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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Like the corner of..: Memoire Man by Amouage

By Tom

Amouage is a house that I just can't seem to get my head around. The ones that we get here are very good, mind you. But I sort of feel as if they are treading ground that has been tramped by others and that at least some of that $225 for 50ML is going into the admittedly luxurious packaging. Personally I'm the sort that likes to feel the money goes into the juice and therefore on my skin; you won't find me buying a bottle of champagne in some special be-dazzled crystal bottle. In the interest of keeping the stuff fresh I keep my fumes in a dark closet so satin-finished gold caps and hand-blown artisanal bottles are wasted on me.

Memoire Man is rather wasted on me as well. No fault of its own; the basil and mint opening is smooth and green, the middle lavender is touched by anise and the creamy woody base has real and discernible oakmoss. What's not to love?

$225 for 50ML is not to love. Especially when there a little scent that's been around for over 100 years that's doing the super-suave French thing far better and is can be had for a quarter of the price (at least until it's reformulated, which might have already happened Grrr)

I'm told that Amouage has some truly knock-your-socks-off scents that haven't made it here yet. I hope one day they do.

Memoire Man is $225 for 50ML and $260 for 100ML at LuckyScent; $285 for 100ML at Aedes de Venustas. My sample was from LuckyScent.

Mouchoir de Monsieur is available at various sources on the internets for less than $100. My decant was purchased at The Perfumed Court.

I want to take a moment and thank all of the readers of this blog for all the kind support they've shown me over the years I've been contributing. I've enjoyed every second of it and look forward to continuing into the new year. Also a hearty thanks to Marina, who lets me whinge on and on here with nary an edit. Happy Holidays to you all!

Image - from Guerlain's Holiday Greeting Card.

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Anonymous sybil said...

Your whinging (did I get that spelling?) is delightful, and I'm happy to hear you are not deserting this blog!

6:32 AM EST  
Blogger marsha said...

Hey Tom: I've been reading your whinging now about five years now, but just starting to comment because most of these perfumes are over my head. I was glad to see you start to post on the Posse! I hope to read your whinging for many more years.

Love ya - Marsha

6:53 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you for being your wonderful witty, kind self, Tom! I remember your comments way back when and thinking, I wish he'd write for the blog. Wishes come true :)

8:22 AM EST  
Anonymous Victoria said...

Tom, your contributions to PST have been very enjoyable to read! Here is to more in 2011!

9:26 AM EST  
Anonymous mocards said...

Tom, your posts are always enjoyable whether you're writing for Perfume-Smellin' Things, Perfume Posse, or your own blog, Pansy's Rants. I've enjoyed many mornings reading your words. Hope to spend many more mornings with you in 2011. Happy Holidays!!

10:45 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Thanks, have a great holiday!

11:37 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Thank you very much!

11:38 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I hope all your wishes come true, and mine! (Particularly the lotto winnings one...)

11:39 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Thanks, it's very kind of you to say so!

11:39 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


You read my own blog?!? Now I'm blushing! Thank you for an early Christmas present!

11:41 AM EST  
Anonymous foti said...

Cheers!!Thank you very much. Happy New Year!

8:18 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own both scents, while they are VAGUELY similar, Guerlain's does not contain that beautiful verdant top and mid notes, and the breath taking frankinsence drydown. Sorry, I think Memoir is much better, modern and wearable.

9:47 AM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

I always look forward to reading your witty and insightful comments, Tom, and hope that 2011 brings many more of the same!
Merry Christmas!

P.S. I give Memoir Man high marks for creating a minty opening that doesn't remind me of toothpaste. But I wish the price tag were closer to Crest's :-)

2:12 PM EST  
Anonymous eleven european mystics said...

I love your writing. Don't you dare leave this blog! Is that clear? :-)
As for the Amouage you do have a point, and as one who keeps her own bottles in a dark walking closet i prefer to invest in the fragrance, albeit happy when design is taken into account. I had the opportunity to sample Memoir, and was convinced that it does smell 'expensive' enough, so that if someone needs to make a power impression it could be a practical choice. The spices inspired a quick, fleeting sense of enthusiasm

11:11 PM EST  

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