The Shapeshifter and a draw!

Amouage Memoir Woman Bath and Body Collection Amouage Memoir Woman


The nicest thing about a Beginner’s Mind is that it is open.   Alas, most of us (well, me anyway) have to go through the various stages of Mindfulness before we can get back to the openness that is a Beginner’s Mind.  To wit:  My journey with Amouage.  When I first encountered Amouage, it was with a decided sense of superiority.  I ‘got’ this House.  It was made for me.  Jubilation 25 is one of my Holy Grails (I’m Fabulous.  I can haz more than one Grail).  I understand every nuance of Tribute and am bold and confident enough to wear a lot of it, in the hottest, most humid weather.  I was riding high on the Amouage wave with Ubar (both vintage and current) melded seamlessly with my psyche.  I was the Sultan’s Darling, reveling in every attar that came my way.  ‘Can’t touch this’! Then I ran up against the mosaic wall that is Amouage Memoir Woman.

The problem wasn’t with the scent, however.  It was my hidebound perception of what Amouage is supposed to be, all silks and soukhs and high seraglio walls.  I touched on this when I reviewed Beloved – this is where my Beginner’s Mind stumbled and fell into Sophomore Slump (something tells me I am mixing cultural metaphors here but hey! America is a Melting Pot! ).  Guilty of what I reference in the Beloved post (that whole soukh/seraglio thing), I was expecting Amouage Memoir Woman to be another iteration of ‘Arabian’ and was mystified when it didn’t fit the mold of the more traditional scents…in fact, I couldn’t fathom it at all!   So I blamed Memoir and put her in the corner.

Then I got a sample of the Amouage Memoir Woman Bath and Body Collection.

Can I just….can I get an Amen!  here?   This is a perfect example of a gateway into a challenging scent.  I am going to just say it:  Memoir Woman is an advanced perfume, female rather than feminine, with a darkling hint of masculinity that amps the female-ness all the more (think Barbara Stanwyck or Kate Hepburn).  If you love it on first sniff, it probably blew your mind!  And if you don’t love it, but you are an advanced perfumista, you will be intrigued by its shapeshifting qualities.  But if you’re like me, with  appreciation but limited understanding – or you’re just brand new to the Brand, this one is better appreciated at a slower pace – and the bath and body collection allows you to do that.  I’ve gone on, ad nauseum, about the quality of the entire Amouage bath/body line.  I have yet to experience anything with such a heavy and lasting deposit of scent.  Which is great for Memoir Woman ambivalents, it’s a broader, softer spectrum of scent and gives the mind time to absorb the notion of these  notes: Memoir Woman is a scent of shadows. A mystical Chypre that borrows the Absinth top-notes of Memoir Man and unites them with a dance of Pink Pepper and Cardamom. Dark Woods, Frankincense with White Blossoms, shimmering Jasmine and Rose provide the richly-beating heart notes while Labdanum, Leather, Musk and Oakmoss at the base provide a smoky, sultry conclusion to the fragrance. (I stole that description from Luckyscent – it’s the best one out there)

Why am I going onandonandflippin’ON about this?  Well, two reasons.  1:  Because of my backing into Memoir, via the bath and body, I have gone from ‘meh’ to craving a full bottle of the juice.  And the cream.  And the bath gel.  It’s just that intriguing.  And that lovely.  I’ve worn it on and off for a week and am still finding facets to explore.  If this continues I guess I’ll just have to put all my business profits in an envelope and send them over to Amouage.  sigh.

But so what?  Why would you care?  Well, here’s Reason # 2: … Amouage has graciously offered to send a sample of Amouage Memoir Woman bath/body to a lucky commenter!  I’m so excited about this because I want EVERYBODY to have the chance to fall in love with this beauty!  So here’s the drill: 

1. leave a comment here, telling me the most challenging scent you ever ‘backed’ into – and you’re in. 

2.Go to the The Real Amouage FB page and Perfume Posse FB page, ‘Like’ and leave a comment for extra entries. 


3. You need to be okay with me giving Amouage your info, as the samples will come from them. 


Good luck to everyone! 


