Amouage Interlude Woman and Man Review

Amouage Interlude

This review of Amouage Interlude is going to be all over the place because that’s just the way my mind works – and there’s so much to say and refer to.  So buckle up, it’s gonna be a wild ride!!  But there’s some fun at the end, so hang in there.  To up it to Eleven, Patty is adding her impressions as well.  Dual Perfumistas!!!!

First, I want to excerpt a little bit from some of the PR that surrounds the two new releases from Amouage Interlude Man and Interlude Woman.  Why?  Because it’s actually interesting information, rather than the regular PR palaver we often get when a new scent it released.   – so here goes:

In an interview for  Omani newspaper The Week (via The Real Amouage Page on Facebook), Amouage Creative Director Christopher Chong said “Since I joined Amouage I decided that each of my creations had to be an act of a grand opera so each one told a story that was non-linear.  I have done five so far so in the structure of a grand opera, this is the interlude when the actors need a break.  ..

..He added that after five stories or perfumes, he was feeling rather tired and needed an interlude.  Part of the reason for Christopher’s mood was from stress due to the social and natural chaos happening around him that he feels is unavoidable.  He wanted to show people that you can be inspired by anything and everything , that inspiration doesn’t have to be pretty.

This is an interesting description because Amouage Interlude Woman is certainly not ‘pretty’ (keep reading….)..   It’s described as a Floral Chypre but take a look at these notes (from Amouage):

Top Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Ginger, Tagete.

Heart Notes: Frankincense, Rose Absolute, Orange Blossom, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Opoponax.

Base Notes: Vanilla, Benzoin, Amber, Sandalwood, Agarwood, Oakmoss, Leather, Tonka Bean, Musk, Animalic.

Contrary notes.   My first spritz of Amouage Interlude was mindblowing, to say the least.  I was unprepared for a blast of…coffee?  In fact, I thought I’d mis-smelled it!  Coffee.  Then the Sandalwood  and Bergamot come rolling in and it’s all a big, cymbal-crashing cacophony  and you wonder what in the world is going on … and the fruit comes skidding in on top of the coffee and the  marigolds (tagetes) provide that healthy/sour-psychedelic vibe and the whole thing is vaguely surreal and chaotic and then…

….and with a deft conducting of the olfactory tempo…… it just. slows. down.  And Amouage Interlude becomes this quietly insistent drumbeat of a scent, with the Frankincense and Sandalwood  coming together, like the walking line of a double bass,.  The coffee recedes but only enough that you keep sniffing to want to see if it’s really there – or if you just imagined it (it’s not in the official notes but I would swear to its being in there)!   What you first thought was a standard walking bass line becomes this intricate rhythm that trills up and down the scale without ever shrieking its presence.  Over time the jasmine and oakmoss (I always love the woody-moldy-sagey green of oakmoss) flex and stretch and form a web to support the softer notes.    But even when it slows down and softens up, it stays off-kilter.  It’s an unpredictable scent that no one will ever mistake for ‘wallpaper’.  I’ve worn Amouage Interlude 4 times in anticipation of this review and it has yet to evolve in the same fashion twice.   Amouage Interlude Woman is not a ‘safe’  or ‘pretty’ perfume – and it certainly doesn’t adhere to the romantic, rose garden-in-the-seraglio so many of us equate with Amouage.  This is very much a scent for our global times, with beauty found in slightly jarring, odd juxtapositions but always underpinned by the extraordinary quality that defines Amouage.  And once it settles down it smooths into a complex, BEAUTIFUL scent.    Spray it on your arm and wait 30 minutes.  Then run your nose up and down your arm.  You will be pulled through a gorgeous olfactory spectrum.     Remember the uproar when Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao was first unveiled?  Interlude has an effect not unlike that – it shouldn’t be beautiful because it’s so  ‘different’  – but, like Gehry’s epic design, its beauty lies in a structure that creates cohesion out of chaos.  This is a true Perfumista perfume, promising many hours of deconstruction and decoding within a lovely olfactory framework.  But don’t let that scare the Beginner’s Minds – it’s not at all unapproachable.  Just be prepared to THINK about it.  A lot!

According to Fragrantica the nose for Amouage Interlude Woman is Karine Vinchon Spehner who was the nose for Memoir (man) as well as a couple of L’Artisans (including co-perfumer for Batucada).  If Interlude is any indication, we will be hearing (and smelling) many more intriguing things from this perfumer.

Patty – Damn you and your colors, Anita!  But I’ll muddle through it to talk about this.  Freaking looooooo-ooooo-ooove Amouage Interlude.  I mean that, sincerely, from the bottom of my black little soul.  There is this freakish discordancy on the open that almost stopped my heart, I swear, thinking – okay, I got no coffee. I was smelling melon and panicking.  Nope, not melon, grapefruit and my beloved marigolds, dryly luscious.  Then I forgot about it for a while because I had to, it was distracting to smell it close up.  And an hour later I am thinking – man, something smells yummy!  And it was so me. Me and Amouage Interlude.  Nose in close?  Not so much, but don’t care about that. The sillage on this is just gorgeous, it trills and dances in and out of your consciousness as you walk or move, catching one facet, then another.  Christopher Chong and his choices are hitting their stride in ways that are just impressing me beyond belief. Creating scents that fit the brand completely, but move beyond it, making interesting, bold choices, with clearly a vision of where they are going. Every mainstream perfume company in America should take a look at what he is doing and then kick themselves in shame, throw out every last safe flanker they plan to release in the next 18 months and rethink what it is they are doing. /rant off  Last note, not only was I complimenting myself on Amouage Interlude as I walked through the house, everyone I’ve run into while I’m wearing it tells me I smell great.  For a funky little scent that makes me laugh in delight when I smell it up close, it morphs into a beautiful thing when it trails you.

Amouage Interlude Man.  Well!  Let’s start with El O.  I hate him.  He couldn’t care less about perfume, yet he has one of the most discerning noses I’ve come across. He can weave an olfactory definition before I can even register that I’ve sprayed something!   I hate him.  Amouage Interlude Man, 32 seconds after I spritzed him:  “it smells like a really good jasmine and sandalwood incense stick.  With …leather? and something like a cookie???  A warm cookie?  (3 seconds later he amended it to ‘vanilla’)”   (Yes It Does).  I hate him.  You know why else I hate him?  I couldn’t keep my face off his arm the entire day.  We are on Day Three – I sprayed him this morning and followed him all over the park (our annual Summer festival.  People looked at me really oddly, as I kept sidling up to him like a lost dog and sniffing his wrist and neck…people Just Do Not DO That around here).   This is seriously swoony stuff.  If you do not want to make yourself look silly following your mate around like a rutting animal, keep him out of this scent! Or at least don’t spritz him with it at the Corn Boil.    And while you’re at it, wear it at your own peril, ladies.  It really is amazingly good.Amouage Interlude

Top Notes: Bergamot, Oregano, Pimento Berry Oil.

Heart Notes: Amber, Frankincense, Cistus, Opoponax.

Base Notes: Leather, Agarwood Smoke, Myhrr


Perfumer is Pierre Negrin who is responsible for some of those lovely Chantecaille scents. Alas, he also did Sean Jean’s Unforgivable.  Amouage Interlude Man wipes that Slate of Shame clean – but…I’m watching you, Pierre.

Notewise it’s a nodding acquaintance to Opus VI, but Amouage Interlude Man is a softer, smoother  incense, with a luxurious leather underpinning, as if you’d left a buttery-soft Hermes bomber in a room with a very high quality bakhoor.  There’s a sweet roundness that reveals itself midway to the drydown (and this is where all the following-around and sniffing comes in) – I usually don’t like amber (or at least I keep saying I don’t) but it works beautifully here, balancing the Agarwood and Frankincense and keeping it from going into Three Kings territory.    I get no chaos from Interlude Man – it exudes calm confidence, as if the wearer possesses the necessary skills to keep the chaotic world from your fragile doorstep.  In today’s craziness that’s worth the price of admission right there.


I chose to use the ‘official’ notes on website – Fragrantica lists a whole lot more notes (including COFFEE!!!) – but I can’t confirm those (go on for more info).



  • Susan says:

    Chaos perfumes?? How about Pentachord Auburn? Ironically, a perfume with only 5 ingredients seems chaotic to me. 🙂

  • Kismet says:

    Like several others, I found Tuberose Criminelle too much of a muchness and had to send it to a new home. A calming scent for me is Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue–just smooth and warm and round, somehow.

    Got a sampler set of Amouage awhile back, and can’t decided if I like ’em or not (think Memoir Woman is going to be the keeper). Love to try this one!

  • Julie says:

    I don’t really have any perfumes that strike me as chaotic. Probably the most chaotic smelling perfume I’ve experienced was Womanity. Nearly a scrubber for me. Most of the stuff I own is very base-y, resinous, woody. All of those notes are calming to me.

  • mim says:

    To me the Lutens offering with cumin are chaotic, but often enjoyable anyways–Feminite du Bois, El Attarine, Arabie are all kinda chaotic for me even though they’re well composed because they bring to mind being in a crowded hot open-air market with all the swirling scents from those big cones of spices and slightly overripe fruit on top of the hot and kinda rank smell and feel of stangers’ bodies all pressed together in a small space jostling past each other.

    anti-chaos for me is something that reminds me of wide-open quiet space (different from comfort which can be cuddly but more like wearing a fuzzy cashmere sweater), like Tauer L’air du desert marrocain or Mark Buxton mb03 which both remind me of golden warm open space like a desert stretching to the horizon on every side. Ormonde Woman reminds me of a quiet cool forest….or something like L’artisan The Pour Une Ete which reminds me of a calming cup of jasmine tea

    Please count me in for these samples if it’s still open, they sound so amazing and now I reaaally want to smell the men’s version!

  • Lucas says:

    Wondeful! Girls! Good job! an interesting take on Amouage Interlude duet.

    I recently reviewed both scent at my blog too, will be happy if you drop by, read and share your thoughts on my attitude towards both.

  • Poodle says:

    I don’t know what I have that’s chaotic. I guess I should try these and see what chaos smells like. The closest I can think of to chaos that I’ve tried would have to be Creature. That mint note really threw me for a bit when I tried it. I haven’t smelled many minty scents so it at times seemed so wrong to me but it somehow worked and I do like it in the end.

  • london says:

    Chypre Rouge – but I think that’s a chaotic scrubber. The one that’s chaos and shouldn’t work but somehow does for me is Boadicea the Victorious Exotic.

    I also agree with some of the comments that the recent male Amouages seem to me to be inferior to the women’s ones (though clearly not designed for me so what do I know?) so it’s nice to hear that this one stands up as an equal.

  • Gisela says:

    Amouage Memoir Woman was pretty chaotic on me – Vero Kern’s Mito is very calming/reassuring after its spritely opening.

  • Flora says:

    Ooh, I would LOVE to try these, thank you! The Man version almost sounds better, for once.

    Believe it or not MItsouko is chaos on me – it takes her a good half-hour to SETTLE DOWN and put the knives away. Which is weird considering how well almost all other chypres work for me, including the ancestor of them all and Mitsy’s immediate predecessor, Coty Chypre.

    Balmain’s Vent Vert (vintage of course) is a fabulously chaotic fragrance – nothing in that insanely green, disturbing and angular opening prepares you for the incredibly beautiful and delicate floral heart that follows. It’s like finding out that Maleficent is really Sleeping Beauty in disguise.

  • Brooke says:

    Both of these sound amazing! The most chaotic fragrance for me is Tuberose Criminelle. It starts as a hot mess of menthol and decomp and morphs into the most gorgeous floral. It’s compelling. Thanks.

  • Lemon says:

    when I feel chaotic I reach for Etro Sandalo. This one gives off wafts of calm, calm, calm.

