I've smelled almost all Amouage fragrances but have bought only two: Jubilation XXV and Gold Man. Most of the Amouage perfumes don't suit me; when I wear them, they make me feel "mature," serious, and their heavy-opaque feel and scents are uncomfortable. I don't think of myself as a careFREE guy, effervescing all over town, a giggle-box. I like sober scents, too, at times, but ones that float, like spirits. Amouage perfumes often sit, heavily, on me. (Yes, I've tried the Sunshines...no thanks.)
Amouage's new Myths Man has a promising mix of notes (chrysanthemum, orris, rose, rum, elemi, labdanum, vetiver, "ashes" and leather); its described trajectory, from chrysanthemum to smoke, sounds romantic and brought to mind images of flower and bird paintings, philosophers and poets from Asia.
Myths Man starts with medicinal aromas reminiscent of the odor of chrysanthemum flowers and leaves — love-or-hate scents. Chrysanthemum is bitter-sweet, herbal, with hints of camphor, mustiness, dried eucalyptus leaf scent. My stomach started to hurt in this first phase of Myths Man because the opening smells like a Chinese "elixir" I was given in Morocco years ago after I ate a ham sandwich (a HUGE mistake) on the ferry from Spain to Tangiers. The taste and after-effects of that medicine were worse than the stomach pain caused by spoiled meat! I can still taste the syrupy medicine with a flavor like crushed fresh daisies mixed with honey and bitter, moist tree bark with a splash of "turpentine" thrown in to make it all dissolve. I gagged for hours...I was afraid my eyeballs would pop out of their sockets. I remember telling my traveling companions I was sure the medicine was designed to distract from the original malady.
As Myths Man moves into its heart, things improve: there are subtle rose and orris notes mixing with elemi (the rose is cool and creamy and provides a plush "red carpet" for the lovely entrance of incense ash). Myths Man has one of the best (and most subtle) incense aromas out there; it possesses a perfect autumn smokiness. Too bad the extreme dry down smells like a stolid men's cologne of the 1960s (old-fashioned).
Myths Man's juice (which you'll never see unless you decant) — boy, that sounds sexual! — is a great shade of yellow-green (the color of many chrysanthemum teas) but Myths Man's packaging is strange; if there was ever a perfume that does not conjure bright purple, this is it! Myths Woman, which I enjoy MUCH more, does smell bright and vibrant, and if I had a bottle of Myths Woman, I'd wear it often. Aside: why do women always get the best bottles? I wish the Amouage fragrances came only in the bottle style used for women's perfumes.
Myths Man smells high quality/expensive, conservative and serious: I'd recommend it for undertakers, bankers, diplomats, heart surgeons and psychologists...it will not distract from the seriousness of your mission and presentation. Funny to say, but I'm more of a Myths Woman kinda guy whose missions and presentations strive to be fun and witty, even when the subject is weighty.
Amouage Myths Man is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum ($265-330). For information on where to buy it, see the listing for Amouage under Perfume Houses.
Note: top image of a chyrsanthemum by Piet Mondrian via the Collections Database: Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium.