Portrayal is the penultimate offering in Christopher Chong’s oeuvre (at least I think it is – I know of one other to come but…who knows?). After an amazing 12 year creative run at the vaunted House Amouage, Christopher has left for other ventures and this is a fitting near-farewell. Portrayal appears on the scene at a very… interesting …time in humankind (I am reminded of the Chinese curse ‘may you live in interesting times’) – in the press release it says Portrayal is about ‘breaking free from the cages of solitude society sets around people because their truths are often seen as shockingly unconventional’
That statement is a bit of a Janus mask – we are more connected than ever seen in the history of humanity but at the same time so many people seem to feel so isolated. But I wonder if it’s necessary in order to break through the shadows and come out into the light. Change is afoot and Change can be terrifying – as for unconventional truths, it seems as if we are awash in those, daily; usually very uncomfortable to behold, even though the end result can be a beautiful thing, uncomfortable truths seem to be designed more to be endured than anything. We’re living in extremely interesting times right now – and all I can hope is that it is the precursor to better times. For me, Portrayal is an embodiment of the convulsion of change, as it morphs into better times. It seems to dance – but with an elegant-but- solid footing (I’m reminded of Fred & Ginger dancing to ‘Night and Day’). Portrayal Woman has, at its core, a Craven Tobacco(a traditional British brand) note – and, while I cannot stand the smell of cigarette smoke, I LOVE the smell of tobacco! An undertone of Tuberose (along with Vanilla and Jasmine) gives it a lighthearted, sunny feel, without feeling at all jejune. Portrayal is for a woman who’s seen her fair share of sorrow – but who accepts that sorrow is a part of Life, as she navigates through the shadows into the light.
It’s something we could all stand to remember, as we also navigate through the shadows and lights of Life. And if we can smell amazing, so much the better!
Portrayal Man?? Well, it’s is just Fun as Heck! Imagine Aventus bebopping with Good ‘n Plenty! It makes me smile, every time I spritz it! And I’m happy any time I get to smile!
Want to try them both? Tell me a smiley story! I’ll have The Girl (who’s having hip issues but that pawnail is still going strong) pull a winner – and I’ll even throw in an Aventus sample! Because The Girl said so!