    The most chaotic perfume i wear is probably Theo Fennell. I’m never sure what it is from second to second and for that reason i rarely wear it.

  • Undina says:

    Great reviews! Love Amouage, have many favorites from this brand. It will be really interesting to try these new perfumes.

    I couldn’t come up with any perfumes I associate with chaos so let’s go for a calming one: By Kilian’s Bamboo Harmony. I wish it was a little cheaper though: it’s very calming but the price tag for such not-a-statement perfume makes my blood pressure spike a little 😉

  • FearsMice says:

    Shoot. I’m just no good at putting perfumes into words. I’d never have thought of describing a scent as “chaotic” and now am kinda stumped to come up with an example. Hmm. Maybe JM Pomegranate Noir qualifies for me (I know, I know — ). PN has the Mentholatum opening that morphs into something sweet, heavy, and similar to something I can almost name… I’m torn between wanting to scrub it off immediately and waiting/sniffing to see if I like it better in another minute. I don’t want it but am intrigued by it. Oh, enough already! No, just a second…
    A calming scent for me is CdG Kyoto: cool green cedary goodness.

  • Anna says:

    Hmm that was quite difficult question! Hm. Maybe…Fragonard´s Grain de Soleil is the calming one for me right now. And chaos. Oh boy hmmm have to think. PdN´s Odalisque is a weirdo for me. I just don´t know who she is and what´s in her. For me it´s so loud that I can not put my nose near my arm :S For me it´s messy and there is so much and too much everything and I can´t get to know her =( I thought I would love it!

    I really need to get a sample of Interlude, both of them sounds wonderful and a coffee note! Wow! ^_^

  • d3m0lici0n says:

    For me it is Serge Noire. Uff that opening is really challenging but you have to wait for the drydown and it is a whole different thing.

  • Joe says:

    Wow. Quite a review! Both seem like unlikely and interesting scents. Amouage can be hit or miss for me, but when they’re hits, their BIG hits. Looking forward to this, and those blue bottles are beyond beautiful.

    One of my “chaos” scents is Serge Noire — it eventually calms down, but the opening is pure dissonant craziness.

    • Musette says:

      Hey, babydoll! Hot enough fer ya?

      Don’t you just LOVE that dissonant craziness, though? There are more than enough well-behaved perfumes. It’s fun to have to rassle a bit, sometimes.

      xo :Devil:

    • Lisa D says:

      Oh, I forgot about Serge Noire! Yes, that first spritz always makes me cringe ever so slightly, but after about 15 minutes I’m in love with myself for smelling so good.

  • OhLily says:

    The original Shalimar is still it for me. The start isn’t really ‘chaotic’, but it’s certainly exuberant enough for me until that smooth vanilla drydown. Mitzy’s actually more behaved on me – She doesn’t get cranky unless she’s gets really hot and humid, then she whips out her rotting peaches and starts mashing them in my face, fruit flies and all! 😉

    Thanks for the drawing!

  • Sam says:

    More Amouages to love! My fav is still Jubilation 25 because it challenges me as well as enchants. (I also love Gold, even tho it scoffs at me.) Many of the other Amouages are easier to wear, and I thoroughly enjoy them but don’t feel as…excited by them. You’ve made Interlude Woman sound very, very intriguing! Damn you–my bank account says Back Off.

    • Musette says:

      At least you have a bank account. Amouage ate mine whole a lonnng time ago 😉 Interlude is intriguing, that’s for sure!!!

      xo :Devil:

  • Lavanya says:

    Lovely!_ I haven’t enjoyed a review so much in some time..I really need to try these two- especially loving the sound of Interlude Woman..I think the perfume that struck me as chaotic especially the first two times I wore it was Aftelier’s Tango (nowadays it smells more snuggly to me..:))

  • Ann says:

    Wow– what a treat — dual perfumista reviews!! Love it!! I’m not a huge Amouage fan, as most of them wear me, instead of the other way around, but these do sound amazing. As far as chaotic scents, I think Tubereuse Criminelle and L’Artisan’s Nuit de Tubereuse are pretty good at shaking things up for a while, before settling down beautifully. As always, please don’t enter me in the draw. Thanks …

  • Karin says:

    WOW. These sound AMAZING!!!! Thank you for the reviews. Would love to try them both! As to chaotic perfume. Hmmm…I may have to go with Neela Vermeire Mohur. It’s one wild ride, but awesome.

