Amouage Beloved Man

Posse:  I present to you one of the loveliest, most lyrical, most romantic scents I’ve ever smelled.  Yet with all that romance and loveliness it is so much a man’s scent that, for a woman, smelling it is a breathtakingly sensual experience.

Amouage Beloved Man.   

Christopher Chong created this stunningly beautiful perfume with a loving nod  to the 1980 movie ‘Somewhere in Time’ with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.  Mr. Chong said “it’s cheesy – but I don’t care”.  And neither do we.  In fact, everybody I know who’s seen this film loves it  – even guys.  Like El O.  Who would beat everybody to flinders rather than admit it – but I watched it with him and saw him fight back a sniffle or two.  It is a quiet film, focused on two great things: the great love between Richard Collier and Elise McKenna..and Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel, one of the most romantic places on earth. 

 

 

Richard Collier (played by the young Christopher Reeve in this film), is an excellent muse for this scent.  I always thought of Christopher Reeve (the actor)  as ‘other’ – not quite of this space/time continuum  With his perfect looks and self-deprecating smile he was the perfect Superman – and, like Superman who was not from this time or this planet, Richard Collier seemed at his best in 1900.  Yet when I first smelled Beloved Man  I conjured a more modern, but no less romantic, hero.  Originally I told Christopher Chong I thought of Fred Astaire – and I did – but upon further reflection I realized that who really comes to mind is Gene Kelly.  In Brigadoon.  That incredible,elegant, modern man, filled with a longing that could only be assuaged by a woman from another time.

But let’s get to the scent of Amouage Beloved Man.  Well.  Wow.  It’s hard to describe.   The release states the notes as aromatically sharp top notes of Orange, Grapefruit and Elemi embracing an efflorescent melange of Geranium, Jasmine, Orris and Saffron at the heart.  Warm Cedar wood, Guaiac Wood, Leather, Patchouli, Vetiver and Musk are richly woven in the intricate and alluring base.    

 

Normally I don’t just reprint PR copy  but in this case, I can’t really do it any better.  It …well, it mostly smells Just Like That.   And I love it on me.  But it’s Amouage Beloved MAN.  So let me tell you persackly how it smells on a Man.   At least one man – so far.  This is not a town for spritzing random men.  I spritzed it on El O’s neck and wrists.  That first burst is pure citrus and that minty coolness of geranium.  I happen to love that combination and use it a lot in essential oil blends, so I was delighted.  But if it’s not your favorite, don’t despair.  The citrus doesn’t last as a ‘blast’ – in short order the grapefruit recedes and the orange provides a soft, fresh platform for the Geranium and Orris.  By ‘fresh’ I don’t mean the ‘minty-fresh’ or ‘laundry-fresh’ or any other of the scary ‘fresh’ we have come to fear – more… remember this scene in Brigadoon? amouage beloved man

 

That scene, but on a sunny terrace at Hotel Splendido in Portofino.  All bitter orange and jasmine and sunshine – tinged with a touch of sex and a bit of melancholy.   That is the beginning of the drydown of this exceptional scent.  By that time I had that 275-lb man backed up against the wall and was actually scaring him, just a bit, with the neck-snufflage.  Yes, it really is that intoxicating.  By the drydown  he was pinned in the chair, my face was jammed in his neck and I was growling.

It has great longevity (good but not obnoxious sillage).  At Hour 5 the leather and cedar intertwine with the musk and take most of center stage but the geranium is still present, lending support to these warmer notes.  This is where the Gene Kelly image really comes into play.  He was always so chic, yet also so…..physical.  He was pretty, yes.  And I couldn’t ever really see him in anything really rough and tumble.  And a foolish person might look at that pretty face and cashmere sweater and think “oh!  I think I’ll roll him for his wallet”.  And that foolish person would be stunned to find themselves with their teeth kicked out and 5 ribs broken.  And there’s nary a smudge on that cashmere sweater – and just a little scuff on the bespoke oxfords.

