Bracken Woman by Amouage

Hiya Posse Peeps, Amouage Bracken Woman was such a meh when I first tried it. I think it was at a Libertine season launch. So strange that I also had bought a 10ml decant of it from my friend Ruth. So it had sat, forlorn and unloved in one of my decant boxes just quietly evaporating. When I refound it there was about 1/4 gone. Maybe I’d spritzed it once or twice but I don’t remember. So over the last few weeks I have been LOVING it like crazy. Seriously, swoon worthy. Delightful weirdness that’s wearable. Then I discovered it was DCd in Australia and getting harder to find around the worlds discount sites. PANIC BUY ensued. It is still available on the Amouage website.

Bracken Woman by Amouage 2016

Bracken Woman by Amouage

Amouage gives these featured accords:
Top: Bracken Accord, Wild Berries
Heart: Lily, Narcissus, Camomile, Smoky Leather Accord
Base: Patchouli, Vetivier, Birch.

That opening smoky greenery is bloody sensational. Mind boggling. It catches my attention and keeps it and it lasts so much longer than most opens.

As we hit the heart that smoky leather is so cleverly surrounded by flowers and soothing chamomile. The bracken does not let go though. It keeps pumping its glorious bitter darkness but less intense and has this excellent fade in and out. That green wafts through Bracken Woman like dark smoke in a fairy tale.

Strangely, the patchouli has been there all along but biding its time to make itself known. As we reach towards dry down the patchouli (I think it’s the patchouli anyway, maybe it’s interacting with other notes) is earthy but clean and smooth, like new sheets on the bed. I’m surprised there aren’t some balsams and resins mentioned in the note list, the dry down definitely has the feel of them. Maybe even a hint of vanilla through that patchouli leather smoke? The dry down stays interesting till the very last gasp.

Bracken Woman by Amouage

So, I rave because Bracken Woman is bloody good stuff. Totally unisex, longevity is super excellent, projection very nice for quite a long time. Happily weird assed perfume. You might want to try it before it’s gone forever.

Sound good?
Portia x


  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I don’t want to stray from my big 4 from Amouge. Those big 4 are Lyric, Epic, Memoir and Jubilation 25. I am a little more reluctant to try discontinued perfumes. What if I fall in love and end up scouring the internet for a bottle and ending up paying more than I should?

  • Musette says:

    this was one of Christopher Chong’s ‘stealth scents’ (imo) – he named it after his beloved dog, Bracken, whom he’d just lost to the Great Beyond. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve spritzed it – I tend not to stray beyond Jub25, the attars and my beloved Beloved.
    But now I’ve gotta unearth it and spritz it again! Perfect weather for it here!

  • March says:

    Huh. I don’t think I ever tried this, and now I want to? There’s a shop downtown that has a surprising # of Amouage, I think I will wander over there and see if they have this one. I’m not feeling the siren call of “must BUY” but it sounds so interesting! “My” Amouage is still Jubilation XXV which I bought so fast I scared my credit card.

  • Maya says:

    This one does sound interesting, but I’m thinking it might be one of those Amouages that were in the just missed category for me. Only a few of the later perfumes did that dangerous siren call to me, the most notable being Lyric Woman.

  • Dina C. says:

    Sounds very interesting and unusual. One of those that’s fun to sniff but maybe challenging to wear. (Probably way too spendy for this gal!) But I’m very glad to read about it.

  • cinnamon says:

    This sounds amazing. However, my skin has yet to meet an Amouage it really likes. Nothing really sings on my chemistry. I enjoy reading about the pleasure of others though.

    • Portia says:

      Funny Cinnamon,
      We were in Fortnum & Mason today and I went to the Xerjoff area and realised that though many are nice I’ve not yet been wowed enough to purchase any.
      Some houses just don’t fit.
      Portia xx

  • Tom says:

    Sounds great. I’m going to stick my fingers in my ears nd say “La, La, La, can’t hear you!!” Very loud now.

  • Tara C says:

    I had a bottle but sold it because it was a bit sour on me, maybe the combo of the greens and the fruit. It sure is interesting and unique though! I kept a 5ml decant of it just to sniff occasionally.