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  • Lynne N says:

    Angelica Noire is a chaotic sharp mess at first,,,the angelica flower gives it sharp twist!! Eventually we get a soft, beautiful vanilla,,,but you have to live thru that sharp opening. Another one mentioned is T Criminelle. It’s mentholated (indolic) opening is off putting,,,but is a stunner waiting to behold!!

  • Lisa D says:

    Chaos for me is Lutens’ Chypre Rouge. Pine needles and beeswax, Red Hots and celery. Madness.

  • Nita says:

    Chaos in the opening of another Amouage: Opus III from the library collection- although I prefer “complexity” to “chaos”….there seems to be so much going on at first, then it settles down into something I find soft, dreamy and calming. The “Interludes” both sound like something I definitely need to try- thank you for this draw.

  • jen says:

    It’s hubby’s ebay won bottle of original Cumming!

  • RVB says:

    To me Breath of God by Lush represents chaos but in a good way.The clash of a strong feminine perfume with a strong male one produces a discordance that never fails to amaze me.I get a different reaction every time I smell it.Brilliant!

  • Lala says:

    Chaos for me would be Gucci Rush. It has that edgy, prostie vibe that shakes up everything it touches. Serenity would be Mohur. It cossets you in soft rose and makes you feel like the Queen of all you survey.

  • TaffyJ says:

    Kudos on a brilliant review! My favorite line: “And it becomes this quietly insistent drumbeat of a scent, with the Frankincense and Sandalwood coming together, like the walking line of a double bass,”

    Chaos for me is….Mitsouko. I’m trying to make friends, but she sure can agitate me.

    I think I need a Perfume Whisperer.

    • Musette says:

      I’m glad you like that line. I love a good double bass (a bad double bass is a terrifying thing, alas)…

      Mitsouko…She is a Difficult Gal. But if you can find her smooth handle she will be your friend forever!!!

      xo :Devil:

  • Irina says:

    I find tuberse to be chaotic for me ( migraine inducing-and I equal a strong migraine to chaos) and my calming, never failing, perfume is eau des merveilles
    Interlude, especially Man, sound amaizing…
    thanks for the generous draw

  • jirish says:

    Feu d’Issey was the perfume equivalent of chaos to me, and yet I loved it in its wild ride. I wore it every day, in my serial monogamy perfume days. But one day in my second bottle’s life, I had just had enough. Had to give it away. I still regret not keeping the bottle, but I think it’s one of those scents that maybe doesn’t work well as an everyday, signature scent.

    • Musette says:

      Sort of like Tribute! I tried to make it an everyday scent. You can imagine how terrifying that was for so many people! I think folks expected me to burst into flame at any moment!

      xo :Devil:

  • dinazad says:

    Carnal Flower scares me – it’s like the violent attack of a 50-foot bouquet of white flowers. I find that VERY unnerving and have to go smell Messe de Minuit right away! ‘Cos MdM makes me happy. I’m weird that way.

    • Musette says:

      You’re funny! Carnal Flower is NOT scary! If you’ve got the huevos for MdM, li’l ol’ CF is a whimpering bunny by comparison!


  • Maureen says:

    I found Amouage Woman to be weird at first, then I loved it. Chanel #19 Poudre or Eau Premier are calming to me. Please enter me … I’d love to try these scents, put it on my boyfriend and follow him like a puppy dog.

  • FragrantWitch says:

    I love reading your rambles because you write a lot like I think. Random bits of generally useless knowledge are assimilated and then regurgitated at odd moments! Anyhoo, These sound great. I will have to sniff the Woman for the journey but Man sounds like it will be seducing my wallet into unzipping.
    Most things tuberose veer right into nervous/seasick/nausea territory so are definitely chaotic to my mind. Calming for me is Shalimar, Chaos (ironically) and woods, incenses.