And really, that’s the allure of Beloved Man.  It’s alllll man.  But a ‘real’ man.   A man who isn’t hiding behind some perceived ‘manly’ persona.  No strutting, no posing, no steroids or scary looks.  No bling.  He’s man enough to be comfy in nice clothes, or ratty work clothes and always in his own skin.  He is man enough to be comfortable with romance.  Or changing  a diaper.  Or helping an old man maintain his dignity.   He’s always man enough to do the right thing, quietly, without fanfare.  And, if the love of his heart is ……not readily available….he is man enough to cross the very sands of time to make it so.  And if he is wearing Beloved Man, he will smell exquisite.   Women, take heart.  You can wear it, too.  I wore it two days straight, with great delight.  It’s the warm yang to Beloved Woman’s yin and both smell beautiful on both sexes (if you recall I tried Beloved Woman on El O and on my friend Howard, both smelled gorgeous!).  Btw – it’s not fleeting.  I spritzed El O at 3p.  At 6a (yes, A. M.) it was still evident on his wrists and neck.  Funny, though.. he didn’t find that snuffling  nearly as sensual at 6am.  El O is mos’ definitely NOT a morning person!

Unless you can push time forward, though, you will have awhile to wait to try this.  It is due to debut in late February, at 100mls for $425.  When it does, though, I will have a sample to giveaway.  YAY!  So!  If you are willing to wait, please drop me a comment here, letting me know your favorite romantic movie/movie star or what says ‘manly’ to you (boys AND girls)….  I’ll have El O hit random.org on Friday 18January and I’ll announce the winner next week.  Then you’ll just have to be patient.  Or figure out a way to move time.  It worked for Gene Kelly and Christopher Reeve.  So you never know.  In any case, this is a perfume worth waiting for!

 

disclosure:  my sample came from Amouage.

 

 

 

 

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87 Comments

  1. I would say my fav romantic movie would be An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant. Sigh…. I can’t wait to try this one out on my hubby!

  2. What says “manly?” Passion, caring, strength, principles, maybe a dab of leather. And maybe some cedar wood, vetiver, patchouli, and musk.

  3. Oh, me, oh, my! Wowza, Musette — what a review! Not sure DH or I could handle that kind of fragrant intensity, but might be worth a try 😉 (No draw for me, of course.) There are so many wonderful romantic movies out there, but my favorite would have to be the Merchant-Ivory classic, “A Room With a View.” When Julian Sands’ character pulls Helena Bonham-Carter’s Lucy to him in a field of flowers and kisses her — be still my heart!

    • Ahh, how had I forgotten about Room with a View? And that scene, and Julian Sands… 🙂 !! I’m going to have to find my dvd asap–this calls for a re-watching (so thanks very much for the reminder)!

      • Hey, Heather — glad to see another RWAV fan. I’m digging my DVD out too. Enjoy!

  4. Wow. Somewhere in Time. I haven’t thought of that movie in years, but when I do, I feel pain..The ending is so seared into my psyche that I could never watch it again. Anyhow… Most romantic movie for me? Bull Durham! I can see Amouage on young Kevin Costner in a hot second! Yum!!

  5. Wow. I would luuurve to smell this on my hubby (or myself for that matter) after this review! My favourite romantic movie of late has been “Between Friends” – nothing as highbrow as a Merchant-Ivory film, and the furthest thing from a classic. It makes me laugh, and reminds me of the (in) auspicious beginnings of my relationship with my current husband, with whom I am still madly in love after almost 15 years, 2 children and ridiculous number of moves and drama…

  6. That sounds exquisite!
    My favorite romantic movie is L.A. Story. There is a scene where Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant are walking through a garden and become children, set to music by, I think, Enya, that makes me absolutely bawl every time I see it. It’s a really sweet, magical movie.

  7. Ohhhhh … What Dreams May Come is my favorite romantic movie, and the speech Chris gives at the eulogy of his son … that was manly … emotional, thoughtful, filled with wisdom, and heartbreak of such depth that one can not wail … one must *Stand* in the face of grief in order to help guide others through their pain. Indeed. Not traits exclusive to men … but traits with the men … friends or lovers … who have most amazed me in my life.

  8. It’s must be “50 first date”. It’s was the first movie that we watched together. And nothing says “manly” more than a man’s confidence.

