Saturday, October 30, 2010
Amouage Gold Man
From the very beginning, Gold Man introduces itself in a conservative fashion. Other reviewers have stated the powerhouse nature of the scent, yet I don't find it outspoken. The essence is full bodied, but the conglomeration of notes used here never exceed an intelligent volume.
For whatever reason, I feel ambivalent towards this scent. You can smell that it's well made and blended, but I want a fragrance called Gold Man to be provocative at the very least. Gold Man opens with a duo of Rose and Muguet on me. There's a hint of frankincense coupled with the floral component and the accord is very smooth to say the least. I like the way the rose is restrained here and there's just enough of it to peek through and let you know it's there.
After 15 minutes, a subtle musk makes an appearance and it too is politely interwoven into the opening accord. I fully expected an obvious wood theme to emerge since cedar and sandal are implemented, yet these never seem to come to fruition for me. The Rock Rose slowly becomes the theme and this is seemingly at the expense of the woody duo. I would have truly enjoyed a more extroverted tandem of wood to arrive and trump the florals at a certain point in the accord transitions, but it's not to be.
The Myrrh is a nice touch and really compliments the floral array. Ambergris and civet are listed, but they never make me take notice. What I am left with is well done spicy floral scent that's most assuredly better than average, yet creates no spark for me. Gold Man also doesn't exceed more economical rose dominant fragrances I have sampled. Suffice it to say that Gold Man is good.......just not that good.