Earlier this year, Amouage launched Epic 56 Woman, Honour 43 Woman and Reflection 45 Man, which along with Interlude 53 Man make up the Exceptional Extraits collection.
Epic 56 Woman ~ "Inspired by the legends of the Silk Road, Epic Woman (2009) is Amouage's iconic spicy, ambery fragrance that blooms under the mystical twilight stretching between China and Arabia. With the highly concentrated Epic 56 Woman, perfumer Cecile Zarokian displays her prowess for striking the difficult yet marvelous balance of extremes at a high dosage: 56%. After almost five months of aging, the piquancy of the spices remains fiery and vibrant as it meets a deeper than ever ambery counterpart. Both extremes come together in a show stopping crescendo, revealing a faceted rose heart. Cold vibrancy meets golden warmth. Torn between shadow and light, Epic 56 Woman is a synthesis of contradictions." Additional notes include cumin, pink pepper, cinnamon, geranium, jasmine tea, musk, oud, frankincense, guaiac wood, orris, sandalwood, patchouli and vanilla.
Honour 43 Woman ~ "Originally created as a Venusian ode to the fate of Madame Butterfly, Honour Woman (2011) is a consecration of poetry, beauty and femininity. A decade later, presented in a concentration of 43%, Honour 43 Woman is perfumer Alexandra Carlin's elevated interpretation of Amouage's heady white floral perfume. Taking it to new heights, the white flowers - Jasmine, Tuberose, Gardenia, Lily of the Valley – have been taken through a slow yet active aging process, keeping each fragile note alive and bafflingly, insolently, youthful. The four floral essences continue to evolve and be magnified: aged and richer, yet more energized. This is the confounding paradox of Honour 43 Woman and it makes the sensorial experience totally different." Additional notes include pepper, rhubarb leaves, coriander, carnation, sandalwood, labdanum, vetiver, frankincense, opoponax and leather.
Reflection 45 Man ~ "The quintessence of masculine refinement, Reflection Man (2007) captures the seductive power of a man's inner strength, expressing confident and enhanced sophistication. Given the gift of time and a generous 45% concentration of perfume oil, Reflection 45 Man reveals an assertive character, delicate complexity and crystalline elegance. Created by perfumer Lucas Sieuzac, this woody floral musk scent, aged for four months, presents an elaborate scent woven with freshness and floralcy. The composition juxtaposes bright aromatic notes, velvety orris and creamy floral notes with sensual and enveloping layers of vetiver, patchouli and sandalwood, combined with spices. Virile and unexpectedly soft at the same time. A luxurious modern classic." Additional notes include benzoin, pink pepper, clary sage, lavender, cardamom, juniper berry, neroli, jasmine, angelica, tonka bean, vanilla, cedar, myrrh, frankincense and opoponax.
Amouage Epic 56 Woman, Honour 43 Woman and Reflection 45 Man are $480 each for 100 ml.
(via prnewswire, additional information via amouage)
I would love to have a bottle of Epic but have to be happy with the bottle of the edp.
Hopefully that is happy enough.
Are those descriptions over-hyped or possibly accurate? I’ll never know! I doubt I’ll ever get to sniff any of these–though I’d love to sample that Honour version!
It’s their own PR so if it’s not overhyped, I hope they didn’t overpay
Le Labo says freshly made is good. And now Amouage says aged is better.
Obviously it depends on the materials, but just to be clear, all Le Labo mixes for you on the spot is the juice + the alcohol…they don’t mix up the juice on the spot, so it’s no “newer”.
If I wind a lottery I would try the 43 Honor, to see if the carnation is actually there.
Obviously a worthy investment.
LOTV, gardenia and tuberose at 43% would probably kill me where I stand, but I’d love to try the other two.
Never too many white florals for me!
I’m with you Calypso. I could live in BWFs. Would love to try 43, but not for that price!
There are a couple that work for me. Queen of the Night comes to mind!
The Amouage website has a sample set of these and I am tempted to snap one up.