  9. What a fabulous review!! My favorite romantic movie is “Moonstruck.” It’s hilarious, melodramatic, and wonderfully romantic. I can picture myself at the opera, sitting next to a handsome man wearing Amouage…

  10. What a lovely review – makes me want to try a sample and go find a copy of Brigadoon. I was always more of a Fred Astaire fan, but for pure athletic dancing you can’t beat Gene Kelly. And if you need a smile, check out the classic “Singin’ in the Rain” dance routine.

  11. I have to say “Shakespeare in Love”. I can watch it over and over. Thanks for getting me all hot and bothered with that excellent review.

  12. What a fabulous review! My favorite romantic movie is Sweet Land. A story about a mail order bride and a norwegian bachelor farmer (almost anyway), about overcoming prejudice, hard work and real love. And the best pie eating scene ever.

  13. I just saw the latest version of Pride and Prejudice…so romantic! ( Fans self.)

  14. My favourite quirky romantic film is ‘Bull Durham’ with Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. He manages to look manly dancing around in a silk kimono and the ‘I believe’ speech is a humdinger: “I believe in long, slow, soft, deep, wet kisses that last for three days”.

  15. Favorite romantic movie… does My Big Fat Greek Wedding count? It’s romantic, hilarious and non-pretentious.

    In terms of classic romantic movies, it’s been a while, but I really loved 2046. It’s the “Amouage” version of a romantic film— beautifully crafted, strangely alluring, very densely packed with images and far more complex than most stuff you’ll see in the genre.

    I loooooove Amouage Beloved (for her). It’s one of only a few Amouage I’ve tried (Opus IV and Dia are the 2 others, but I didn’t love them the way that I love Amouage. They were ok, but not my thing).

    What other Amouage are must-trys? Some of my other favorite frags are Chanel CdR, Chanel 19 vintage, Un Coeur en Mai, OJ Ta’if, OJ Tiare and Hermes Jardin sur le Nil. One of the things that I love best about Amouage Beloved is that it morphs so many times… it’s as if it’s 10 perfumes in one.

    • If you have not tried Lyric for women, Memoir for women, or Epic, do. Sometimes perfumes do take a while to really grow on you.

  16. My favorite romantic movie is The Notebook. I don’t like the genre as a whole, but I loved this. It was very touching. Brigadoon is good too.

  17. My choice for most romantic movie is ‘Casablanca.” Everyone should get looked at at least once in their life the way Ingrid Bergman looks at Bogart. Hopefully we will always have Paris….and Amouage.

  18. The eyes of Matthew McConaghuey and Jennifer Lopez in “The Wedding Planner” are so sweet. They represent the fight between two worlds, the stupid reachness and the smart professionality ones, that floods in a simply and real love. Wonderful! And I imagine him wearing “Interlude”.

  19. I’ll go with Intolerable cruelty, by the Cohen brothers, because romance should be fun, and because of Clooney. To me, a real man is good and kind,and never afraid of looking weak – he knows he is not. And he surely is not afraid of diapers! (Being as handsome as Clooney does not hurt, either, but I digress.) And yes Jeff, we will hopefully always have Paris and Amouage!

  20. You know, it’s funny, but the first thing I thought of with “romantic movie” is Bram Stoker’s Dracula! It’s one of my faves! (I’m such a Scorpio!) But imagine that: “I have crossed oceans of time to be with you.” Not too far off from Somewhere In Time, is it? But that scene where Dracula has regained his youth and meets Mina in the streets of London for the first time is so beautiful it reduces me to tears every time! And the way they caress that white wolf together through their gloved hands! Ah! Ok, I’ll stop now. I heart Amouage, but that synthetic Iris thing-y I’ve found cropping up in men’s perfumes (Lyric man – what?!) had better not be in the new one…or I’m going all vampire. 😛

  21. I want it now. My blog wants to review it! Why is everyone always so ahead of me, you’ve got such great channels for communication with perfume houses. I want that too. How do I develop one?

