Having loved the Interlude Woman so much I was chomping at the bit to try Amouage Interlude Man. With notes of incense, amber, bergamot and patchouli (among others), which I love, I figured it would be a sure-fire winner and a slam-dunk like its female counterpart, just with a different note set. Visions of dueling wrists, ecstatically sniffing (Man on one wrist, Woman on the other) to experience their various fireworks/gyrations, danced in my head.
Excitedly I dabbed and waited with bated breath. It was only a few seconds before something in the top notes struck me wrong — a cross between plastic and some kind of crazy-funky tobacco (maybe the pimento berries or oregano?) and … Ai-yi-yi!! It kept pinging my nose most unpleasantly — so much so that I had to keep my wrist a safe distance away for a while. (I think something similar made me give Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille a thumbs-down, if I’m remembering correctly.) Or maybe I’m just not a tobacco girl, though I do enjoy Serge Lutens’ Fumerie Turque and Chergui, among others.
Later on in the day, the Amouage Interlude Man was a much different animal: a creamy, rich leather-vanilla-patchouli-sandalwood mash that I really liked. I would have been happy as a clam if I could wear just that all day. But I don’t think I can stomach that top-note thingy to get to the lovely drydown, so it didn’t make the cut. This one’s going over to the DH column, to see if his skin can make it work better, top to bottom. Maybe I will be following him around all day, nuzzling his arm, ha! I am so envious of those of you who loved it, like Patty or Anita
So that got me thinking: If we could just go in to an otherwise wonderful fragrance and surgically remove the offending note(s) and be left with only our favorite parts, well, wouldn’t that be nice? A little nip here, a little tuck there, and VOILA! Customized scent perfection: Amouage Interlude Man just for Ann. But I guess that would be cheating, eh? But still kind of cool, nonetheless.
So tell me, have you ever tried a fragrance, hated the top, heart or base notes, but loved the rest of it? Were you able to endure the bumpy parts to groove on the good stuff, or was it just too much and you had to give the whole thing a pass?