This draw is now CLOSED!  Winner will be drawn via and announced soon.  Good luck, everybody!!!




  • Lily says:

    Probably Vetiver Pour Elle b/c the first few times it smelled disconcertingly woody to me (I know, WTH? it’s not, right?). Now, I love it. Will give my info if I win 🙂

  • blessedta says:

    Trying to back in to all new fruity perfumes that are being marketed today.

  • Tomate Farcie says:

    I’m still discovering all of the facets of L’air du Desert Morocain,sometimes I love it, sometimes I don’t.

  • Linn says:

    For me, Mitsuoko. I hate that I don’t love it. All I get is tiger balm. (??!) I want to love this so bad. My husband adores it on me but I can never come to terms with it. Please advise on what action I should take – are there any gateway scents to Mitsouko?

  • Still trying to back into No. 5. She’s just too pert and timid for me. Will try body prods and hope for the best.
    love you guys!

  • smy says:

    I had to “back” into Fracas. It was too strong, too potent – but then after sniffing around, now I love it! Please enter me in the draw!

  • Amer says:

    I remember I was on a hunt for a signature scent when Dior Homme came out. It was the first tha SA showed me and rejected it instantly as “not woody enough”. After testing a hundred titles and the patience of the SA I decided nothing fit the bill. It was only after I got home that I stopped and sniffed my arm again and suddenly it hit me. This was IT! I bought it the next day and had a signature scent for the first time in my life… until the reformulation 🙁

  • Suzy Q says:

    I bumped into Nuit de Tubereuse when it first came out. I got a sample and expected to immediately send it to my evil scent twin. But noooo. Test after test after test led from “Gee, I don’t know” to “I need a full bottle.”

  • EchoCharlie says:

    Malle Le Parfum de Therese…the first time I spritzed it on..I scrubbed it off immediately..the second time..I swore it gave me a migraine and I thought I was totally over it…but something kept me coming back and by the third was love..I even bought a full bottle on a trip to just makes me feel powerful and womanly.

  • Joaquim says:

    Vero profumo’s Onda took me a whole month and three samples to see the outsanding beauty of this masterpiece, but at last i’m in love.
    Thank you for the draw!

  • DinaC says:

    I purchased a small sample of Memoir Woman a long while ago, and used it up, so I must have liked it. Now I’m trying really hard to remember what it smelled like! Gonna try and find that little vial and give it a sniff.

    I haven’t “backed into” any fragrances via bath and body products, but I can definitely see the appeal. There have been several that have taken me multiple wearing before I full appreciated them, including Balenciaga Paris, which I now thoroughly enjoy.

    Thanks for the drawing. 🙂

  • Bluepinegrove says:

    I haven’t been at this long enough to have tangled with the complicated ones, but would love to have a chance with this! I am so intrigued. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • OhLily says:

    Oh, thank you for the chance to try this!

    I’ve tried to get Joy to like me since the 70’s, and have repeatedly tried it in all it’s forms. I’ve always appreciated that it was well done, but have accepted that it will never be me!

  • Ninara Poll says:

    Agh, this sounds lovely! I die! *swoons*
    Funnily enough, my big ‘had to be backed into” scents are Clinique Wrappings and Clinique Aromatics Elixir. I’ve sniffed them on and off since childhood; for years, they both smelled somewhat musty and moldy to me, like a bale of hay that’s been sitting around just a wee bit too long in a humid South Louisiana brick warehouse and is starting to grow interesting forms of mold. But in the past few years, perhaps because of the reformulations, they are much more approachable to me, so much so that I’ve started wearing a more vintage sample of Wrappings I have (it’s gone off a little in the top and middle notes, though), and am probably going to try to hunt down small bottles of each for Christmas.


  • Brooke says:

    I keep hearing about the wonderful Amouage body creams. I know as soon as I dip my toe into the water, it will be a little harder to enjoy my current collection.
    The fragrance that I had the toughest time appreciating and finally backed into was Fracas. My mother was a huge tuberose “over-applier” and could clear out an elevator in seconds. It took years to realize how lovely tuberose can be…in moderation.