    My favourite love movie is PS I Love You

    • Lucas, there are two ways: either be patient, keep developing your blog and relationships and in no time (3-5 years 😉 ) you’ll have that. Or, as a second option, you can try to “figure out a way tomove time” 😉

  22. I absolutely loved the new Jane Eyre with Michael Fassbender. My heart stopped in the scene where Jane saves him from the fire in his bedroom. Wowza!

    • Elena, that one sounds great — been meaning to see it, so now you’ve given me the push I needed. Thanks!

  23. Wow, I want to go out and buy Beloved! Great review-I have never seen Somewhere in Time but I think I am going to carve out a couple of hours this weekend to see it for myself. My favorite romance movie is Meet Joe Black. Brad Pitt’s innocense is so amazing to me!

  24. I imagine the smell of Mark Wahlberg’s skin on his forearms is heavenly (stop snickering). If it turns out if wasn’t, I’d spritz a bit of FM Bois D’orage (aka French Lover) and *then* he’d smell like a Man. Thanks for the wonderful review! I’m very curious to try this one.

  25. My favorite romantic movie is “The Apartment” with Jack Lemmon and Shirley McLaine – his longing for her as she pines for another man is heartbreaking.

  26. Favorite romantic movie? Huh, I really can’t think of one. They tend to make me cry so we watch anime, horror, sci fi, and comedy ’round here. Woke up the husband to ask his opinion and he suggested Brahm Stoker’s Dracula. The best I could come up with was Howl’s Moving Castle. I am obviously a terrible adult :-/

  27. I am so excited for this release now! Thanks for the wonderful preview of the scent and the story behind it. Do you think a woman could wear it? I actually like a lot of the Amouage man scents more than the woman versions. As for romantic movies, I am really bad and can’t think of anything great right now – Sleepless in Seattle jumps into my mind but, I just love the city and Tom Hanks is always sexy in a nice-guy kind of way.

    • I also thought of Sleepless in Seattle first. Now I’ll choose another one of my favorites – since this one has already got some love.

  28. It sounds fantastic and I really want to try this. I’m ready to wait, as, alas, I can’t travel in time ( even if I could, I’m not sure i’d push the ” fast forward”..)
    my favorite romantic movie is ” les amoureux du Pont Neuf”, because love hurts…

  29. I don’t know if this version is what you would consider a movie but the BBC version of Jane Eyre that came out in 2006. I haven’t seen the newest one yet but the ones I have seen haven’t been that great. Most gloss over Jane’s time in Lowood and what really made Jane, well, Jane. I would like to try Beloved Man.

  30. What smells manly to me I think depends more on the individual man than on a particular set of notes. I guess that means it’s about confidence. But I can say that manly does not smell like 80’s macho powerhouse fumes, these smell to me more like scared boy posturing than fully fledged man hood. Although it is also true that I would not want to smell something like Pink Sugar or Fantasy on a man. MKK is always nice… 😉

  31. One of my favorite movies is ‘out of sight’ with Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. There is a daydream scene with snow falling…not the most sophisticated choice I know.
    Sleepless in Seattle and Moonstruck are great and I can watch them over and overr again. Top choice for holiday romantic movie is Bell, Book and Candle. More snow.
    What is manly? Staying calm under pressure,show kindness and be caring. No whining helps too.

  32. I don’t have a movie mind set, so Sleepless in Seattle is my default answer. As mentioned above, as much for the Seattle setting as the story. Really looking forward to smelling this new Beloved.

  33. Brigadoon has always been a favorite. (my god, just look at Gene Kelly’s butt!) I’ll take a Happily Ever After ending if I can get it! Somewhere in Time makes me cry and of course, The Notebook gets me pretty weepy too.
    I adore Beloved woman….I am greatly anticipating Beloved man ….is it going to be exclusive to BG’s like woman was?

    • probably. I think they’re going to follow the same sales/marketing matrix they created for Beloved Woman. I think. I’m not privy to their marketing plans but it seems the logical route to take.

  34. Most romantic actor? Cary Grant. No one else comes close. And I’d so love to have a sample of Beloved Man. I’m crazy about Amouage, which wins my prize for most romantic perfume line. Sigh.

