Hi there Posse, The Northern Hemisphere is in the thrall of summer. Sweltering days and sweaty nights. Normally we would reach for the cooling draughts of 4711, Malle’s Geranium Pour Monsieur and Jacomo Silences. Excellent refreshers all. Often I have a different way that I beat the heat. Run with it. Wear explosive, heavy and intricate fragrance. Blast the heat away by becoming a tapestry of intricate beauty and weight. Gold Man is a perfect foil. Sounds counter intuitive yeah? Try it, sometimes running to the heart of the firey furnace is the only way.
OK, many of you will not be familiar with Amouage Gold Man. It’s got the word man on it, which could be a problem for some women. It comes all the way from 1983 and is rarely talked about on the scentbloggosphere anymore because what we are primarily chattering about is the next big thing. Lastly, and I think one of the biggest problems is that this heavy handed, opulent oriental seems to be going out of style. Especially when there are perfumistas who remember how this smelled in the early days. Like everything from pre 2000 Amouage Gold Man has changed a bit, regulations and availability of ingredients has made everyone scarper to keep things as similar as possible.
Here’s the thing though. I think Amouage Gold Man is better and much more wearable now. SHHHH! Don’t tell anyone because they might revoke my perfumista card. I’m telling you all on the down low because I want you to search some out and try it.
Gold Man by Amouage 1983
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Dog rose, Lily-of-the-valley, Frankincense
Heart: Orris root, Jasmine, Myrrh
Base: Amber, Oakmoss, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Civet
Imagine CHANEL No 5. Yeah? You got that olfactory picture in your head? Now add a bunch of extra resinous stuff and a hit of animalics that gives the fragrance a hearty, lightly body haired, healthy, twenty something muscle mans jock after sport aroma. The roses are woody, the iris earthy and the patchouli gives a depth, base and burnish to the amber. Lasting power is excellent still and you will have a fabulous sillage.
The best way to do this is have a cool bath, dry and moisturise lightly. Turn your phone to silent. Put your damp towel down on the floor, under a fan if you have one. Now spritz heavily. Lie down on the towel and relax for 15-30 minutes. Let your mind blow with the fragrance and breath deeply. I promise you’ll get up refreshed and cooled.
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How do you beat the heat?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies