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.
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 random.org and announced soon. Good luck, everybody!!!