  35. I love ‘Pride and Predjudice’ – the BBC version with Colin Firth (yum), but I think my favorite and “most” romantic is ‘The English Patient’. Gville Creative (above) mentioned ‘2046’, which I haven’t seen, but will look into. I share her sentiment though – think ‘The English Patient’ is an Amouge kind of romantic – sweeping across time, deserts, living in the present and nestled in memory. I think my favorite scene is when Juliette Binoche’s Hana is pulleyed up near the church ceiling to get close to paintings, but there are so many!

  36. Oh, I loooove this review. Dang, Musette, you write so well! I’m heading to the library later to pick up Somewhere in Time and Brigadoon, it’s been ages since I’ve seen either one. After I fan myself a little. First movie I thought of was also Bull Durham; the chemistry between Susan Sarandon and Costner was perfect.

  37. My favourite romantic movie is Groundhog Day with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.

    I have no problems with patience. If I could move time, I’d rather went back (for a very short while) and bought and stashed away some currently discontinued perfumes. As to the future ones – I’ll wait 😉

  38. First time posting but certainly not first time reading…
    I love Atonement, James McAvoy is adorable. Thanks to all the commenters to turning me on to so many movies!

    • Great choice, Connie! Did you see him with Christina Ricci in the sort-of modern-day fairy-tale film “Penelope”? He was very adorable and charming in that, too.

      • No, I hadn’t seen that! In general I know old films much better.

        • Do give it a watch sometime; it’s really sweet. Oh, and welcome to the Posse!

  39. My most romantic film of all time – Shall We Dance?

    Gere and Lopez. Beautiful!

    • Yes, yes — what a lovely film. Now I want to see the Japanese version of it, too. Thanks!

    • Anything with Richard Gere…especially “Shall We Dance”….Loved that movie…he was romantic with both Lopez & Sarandon. My mother was part of a professional ball room dancing duo in the 40’s & early 50’s, so I love anything having to do with dancing…it is just so romantic, and if the guy smells good, sooo much better!!!! I loved Amouage Tribute for man much better than woman, and I bet I’d just love this too.

      • How cool, Maureen! I bet your mom saw a lot of romance in her time …

  40. This perfume sounds amazing. My favorite romantic movie is Philadelphia Story–gotta love the Cary Grant/James Stewart one-two (and you can’t go wrong with Kate Hepburn either…the clothes, the attitude!!), but I wouldn’t call it a sexy/sensual movie. For that I’d go with Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love or stills of Alan Rickman… 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway, even if it’s way in the future!

    • I love Philadelphia Story, much better than High Society, the musical version they made. And I haven’t seen In the Mood for Love, but it’s definitely on my list!

  41. Let’s see. Manly, gorgeous. And smart. Colin Firth. And Cary Grant, too.

  42. My favorite romantic movie, Room with a View, has already been mentioned, so I’ll go with my second: Say Anything. I’m a huge John Cusack fan 😉

    • Yay — another RWAV fan! And “Say Anything” is pretty great, too!

  43. my favorite romantic movie star is tony leung — he’s terribly alluring in all of wong kar-wai’s movies!

  44. It sounds lovely! Another vote for Moonstruck. So many great lines in that movie. And Cher looked beautiful at The Met.

  45. You are such a wonderful writer. That was lovely and I would love to try a sample.
    The Princess Bride is my favorite movie period. True Love, how much more romantic can you get?

    • Of course! How could I forget PB? My daughter’s nickname is Princess Buttercup!

  46. Yikes! With that buildup I gotta try this STAT!

    Of course I love many, many romantic films/stars, but Sense and Sensibility comes to mind as being exceptionally so. Each of the three leading men is a different kind of romantic figure: the shy nice guy who gets the girl (Hugh Grant), the pretty boy cad/heartbreaker who turns out to have a heart after all at the end (Greg Wise) and the quiet, strong hero who is rewarded for his patience and loyalty (Alan Rickman). Le sigh….

    • Flora, that is such a wonderful movie; great acting all around! If you like Greg Wise, do see him in the 1996’s PBS Masterpiece Theatre “The Buccaneers” — he’s quite dishy in that as well.