  • A Reid says:

    I have been a fan of Chanel No. 5 for several years now and I think I need a change. I consider trying this out since they are giving away samples. Well there is nothing to lose in trying it out.

  • Amy M. says:

    Wow, what a draw! I think it was Tuberose Criminelle that I backed into. I couldn’t even be in the same room with that entity. Now, it’s one of my dearest loves!
    Thanks a lot!

  • I have had to “back into” Amouage Honour. I first found it overwhelming. I mean c’mon, it is both Amouage AND BWF, whew! What was I THINKING when I sprayed it?? But one spray, and it is gorgeous! I actually think that one would be better in body cream form. Shalimar Initial is another I’ve had to back into–first get over the fact it is no “Shalimar”, and second fall in love with the body lotion a Nordstrom SA put on my arm before I purchased.

  • I’m trying to “back into” Amouage Honour (I was overwhelmed the first time, but have come to love it–in small doses).

  • Joe says:

    Ooooh. If I heeded your advice on all these durn Amouage body products, I would be — no lie — dirt po’.

    Sounds good, though I’ve had some troubles dealing with my spray sample of Memoir Woman. After this review though, I’m determined to fish it out and try it again. Coincidentally, I’m wearing my serious Amouage love today: Epic Woman. I want to eat my arms off and then move on to other body parts.

    I can’t say I’ve “backed into” a scent via a body product or candle or anything, but I did finally get over my issues with Jicky last Spring, and now I’m obsessed with getting some of the extrait one of these days. Thanks again to the folks at Amouage and all of you Posse lovelies for the nice draw!

  • Farouche says:

    For me it was Coromandel. Since I didn’t find it classically “pretty” I discounted it as being too masculine for me. Then, urged on by all the love it receives, I tried it again a few months ago and “got” it. Now it is a regular in the rotation 🙂
    Thank you for the draw, and you have my permission to release my info to Amouage.

  • Nina Z says:

    I’m trying to back AWAY from Amouage. But it’s not working because here I am, hoping for a crumb.

    I’m trying to back into Shalimar because someone gave me a bottle of old formula EDC. That’s not working, either. At first it was like, ah! I get it! I finally get it! And then after a bit it was the same old ick, get it off me. Maybe one day.

  • Eva S says:

    A difficult category for me was Big White Flowers, they always felt like they would give me a headache. I gradually built up tolerance with not so frightening specimens like OJ Sampaquita and now I can wear Carnal Flower and Tuberose Criminelle with great pleasure!
    Chypres though come naturally to me, Mitsouko and Bandit was love at first sniff.

  • LindaB says:

    Shalimar. Hated every bit of it up until a year ago when the timing was right/moons aligned/etc and now I can’t get enough!

    I haven’t tried anything yet from this house…please enter me in the draw! Thanks!!

  • Amy Bella says:

    We share the same big loves from Amouage… although I would list Tribute as my Holy Grail. I adore it in the heat and humidity, too!

    I haven’t tried Memoir Woman yet, mostly because it is described as a chypre. This category seems to be my big challenge. I have managed to make friends with Mitsouko… I occasionally wear it and enjoy it even though it is definitely not “me”. Who knows… maybe the Memoir bath products can open the gateway to chypre love! (If any perfume house can do it, it’s Amouage!)

  • sherobin says:

    Jicky for me, too. Despite my longstanding dislike of Shalimar, and a sort of love-hate feeling for Mitsouko (love it on others, hate it on me), I felt I must give Jicky a go. My first thought was yuck – too Guerlain for me. But then I kept thinking about it, then sneaking sniffs, and finally began wearing it. I still don’t know why, but I love this perfume! And lately I’ve been feeling a turnaround on No. 5, too! Wish I hadn’t given away my sample of Ubar, what with all this talk! 😉

  • Julie says:

    I “backed into” 2 fabulous perfumes at The Perfume Shoppe in Vancouver…and came away with Epic Woman/Amouage and Tauer’s L’air du desert Moroccan…What was love at first whiff…became hmmm…and when I got home to Chicago, a bit of buyer’s remorse set in. Epic grew on me and I now love it. Tauer’s kept getting caught in my nose and on my tongue..but I kept trying from time to time and finally…I felt it rather than tasted it. Still not my every day wear but a lovely winter option. I do love Amouage Gold and would LOVE to try the Memoir bath set. Thx.

