In the world of weirdly timed fragrance launches (rich, heavy scents coming out in summer, bright citrus perfumes being released mid-winter), Odin New York 06 Amanu arrives at the perfect time for its hot-weather “character” (light and refreshing). As for 06 Amanu’s name and inspiration…I’m puzzled. Odin New York references the “southern Mediterranean” and “Anatolian soils” in its PR for 06 Amanu, but after searching for connections between “Amanu” and Europe/Turkey (and realizing life is too short for such ‘research’) I could only find the name “Amanu” in a South Pacific context — it’s an atoll in French Polynesia. (I know; who cares? But Amanu, to my nose, does smell more ‘South Seas’ than Turkish.)
06 Amanu includes notes of blood orange, green galbanum, lentisque (mastic), cedar leaf, jasmine sambac, magnolia, amberwood, musk and “live” moss. 06 Amanu starts off with biting citrus and sheer galbanum; the opening is lively and short lived. As the scent dries on skin, I smell mastic and a combination of floral aromas that conjures a “tropical” blossom (put your nose to skin and you’ll detect jasmine). There is a vegetal “freshness” pulsing in the head and heart notes of 06 Amanu (live moss? “young” cedar leaf?) As the perfume segues into its final stage of development musk comes to the fore (thankfully, NOT strong, cheap-smelling, ‘laundry’ musk, but a semi-sweet ‘flora-green’ musk).
When sprayed lightly on skin (I’m talking to those of you who think one or two spritzes of fragrance are sufficient), 06 Amanu is an airy perfume…crisp, summery, a tad sweet. If, like me, when you encounter a light fragrance, you begin to pump the perfume nozzle wildly (let’s say 10 to 15 times), you will get a completely different 06 Amanu experience. When applied heavily, 06 Amanu presents, in addition to the aromas mentioned above, wisps of incense-smoke and damp earth.
06 Amanu, even applied lavishly, is not a particularly long-lasting perfume, and it has minimal sillage. 06 Amanu would fit perfectly into the Hermès “Jardin” series of perfumes; if you’d like a lower-wattage cross between Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée and Un Jardin Sur Le Nil, give 06 Amanu a try.
Odin New York 06 Amanu is available in 100 ml Eau de Toilette ($110); for buying information see the listing for Odin under Perfume Houses.
Note: top images of Pistacia lentiscus [altered[ via Wikimedia Commons.