Amouage is on of those brands that just scream “quality.” The packaging is gorgeous, the bottles hefty, the juice always rich-smelling. Fate Man is no exception. I don’t get a lot of the absinthe in the opening. but frankly I think that’s a good think. I find that note can become overpowering fairly quickly. They are mercifully light with the cumin as well- a cumin-phobe I am not but sometimes it can be off-putting to people. I can remember the visceral reaction a friend had in Hermes when she got a whiff of Eau d’Hermes for the first time: “EEEW! Stinky Old Man!” Frankincense, cedar and immortelle seem the be the big players in this one, making it a perfect cold-weather choice. Although it’s listed as Man, I see absolutely no reason that it could;t be worn by you ladies very happily.
Notes (from Luckyscent) Mandarin, saffron, absinth, ginger, cumin, everlasting flower, rose, frankincense, lavandin, cistus, copahu, labdanum, cedarwood, liquorice, tonka bean, sandalwood, musk
Lasting power is phenomenal, easily all day. Oddly, Fate Woman did absolutely nothing at all for me. Which is for the best, considering that it’s even pricier than this one.
At the usual suspects, $280 for 50ML, $340 for 100, which is way out of my league.