  • Jeff B says:

    I backed, and am still backing, into YSL’s Kouros. Very much a love/hate relationship, but the days of hating it outnumber the love ones. But I refuse to give up! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • rosarita says:

    I kept trying Donna Karan Gold in the summer because that’s when I bought it, and all the bloggers went on about how wonderful white florals smell in the heat. It was rich & oily and kind of nauseating; I didn’t take Gold’s hefty amber into account. I put it away and tried it later in the winter – totally different fragrance and my HG lily. Thanks for the awesome draw, Ms A!

  • rosarita says:

    I kept trying Donna Karan Gold in the summer (when I bought it cheap on ebay) because all the bloggers kept yapping about the beautiful *bloom* of white florals in the heat. I was less experienced then and didn’t take Gold’s hefty amber into consideration. I decided it was too rich for me and didn’t try it again until winter. Totally different scent and the lily love of my life. Thanks for the draw, you guys!

  • kizzers says:

    Like so many others, I didn’t get Fracas, No5, Mitsuoko, Jicky etc. at first or second or third sniff, but now I adore them. Biggest turnaround though was Amaranthine, from meh to full bottle.

    I’ve had a sniff of some of the Amouage range, but nothing’s floated my boat so far, so I’m open to falling in love with them someday by any means necessary (my purse however is screaming “Hell NO Missy!!”)

  • Alityke says:

    Strangely the one that came to mind is another Amouage, Lyric Woman. In my early perfumista days, not too long ago I ordered the 10 sample set of the Amouage range. I tried them all, only Epic Man appealed to me, probably due to its chypre qualities and my “style” being citric or green chypres. I shrugged, wrote it down to experience and swapped the set out for samples of Lutens to educate my nose further. Then I had a spray of Ubar when in Selfridges. Instant obsession, full 100ml EdP purchased at the next possible opportunity.

    Slowly slowly each wearing of Ubar made me remember Lyric Woman which originally I found too baroque, too big a dark purple tea rose announcing my presence a postcode ahead of me.
    I found I started craving that monster rose so obtained a few drops to try again. By now I’d learnt not to spray complex ornate fumes with the abandon that citric zesty fresheners can be. So smaller application made me crave Lyric Woman for its warm intimacy. I now own a split. There are only so many Amouages one can purchase in a year without becoming bankrupt!
    Reading you account of backing into Memoir Woman makes me keen to revisit her too

  • maggiecat says:

    Reading this, I realize I “backed into” Chanel No. 5 (my current favorite iteration of this scent is the Eau Premiere). At first it was an “old lady” scent to me, but I kept coming back for another sniff. And then I read about this scent’s history. And then…I tried the body creme. And I was hooked. The No. 5 body creme took me through the aftermath of a rather bad hurricane back in Florida. It was a dose of beauty and sanity in a very crazy world, and I’m sure none of the other people chainsawing the downed trees blocking their streets from the outside world smelled half so good. Please enter me into the draw – I knwo first-hand that bath and body products are the way to learn to appreciate complex and sophisticated scents.

  • Furriner says:

    I recently ordered a bottle of Tribute, by the way. I saved up all summer. It’s backordered so I haven’t gotten it quite yet. Thought you’d be interested. The only other Amouage I own at the moment is Epic Man.

  • Furriner says:

    I guess I backed into Musc Ravageur through the oil, which, natch, has been discontinued. I’m still not in love with MR like a lot of folks seem to be, but the oil is more interesting, less milk and cookies, than the edp, although perhaps more linear.

  • Maureen says:

    I had tried Samsara at TJ Maxx one lunchtime, and it was way TOO MUCH for a hot summer day…but…I kept huffin’ my wrist all was better in the AC. Now I kinda like it, but it is definately a fall/winter scent.
    I have never tried any of the Amouage fragrances. Winning one of these would be wonderful. Thanks for the draw.