    • Musette says:

      Remember Erica Jong’s Zipless ___? We need to institute the Zipless Perfume Buy!

      And…Great Minds!

      I, too, find DK Chaos to be very calming – and the name ironic!

      xo :Devil:

      • FragrantWitch says:

        I do – and hear hear to the Zipless Perfume Buy!
        And to great minds of course… :Cheers:

  • Holly F. says:

    I find two varieties of scents very calming in the storm of life, incense and powder. They both suit me differently, but I find that I seek them out when I need refuge from the chaos. No surprise that Shalimar is a favorite of mine.

    • Musette says:

      Shalimar was my mother’s signature perfume, later in her life. And she was always a source of comfort and refuge – so I totally get that!

      xo :Devil:

  • Eldarwen 22 says:

    Every time I hear that Amouage is releasing a new perfume, I wonder the how big the price tag is going to be. With every new Amouage, I do want to try it. Even though there are fruity notes (they always scare me) I am going to give it a shot. And I am swooning over the blue bottle just like I swooned over the green bottle of Epic and the black bottle of Memoir.

    • Musette says:

      It becomes so not about the fruit! Really. Once again they’ve done that thing that only works in a Really Good Perfume – when it settles down you can’t pick out any particular note (at least I can’t) – it just ends up being quietly compelling.

      And the bottle…….isn’t that gaawjus?

      xo :Devil:

  • Janet in California says:

    I will second Tubereuse Criminelle. I keep a decant next to my bed and find it crazy/wonderful.

    Amouage is becoming my new favorite to swoon over.

  • Louise says:

    Chaos you say? Since that is my baseline, I’ll pick a “calming scent”. For me, one of the best is old Moment Supreme-despite the exciting name, the lavender in Moment never fails to smooth out the kinks, and remains true throughout.

    I love the image of you chasing your man around the Summer Festival,

  • Mals86 says:

    Well, dang yer hides again, ladies! Looks like I really need samples of More Expensive Stuff. If I squint really hard, I can look into the past and see the day I said, Wow, Amouages are pricey and I would probably be better off not testing anything I cannot afford to buy.

    Mwa-ha-ha! That’s Fate laughing at me. Because I have a decant of Lyric Woman that I love, and a whole bottle of the fantastically-weird Memoir Woman. And if someone threw a bottle of Jubilation XXV at me I’d wear that too, although not J25 because it makes me queasy.

    So. I’m usually all over the so-called feminine Amouages and dismissive of the guys’, but Interlude Man sounds AWEsome. And it’s never wise to just write off a Woman scent, either. NEED SAMPLES, curse you.

    Oh yes: a fragrance representing chaos moving into calm? Balenciaga Rumba. A big ol’ Carmen Miranda fruity-hat rummy drink wild party that eventually resolves itself into the extremely comforting smell of hot dust.

    • Musette says:

      get thee over to Surrender to Chance (yeah, I’m flogging the site but let’s face it – YOU NEED SAMPLES. And it’s not MY site, so I can do it with impunity!) – whether or not you ‘like’ them is not the issue. As a perfume blogger of discernment, you need to sample this intriguing scent. Of course, you might want to wait until Carmine randomizes – ya nebber know…

      I know what you mean about that ‘distant past’. I remember Mohammed at Nordstrom introducing me to the original Amouages available here (Ciel, Gold DIa) though they didn’t have testers, thank GAWD!…and he gave me the price points.

      And I laughed at him.

      I guess the Royal House of Oman is laughing now. They get ALL my discretionary simoleans.

      xo :Devil:

  • Celina says:

    Great reviews. I have never thought somebody could describe the chaos so well. It sounds Interlude Woman is a real chaos and a must try at the same time. I can’t wait to try it. I am glad to know there are out of the box noses that can create Art and don’t follow the market trends.
    Somehow I think that I am going to love Interlude Man and keep it just for myself.

    Thank you lovely ladies .

