Monday, July 2, 2012

Amouage Interlude (man & woman): new fragrances

Creative Director Christopher Chong presents us the next chapter in the Amouage legend...Interlude Woman and Interlude Man, two aromatic stanzas steeped in the tradition of the Omani firm but with modern elements thrown in too. 

Interlude Woman is a floral chypre fragrance projecting unity and serenity. Tart and bittersweet citrus notes of bergamot & grapefruit in the top notes allied to ginger and tagete create tension while rose, frankincense, jasmine, orange blossom, helichrysum, opoponax  and sandalwood appear in the complex heart. This gives an unconventional combination of nut, coffee, kiwi, honey and agarwood. The base comprises sumptuous vanilla, benzoin, amber, sandalwood, oakmoss, leather, tonka and musk to provide the necessary warmth. The perfumer for Interlude Woman is Karine Vinchon Spehner .

Top notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Ginger, Tagete
Heart: Frankincense, Rose Absolute, Orange Blossom, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Opoponax, Nut, Honey, Kiwi, Coffee
Base: Vanilla, Benzoin, Amber, Sandalwood, Agarwood, Oakmoss, Leather, Tonka Beans, Musk

Interlude Man is a spicy-woody fragrance opening on zesty bergamot, oregano and pimento berry oil, with conflucting intervals of notes of amber, frankincense, opoponax, cistus labdanum and myrrh. Eternal notes of leather, agarwood smoke, patchouli and sandalwood provide the anchoring base. The perfumer for Interlude Man is Pierre Negrin. 

Top notes: Bergamot, Oregano, Pimento Berry oil
Heart: Amber, Frankincense, cistus, opoponax
Base: Leather, agarwood smoke, patchouli, sandalwood. 


  1. Amouage just released Honour what not even a year ago and this seems to be really pushing it for Amouage. Truth be told, the fruit (kiwi), coffee and nut aspect is making me a little wary because it sounds more like a celeb scent than an Amouage. But as soon as it is released I will get my hands on a sample, I'll give it a go, just because the blue bottle is really talking to me for some reason.

  2. Miss Heliotrope01:55

    The list for the women's one seems so long - an awful lot of things to have to work & almost enough for two scents really.

    The male one being so much more simple - not saying it's good or bad, just easier to consider in one's mind.

  3. Ed,

    they do seem to bring out a lot, comparing with other houses. Oh well. Just as long as they're sublime as previously *crossing fingers*

  4. C,

    good point. I think they're offering a fuller range of "notes" than most, so as to highlight the byzantine plot of their perfumes but it ends up being a bit confusing to the consumer. Then again you wouldn't expect them to do an orange blossom plus citral and linalool on lots of Iso-E Super either, would you?


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