  • Mals86 says:

    I have yet to try any Big Serious Perfume House bath/body products, except for that little smidge of Carnal Flower body butter that our favorite Queen Enabler sent me once (gorgeous. gorgeous. gorgeous. now I want the hair mist).

    Amouage is more often a hit than a miss for me, but when I first read about the Memoir duo I wrote them off the to-test list. An “animalic chypre”? Nope. Not gonna be a success on me, I’ll skip it. And then a kind friend sent me some M Woman, and my mind went all WHAT THE BLUE FRICKIN BLAZES IS THIS??!? MUST TEST AGAIN. It made no sense to me. It did not smell like what I thought “animalic chypre” should smell like, and it smelled like nothing else in the known universe. Probably took a good dozen wearings for me to geddit, but when I did… ohhhh. It shot straight to the top of my I Must Own a Bottle list. Even over, for example, Lyric Woman, which I loved at first wearing, and Guerlain Vega, and the aforementioned gorgeosity of Carnal Flower.

    We talked about this earlier, when I mentioned that Jub 25 tried to kill me and you said that the body cream backed you into an appreciation of it. Now I’m wondering, if I already love Memoir Woman, how good is the lotion? Must be good.

    After at least four years of trying to get Mitsouko, I think I finally got there last week. It took acquaintance with some 1990s parfum. But I have to be honest: I geddit, finally, I understand why people love this stuff. I still don’t, though. And I’m finally okay with not loving it.

    • Musette says:

      And I think that’s totally okay, Mals! I think one can ‘get’ a fragrance and not love it. Alas for me and my bank account, I now both ‘get’ and LOVE MemoirW.

      And you know, both Jub25 and Epic shot to my Top 10 list via the Bath and Body lines. sigh.

      xo :Devil:

  • tammy says:

    Oh, wow, what a generous offer, thank Posse and Amouage!

    I think Bandit was the hardest for me to back in to. Leather is the note I have the hardest time with anyway (it goes sour on me) and Bandit tends to wear me and laugh uproariously while doing so.

  • Woodgirl says:

    After trying and failing to tolerate Aromatics Elixir, I tried the lotion and enjoyed it. I think the perfume had been damaged by the fluorescent lighting it sat under day in and day out. Thanks for the draw.

    • Mals86 says:

      Huh… wonder if AE lotion might be soft enough to not kill me. The tester tried to. I find AE sort of, um, urinous and sour, which is peculiar because I often do well with other fragrances frequently described as “pee” (like Pamplelune, and L’Arte di Gucci). But now I’m wondering about the lotion, wondering if my Belk’s might have the body products and/or a lotion tester…

  • Eldarwen 22 says:

    Chanel no. 5 was the first perfume that I didn’t like in the beginning. Then I tried it about 3 years ago and now I love it. Amouage Memoir is gorgeous. After I finished my decant last year, I had bought a bottle of it for my birthday. I would love to try the Amouage bath and body stuff and like both.

  • Jorid Sleire says:

    One of the scents I’ve “backed into” is Chanel No. 19. At first I didn’t get it, at all. It was too green, too sharp – not for me. Then, later, I tested the Poudre version, and loved it! But it did not love me back, and lasted on my skin for about an hour. But trough the love for it’s flanker, I tested No. 19 again, and again and eventually fell inn love with its fresh, dry green-ness. Now it’s one of my go-to scents in the warmer months.

    I would love to win a sample of Amouage bath and body products, I’ve liked both their paged and the posse page on facebook!

  • Marte says:

    Guerlain L’Heure Bleue, Serge Lutens Sarrasins, Cartier Fougueuse, Tauer URC, Le Labo Patchouli 24 and Fracas.

    Memoir Woman smells wonderful, but I find it too strong and long-lasting. It ends up suffocating me in the end. The bath/body alternative sounds amazing!

  • pam says:

    My most challenging scent yet was Mitsouko. It didn’t offend me, but it was difficult to “get”. Of course, once you get it, you can’t get enough.

  • reglisse says:

    Oh, please sign me up (blushes and mumbles) I’ve never tried anything from that line.
    I haven’t yet had the experience of backing into a scent, yet, either. So I’d be killing 2 birds here with one Amouage-scented stone. Thank you!