  47. Having just started a Jane Austen kick, my current favorite romantic film is the 2008 BBC version of Persuasion with Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot (though it certainly has its flaws vis-a-vis the book)

  48. This isn’t a romantic movie, and he’s not a traditional romantic lead, but Brendan Gleeson in “The Guard” is certainly manly—solid as a bull, full of no-nonsense common sense and deep compassion, a willingness to speak his mind, and intelligent irreverent humor that I find very appealing. There’s a hilarious scene with two visiting hookers; all three of them are delighted with what’s going on. It’s not exactly classy, but it’s not trashy, either—just a real human man. I wonder what cologne HE would wear?

  49. Something old as Wuthering Heights with Merl Oberon, Laurence Olivier and David Niven. Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer in The Age of Innocence, Brokeback mountain.I especially like Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day.

    I love the last part of the review that talks about man who does not “posing”, who is not fake, as the right person to wear Beloved Man.

  50. Old Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, James Stewart, Gary Cooper, William Holden…and today maybe George Clooney and Richard Gere…would be the men who would do this fragrance justice.

  51. These words struck my heart: “He’s always man enough to do the right thing, quietly, without fanfare.” To me this is the essence of a real man.

    ‘Course, on the other hand, I’m a total sucker for Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. Rhett’s often a flashy kinda guy, but he always manages to do the right thing, too.

  52. Great review Musette, It is hard to choose just one romantic movie. Mine is a toss up between Persuasion – the version with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds, or my favorite classic romantic movie, The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara
    I loved the section of your review when you were “growling” at El O – that is just priceless.

    • Oh, wow, Rosie — I’d forgotten about “Persuasion”!! Love it! And it’s especially endearing because the leads are not one of those Hollywood-perfect couples.

  53. LOL, I am just trying Beloved Woman, and here comes Beloved Man. Fave romantic movie, no question, is Dirty Dancing. 🙂

  54. I’m really impatient to try this new Amouage it sounds thrilling.I’m not sure wich would be my favourite romantic film
    but recently I watched “Weekend” and I liked it.The film has unconventional romantic story about finding love where and when you don’t expect.

  55. My favourite romantic movie is Notebook – just shows power of love, plus it has very young but already very talented Ryan Gosling 🙂
    I’d love to sniff Amouage Beloved Man, especially after reading such positive review and having Beloved Woman as my signature scent.

  56. romantic..hmmm… Have not really seen enough of these classics, though I’m compiling a recs list now…
    I do like the OTT sentimental ones like The Notebook, and also Love Actually, Shakespeare in Love, the Romeo and Juliet with teeny Leonardo diCaprio…. but actually really love Ewan McGregor in his more offbeat roles, and young Heath Ledger. Quirkiness and individuality are romantic to me– Ledger in 10 Things I hate about you, McGregor in A Life Less Ordinary, Brassed Off–love this little bit:
    (Gloria: Do you want to come up for a coffee?
    Andy: I don’t drink coffee.
    Gloria: I haven’t got any)

    Also really love the sad romances in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon–the whole exploration of gender there–and House of Flying Daggers. That ending scene. And for a happy one, The Princess Bride. “As you wish” sigh….

    Brokeback Mountain, though, might be my favorite romantic movie of all time. There is all the epic, swelling feeling of romances like the notebook, there is tragedy, and most of all it as all very internal and kind-of repressed, kind-of restrained, and manly in a cowboys-are-actually-more-than-an-archetype kind of way. When I was watching that movie I felt like Ledger’s Ennis was so manly-stoic because he had a thousand strong emotions coursing through him and couldn’t find a way to express any of it except in his eyes. Delicious and sad and universal.

  57. I love the old movie Casablanca!
    “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”

  58. My answer’s going to be the odd one out, but here goes: watching movies where people fall in love is nice, but for me the real romance is the tenderness of an old couple that’s been together a looooong time. I look at my grandparents, married 65 years and still crazy about each other…. yup, I want that someday. And you don’t see that as much in movies, I guess mainly because although it’s great to live, it’s not as interesting to watch. But it shows up in Cocoon, and Iris, and someday I really should watch The Notebook.

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