Moving on to one of the most beautiful rose/incense/vanilla (take your pick) entries in forever, dahlinks, Amouage Lyric Woman, consisting of bergamot, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, rose, angelica, jasmine, ylang ylang, geranium, orris, oakmoss, musk, wood, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean and frankincense. Amouage Lyric Woman makes me want to weep. Marina gave a great review already, and I don’t have a ton to add to it except my breathless panting about how freaking gorgeous this thing is. It strikes me that people who are NOT a fan of the rose may wind up happy with this. It’s really not about the rose as much as it is everything else surrounding it. Roses wafting happily over a bed of smoking incense and vanilla, infused with a myriad of spices. Just when you think that’s all (!) there is, you get a little geranium nosing around or musk or a note you’re not quite sure of. I swear, I sometimes almost get a horsey smell from it, that wonderful burrow your nose in the neck of a horse smell that is like nothing else. Complex and just shimmering with shadow and light, Amouage Lyric Woman is a stunner and not like anything else I have, which is… well, that’s a fairly large statement.
Amouage Lyric Men has notes of bergamot, lime, rose, angelica, orange blossom, galbanum, ginger, nutmeg, saffron, pine, sandalwood, vanilla, musk and frankincense. The male counterpart to the women’s, I wish I knew what Amouage does to their men’s scents of what note they’re using that goes to alcohol on me. I get a heady blast of angelica and incense, little citrus on the open, and then that note infects the rest with the smell of alcohol (this is just my nose giving me fits, not the scent itself), and I can’t give you much more about this except I know I would very much like it. it’s less intense than the women’s, almost no trace of vanilla to my nose, where the Women’s is pretty head with their vanilla-incense-musk blend.