  • Irina says:

    I think the most challenging for my nose was ( and still is…) Jicky
    thanks for the draw

  • Poodle says:

    Chanel No 5 is the first that comes to mind. I haven’t tried any Amouage yet. Some of them sound like I’d need to back into them. Thanks for the draw.

  • Zazie says:

    Oh, thanks for the draw!
    I am very ashamed to say that all my favorite fragrances followed the same discovery pattern:
    initial refusal (from “nice but not me” up to straight repulsion!) based on the “cap test” or the paper strip. Then the epiphany always came upon the first skin test.
    Like the 180° turn when I wore the little sample of n°5 parfum. Or Shalimar, tested on skin out of boredom one extremely hot August day, confirming my “euk” impression at the top notes and keeping my wrist glued to my nose for the rest of the day, at that oriental, musky, leathery marvel that blossomed from my skin out of that “euk”…
    The fragrances I liked upon first sniff (cap, paper strip) have never really become true loves, even if they might have found a place on my dresser and might even get a lot of wear!

    • Mals86 says:

      Interesting point that the ones that are easy to like from the beginnning are not often the true loves!

      On the other hand, love at first sniff has occasionally happened to me: I loved Emeraude straight out of the bottle in the 1980s, and although there was a lapse of about 20 years where I didn’t wear much perfume at all, the vintage stuff is now a fragrance I never want to be without. And PdN Le Temps d’une Fete – I adored it right from the first moment, and the love has only grown deeper. But it’s rare for that to happen.

      • Zazie says:

        Come to think of it, I did had an instant love reaction, and like you, it was for a PdN fragrance: New York. I also immediately loved Emeraude, but it doesn’t count, because I never really had the chance to actually wear it (but I smell it each time I see an Osmothèque near by!). I am *sure* I’d love that one on skin – I just know it!

  • FragrantWitch says:

    A scent of shadows sounds right up my alley! Ive finally backed into No 5, it’s taken many years and iterations but this summer on a very very sultry day No5 Voile de Parfum finally spoke to me. And am I glad! I am still backing into Mitsouko- most days she hates me but I occasionally she condescends to speak kindly to me. How can a house I adore and that created one of my Holy Grails, Shalimar, have a classic frag that hates me? I am determined to wait it out, after all it only took 20 years for me to like the Chanel!

  • Gisela says:

    Iris Silver Mist – at first I couldn’t imagine why someone wanted to smell like this, now I love it.

  • Caroline says:

    I remember the frist time I tried Jicky, all it made me think of was dirty stagnant water (go wonder). One year later, I finally “got” it, the beautiful vanilla-lavender with a dirty twist: facetious!! And there, I was liking it!!

  • Tatiana says:

    I’m still backing into FM Le Parfum de Therese. On the other hand, Memoir Woman worked from the get go. From all the reviews I had read, I kept expecting something difficult or really strange.

  • Rene Groyer (@ReneGroyer) says:

    For me it was years ago when I bought Feu De Issey.It had like a medicinal type of smell and was very unconventional.Somehow I found it very addictive.Today it is a very rare fragrance to find and I will hold onto my half full bottle for ever.I remember the sales assistant told me it had milky amber in it.Perhaps that the smell that got me hooked.

  • LCT says:

    I’d say Tauer scents in general. Lonestar Memories is so in your face and tenacious I actually felt a little trapped by it. But time (and lighter application) has made the heart grow fonder…

  • TaffyJ says:

    I backed into a different Amouage, Interlude Woman. Actually, she bumped me first, and I didn’t care much for her until she danced with me at a Beatles tribute band gig. A little heat, lots of sweat, rock ‘n roll, and thumpin’ percussion and Interlude Woman was on her way to winning the Mirror Ball Trophy. That girl is crazy!

    • Ann says:

      Mmmm … right there with you on the Interlude Woman. She really is one wild and crazy girl, but once you dance with her — it’s love!

