.

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Blogger elle said...

I am loving Lyric Man more and more each time I sample it. Interestingly, it hadn't even occurred to me how it might be perceived by actual men. :-) Since DH doesn't wear scents except for when I'm using him as a skin chemistry guinea pig, I've reached a point where I just automatically mentally translate scents marketed for men as actually unisex and usually lower pitched than many scents marketed for women. I have a fairly substantial number of men's scents in high rotation and can't say I've ever really thought of anything other than the fact that I simply love the way they smell on me. I wonder if DH has ever noticed gender differences in my scents. Will have to ask him.

10:36 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Уязвимый? Ты это о ком? ))

11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I totally agree about many "masculine" scents being lower pitched? Which others do you have in rotation?

11:02 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Ой да ты его не знаешь. С ДР!

11:02 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Мerci beaucoup )

11:04 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Oh, I can hardly wait to try Lyric Man, I will be stalking my local shop until it comes in! They said very soon.....I love everything listed for this, and if it HAPPENS to come with that luscious lovely man in the photo, so much the better! :-D

11:28 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I do think that the photo is the perfect match. I also think that you will love the Lyric Woman.

12:11 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That description doesn't sound like me, goddamit!

4:16 AM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Jubilation for Men, Divine L'Homme de Coeur, Cuiron, Egoiste, Tumulte for Men, Dior Homme, Frank (the original), PdN pour Homme and Baladin and Givenchy Vetiver (one of multiple vetiver scents I'm mainlining) are all in pretty high rotation. They really are comfortingly low pitched - makes me feel safe (well, safer).

4:43 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

So glad to "see" you!

6:08 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Love your list!

6:09 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I know where I can buy Lyric for Man, but can you tell me where I might be able to find the Libra? ;-)

10:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I don't know if there is one available for sale. :-)

10:54 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

It doesn't sound like me. Is it?

why is my word verification "soonosy?"

11:27 PM EDT  
Blogger Orgo Cosmetics said...

Wow, that sounds really intense! I love this blog, btw, I read it all the time! Haha :)

6:24 PM EDT  
Blogger TrippleJN said...

Ooh, that personality sounds shamefully like myself, especially years ago. At least I'm managing to conquer the temper. Might explain why I was immediately irritated with the man in the photo. Too much like my old self.

I haven't tried any Amouage yet. It seems so up there on a pedestal, like a fragrance house you need to earn. (!) Not sure why I feel that way...


9:30 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After much EAGER anticipation, my sample of Lyric Man was waiting in my mailbox when I got home from work today. While I think it's a very beautiful and amazingly well-blended scent, I'm not sure it's sending me into any kind of reverie (unlike Jubilation XXV). I definitely don't get straight up rose soliflore and none of the spices or other accords dominate. I'm not afraid of florals, but this is sweeter than I imagined it would be (I can't imagine Lyric Woman).

I have to be honest, part of me is feeling this as a VERY well-done, high-end semifruity floral (with raw materials whose quality is quite apparent). And yes, again, it's beautiful; just not something I think I'd need to own at that price point. I like my roses much darker and woodier. I think many women might love this (for themselves, that is).

2:59 AM EDT  

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