Amouage Bracken Woman is due to be released in early 2017. Not sure the date? Notes of bracken accord, wild berries, lily, narcissus, camomile, smoky leather, patchouli, vetiver and birch are the listed notes.
I am trying to sort this into some olfactory category or another, and Amouage Bracken Woman is refusing to square up to go into that round hole. The birch is an unusual and discordant riff off of the florals. Just about the time I want to stick it over in the floral with a funky and uniquely great dissonance, I get the leather and I guess bracken? Like shoe leather pulled up out of the bog. But a great shoe leather pulled out of a great bog.
I read Anita’s review of Amouage Bracken Woman after I tried this like three times, hoping she would help me out, but no. She says, “the whole thing coalesces into what I can only describe as the smell that comes from bringing in florists’ carnations from the chiller and setting them in a vase along with garden Dianthus – it smells of carnation but only in that way that carnation smells of Spring.”
I give up. This is uniquely beautiful and not really like anything else I’ve smelled. It reminds me of something or a memory for like a second and then it turns. As Anita noted, it has the half-life of weapons grade plutonium. You are making a commitment. In the same way I found Amouage Interlude and Amouage Beloved perplexingly beautiful, Amouage Bracken Woman goes in that same spot.
My utmost respect to Amouage for creating such complicated perfumes. With a world full of thousands and thousands of perfumes, doing something new is a hard thing, and it carries a risk. Not everyone will love this, and a I suspect a few people will loathe it. I read one review on Fragrantica that said “Yo how did this entry make it past quality assurance.” And another that said “Oh no! I really love this fragrance. I will end up living on bread and water. My first thought was Badedas bubble bath. Uncanny.It transports to a British woodland with all the bracken and brambles on a warm sunny autumn day.”
Yup, they were smelling the same Amouage Bracken Woman. If you like your perfume complicated and difficult to sort, this is for you. Sign me up for these perfumes every day.
Look, it’s Cora in her new pink puffer jacket! And it matches the pink of the inside of her ears. Yes, I am still ridiculously crazy about my new puppy. She slept through the night at 2 months, I have to WAKE her up in the morning because she just wants to sleep later while the big boys are staaaarving. A pip and has no idea she’s not a Mastiff.
All of of you will love this cute little perfume bottle dog dress I found on Etsy.
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