  • dremybluz says:

    Mine was Luten’s Tubereuse Criminalle. My first impressions were of rubber tires dipped in solvent. It took lots of my backside colliding with it before I could turn around and do the marriage dance

  • Most challenging scent I ever backed into was probably Tableau de Parfums Loretta! 🙂

    I liked both the Posse and Amouage on Facebook, too. 🙂

    • Mals86 says:

      Loretta is a durn freakfest, I’m tellin’ ya. That said, I sometimes crave it. This 7.5ml bottle will probably do me for the next ten years, though.

  • cheesegan says:

    I didn’t like Chanel 19 when I first tried it, but now it’s one of my favorites.

  • cheesegan says:

    I didn’t Chanel 19 when I first tried it, but now it’s one of my favorites.

  • Ginavthompson says:

    I have a couple of fragrances that we’re NOT love at first sniff. The biggest about-face for me has been Chanel No. 5. I had smelled every concentration except parfum for my whole life and I did not like it at all. Then came vintage parfum to blow me away. I couldn’t believe it; if there was anything I could count on, it was my dislike for No. 5! I’m a changed woman.

    • Musette says:

      Hoist! on your own Number 5 petard! There is NOTHING quite like vintage 5 parfum. I had a lovely little bottle of it, which I swapped away for a good friend’s mom. I don’t regret the swap – she is a wonderful, generous friend and her mom so desperately wanted some vintage No 5….but I do miss that parfum.

      xo :Devil:

    • Mals86 says:

      Ahh, vintage No. 5 parfum. Nothing in the world like it – it glows, like candlelight on white marble.

  • Dionne says:

    Well, I’m STILL backing into the only Amouage I’ve tried thus far, which is Opus IV. It’s so…… strange. And then just recently the topnotes of Neela Vermeire’s Trayee echoed it, and there I was back again, trying both on and comparing them to each other, and still marvelling at the oddness that is Opus IV. It’s not like me to be this undecided on a fragrance, and I have no idea how this even fits into my rating system.

  • Ann says:

    Howdy, sweet Ms. M! It was so funny to read your post, because the Memoir Woman was really the first Amouage I could love and wear (that didn’t WEAR me). So now to hear that it’s come out in body products, well, woo-hoo! Can’t wait to try them.
    The scent that I backed into was Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady. Now I’m not too much of a rose fan, and when it came out and I tried it, it was way, way too much, and only wearable for me with one tiny little dab. But I tried a bit of the body cream earlier this year and whoa, Nellie, that was something else altogether!

    • Musette says:

      Malle is another one that seduces via the body products. It’s the reverse, imo, of what happens in most mainstream scents, where the perfume is having a hard enough time making a real statement as to what it is’…and the b&b just sort of trail along like poor relations. In quality Houses like Amouage and Malle, the b&b tend to help ‘explain’ the more challenging scents, if that makes any sense at all? That’s how I fell in love with Noir Epices, via the body lotion.

      xoxo :Devil:

  • Janice says:

    I love Memoir Woman and have been contemplating a full bottle once my little decant is gone. The only thing that might derail that is that I am now desperate for a bottle of the most recent scent I’ve backed into–Amouage Interlude Woman. It baffled me the first few times and I never got the same set of notes twice, but I kept going back to it, compulsively. The most prominent notes to me at the moment–and this does not sound like a happy combination, but it is–are the marigold/tagete and the immortelle. It is not my idea of what Amouage is Supposed To Be either, but I love it.

    I recently got my first Amouage lotion–Lyric Woman, which was also my first and so far only Amouage fb–and I totally agree about the long-lastingness of it. I may have to join you in sending them all my spare cash.

    • Musette says:

      Interlude is gorgeous. It’s interesting, imo, that Christopher Chong is currently creating scents that are difficult to pin down – they almost defy description.

      We’ll just have to hire a Brinks truck, Janice. Nothing else for it! :Worry:

      xo :Devil:

  • Janet in California says:

    I adore Memoir Woman! The bath/body sounds lovely.

    Mitsouko. It is still a day to day love/hate relationship.

  • Lala says:

    I backed into several of the Diptyque scents by way of their candles. Does that count? I hope so, because Amouage rocks my little world, or at least the perfumes do, and I’d love to give their bath products a whirl. Merci beaucoup for the draw.