Amouage Fate Man

fateAmouage 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.

Image: Luckyscent

  • Persolaise says:

    Thanks for your lists. It’s so wonderful to see Ashoka and Dries Van Noten getting the appreciation they deserve across the net.

    Here’s to a happy 2014 for all of us!

  • tammy says:

    Oh, I am torn on this one. The cumin and saffron and frankincense and rose and even the absinthe all sound fabulous, but lavender and cedar are always a risk for me. I love lavender on its own, but I don’t seem to care for it with other notes, and cedar goes all hamster-cage on me. As always, though, you make me want to try it!

  • Leah says:

    Nice product and seems cool scent. Currently, I’m treating my wrinkles and using Lift Wand. Perhaps I’ll try this cool scented product as a gift to friends. 🙂

  • Ann says:

    Tom, so glad Fate Man worked for you. Alas, my cumin-amplifying skin took what little was in this and blew it up and nearly had me running for the sink. Fate Woman was nice enough, but for those prices, I want waaay more than “nice.” Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  • Lisa D says:

    The saffron alone would seal the deal for me – I love this note in just about everything. I agree with your general sense of the Amouage line – extremely high quality, and yes, they last and last and last.

    Have a lovely New Year’s celebration, Tom, and here’s to a 2014 filled with fabulous friends, food and fragrance.

  • Matsukaze says:

    Everything about that fragrance sounds terrible to me lol. I hate licorice, anything at all, be it food, candy, drinks, whatever, with that anise smell/flavor. Le Male almost killed me lol. BUT, what I’ve discovered while sniffing perfume and researching scents, is that I end up liking things that, in theory, I’d hate. I’ll give this one a try if I ever get the chance– and that is one pretty bottle for a “men’s” perfume!

  • Portia says:

    Hi Tom,
    I love Fate Woman but haven’t even sniffed the Man properly yet. It is time.
    Thanks buddy.
    I hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you.
    Portia xx