    Please don’t include me in the draw as a perfume angel is watching over me. 😉

    • Musette says:

      I think (hope) Christopher Chong is given rein to follow his own vision, pretty much- and for that I am grateful. Obviously he works well with others, else he wouldn’t be able to work with these talented perfumers – but I get the feeling Amouage scents are not focused group-ed to death. Most things by “committee” tend to be blanded-out.

      xo :Devil:

  • bookhouseshell says:

    Oooh, now I can’t wait to sniff Interlude! Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours is a calming scent, works especially well for airplane travel.

    • Musette says:

      Lavender was made for plane travel – unless you’re flying private, in which case you can wear anything you want!

      xo :Devil:

  • DinaC says:

    What a great review, Anita and Patty. I’m intrigued. I’d love to be entered in the randomizer. Thanks. For me, calm scents are Bois des Iles, Tam Dao and Kenzo Amour. Woody scents, in general, seem soothing to me.

  • Mrs.Honey says:

    Strange and messy, but always interesting: Breath of God

    Also, Jubilation 25 is very interesting when it starts out. I get hints a bunch of other perfumes, before it settles into its stride.

    • Musette says:

      I love Jubilation 25. It took me a minute but when I did fall, I fell hard! You know what tipped me over? The body cream. Oh, heavens – it’s heaven!

      xo :Devil:

  • pam says:

    Chaos–hmmm. Well, Insense by Givenchy is chaotic for me. I avoid it and then spray it and what a ride! After that I wonder why I avoided it.
    Calm for me is Tocade. If I’m agitated, especially in the evening, I spray Tocade and it calms me immediately.

  • Zazie says:

    I ride through chaos on tubereuse criminelle.
    Every stage is different but the end result is incredibly soothing for me.
    The proof is that it is the only perfume I wear when I am sick! Order through Chaos, that’s TC for me!!

  • Elizabeth Watson says:

    In my experience, my very vintage Jicky en extrait represents the journey from chaos to calm. When I apply a bit of it to my skin, I think: “What have I done?” Then, the journey begins and I soon feel calm and confident.

    • Musette says:

      I feel that way about Jicky, too – and I rarely like lavender in perfume. Guerlain sure knows how to weave it, though…

      xo :Devil:

    • dinazad says:

      You’re spot on with Jicky! Mouchoir de Monsieur does that too, but it’s much more restrained than Jicky…

  • Missie Sue says:

    These sound amazing. I got a lovely shiver up the spine reading both your thoughts on Interlude Woman, and then a burst of laughter at the description of the “dog in the park” scene. As if I needed to fall in love with another Amouage. As for chaotic perfumes, so far I’ve never really run across a perfume that seemed unbearably weird, but I tend to like extremes. Amouage scents always get me because they have so damn much going on.

    • Musette says:

      Interlude Woman is wonderful – in the true sense of the word: full of wonder.

      xo :Devil:

      ps. Interlude Man is just gorgeous.

  • Ninara Poll says:

    Ah, these two sound lovely. Scary, and lovely. I tremble and swoon at the thought of smelling them 🙂
    As to chaos… No particular perfume comes to mind, but anything with a strong, pronounced orange blossom or strong heliotrope make me think of an incredibly chaotic foot race; those two scents can actually leave me nervous and antsy. Real live Easter lilies also do the same thing; I find myself becoming very restless and on edge in their sillage (oddly, I genrally do not react this way to the note in perfume). If I can think of a particular perfume that makes me think of a positive sort of chaos, I’ll chime back in later in reply to myself.
    As to calm… vintage L’air du temps has always felt calming to me. So does Shalimar. This might be because I have scent memories associated with loving relatives, or maybe it’s just a reflection of how weird I am. Opium is also rather calming to me (the perfume, not the illegal drug, you freaks! 😉 ).


  • Tony says:

    Hi, my fav chaos perfume is Black afgano… Chaotic but lovely… 🙂

  • cheesegan says:

    I think Trouble by Boucheron is a chaotic mess, I mean a large, unruly, chaotic delight.