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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Amouage Lyric Man

By Tom

Sheer laziness this week and the butt end of the flu made me not want to actually venture out of the house much this weekend. Luckily I have samples that I got but for some reason never reviewed, for one reason or another. Lyric Man is one of them, and one sniff reminded me why: While Colombina's description is sooo divine, the last paragraph reads just like me. Well, perhaps the Harlequin Romance version of me.

The fragrance is a very nice one, mind you. A lovely rose that's backed by demure spices and creamy woods. I guess my only problem with it is frankly price. At $245 for 50MLs I am unconvinced. I suppose the idea is that since it's only about another $50 to double the size I should consider the larger one a bargain, but I am afraid that there are other roses out there that do this sort of thing in a more definite and for me more interesting way for less money, like Rose d'Homme or Le Labo Rose 31. For that matter, I think if I was in a mood for roses in this vein, knowing my dark brooding heart (which is I am sure in there somewhere..) I might just go for broke and spritz a tiny bit of dear Uncle Serge's paen to the flower layered with a little Gris Clair. Two for the price of one and you got basically the same effect.

Amouage $245 for 50ML, $290 for 100 ML at LuckyScent. (100ML available at Aedes)
Gris Clair and Sa Majeste La Rose $120 for 50ML at Aedes, LuckyScent and Barneys
Rose 31 $130 for 30ML at Le Labo and LuckyScent
Rose d'Homme $125 for 100ML, at Aedes

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Blogger Alyssa said...

Just skittered off to read the Rose d'Homme review. Holy crap! How did I miss that one?

Thanks for the review, Tom! I love your Lutens layering suggestion, will have to try that, too.

8:04 AM EDT  
Anonymous faizanjax said...

This was somewhat of a disappointment - maybe I expected something akin to the swashbuckling Gold men or the grandeur of Dia. Decent, but doesn't stand out much in the Amouage line.

1:30 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Glad you liked it!

3:30 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I think I expected more as well. I wanted swashbuckling..

3:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

Sadly, none of the Amouage scents have done much for me. They are just straight up incense on me, except Ubar, which smells like a very large cat has marked his territory upon my person.

I'd love my home to smell like the most of them, but the price point is a bit high for room freshener.

Will be the owner of a Rose d' Homme sample soon, though....thanks!

9:45 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Eau de whiskers ain't my idea of a good time either..

9:58 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm gonna have to disagree with everyone so far, Rose31 smells faintly like rose, more like an armpit, not lush at all, like any good rose scent should smell like, Rose d' Homme is a good scent, but I find Lyric to be far superior, and more unique.

Instead of using woods, and masculine notes to drown out the rose, Amouage decided to illuminate, and create a nice tension between the rose and angelica accords, lime on the top, and Olibanum on the base, create what I think to be the best men's rose, and my fave. I've had my bottle since it first came out, and use it all the time, yet the bottle is still pretty full, will buy it again when I run out, NO DOUBT.

9:42 AM EDT  
Anonymous Flora said...

I find it hard to critique any of the Amouages, I just love them ALL. :-)

4:24 PM EDT  

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