Sunday, September 04, 2016

Myths Man by Amouage

I had seen the rather stylish bottles for various aftershave and perfume offerings from Amouage on Pinterest for some time. When I was asked if I would like to try the new fragrance, Myths Man by Amouage I actually expected a really small tester as this isn't by any stretch of the imagination a budget brand, it's expensive. When a 100ml bottle arrived oozing style I was not only grinning from ear to ear I was intrigued as to how the notes, which seem predominantly floral to me would play out on my skin.
Amouage - Myths Man
Amouage - Myths Man
Amouage - Myths Man
Amouage - Myths Man
Amouage - Myths Man
Here is the sting, a 100ml bottle of Myths Man will set you back £195 (ouch) and is available from Selfridges hereThis is what they say about the fragrance:


'Myths Man by Amouage is a Oriental fragrance for men. Myths Man was launched in 2016. Myths Man is a surreal mirage of oriental elements intoxicated with enigmatic tones of smoke and wood, creating a fusion of dream and ambivalence. 

Myths Man, represented by the celestial Chinese dragon, a symbol of enlightenment and honour, opens with the classical beauty of Chrysanthemum and Orris. The fragrance paves the way to an intoxicating heart defined by an interpretation of a thorny rose accord. The culmination is a base projecting both peace and calamity with Labdanum, Ashes, and Leather.'

Now my nervousness came after seeing the notes, as it seems jam packed with floral notes and I honestly couldn't see how this could blend to provide an oriental vibe on dry down. The published notes to Myths Man are:
  • Top Notes - Chrysanthemum, Iris
  • Heart Notes - Rum, Rose, Vetiver, Elemi
  • Base notes - Labdanum, Ashes, Leather
The first blast from the atomiser is overly floral as you would expect yet has a warmth and almost immediately becomes heavier and spicier. This isn't for you if you like your fragrances light and airy, oh no, it gets heavier and warmer. It took about fifteen minutes of intense sniffing but eventually I could detect the vetiver but overwhelmingly the leather base note becomes the most prominent and remains the most prominent note until it eventually fades away.

If I hadn't read the marketing blurb I would have placed this as more of a fragrance from the Middle East, it reminded me of a visit to a perfume store in Egypt some years ago. It certainly does evoke a strong reaction from me, and it can be quite polarising. My wife doesn't like it, she says it's too heavy yet everyone else who has smelt this on me says that it's actually incredibly lovely.   
If it was a little cheaper I'd probably be screaming that this is one you should always have (over the screams of my wife saying never to buy a bottle) in your aftershave collection. This last for well over fifteen hours so you have a very hardwearing, almost exotic fragrance that knocks the spots off a lot of other high end fragrances. Personally I'm a Creed man even if I have to re-mortgage the house to buy a bottle but this is a very close second and actually last much longer than any of the Creed fragrances in my collection.

If you see this stop and try it, and please do let me know what you think to it - I'm 90 per cent certain that people with a nose for all things manly scented will become addicted to it.

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34 comments:

  1. Your post has intrigued me. I'm going to to have to hunt this down and smell it for myself.

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  2. Admittedly it isn't my cup of tea, I am more of a Bvlagri girl as you know x

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  3. oh this sounds devine I will be sure to pop it on my next wishlist k x

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  4. Sounds like a beautiful scent, I love the look of the bottle too! xo

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  5. It sounds so intriguing! I'll need to find it and smell it and see if my boyfriend would like it!Beautiful bottle too!

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  6. I like the colors on the packaging. I have to show this to my husband.

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  7. Love the packaging too, sounds lovely x

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  8. I love the bottle - will have to check it out

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  9. Love the overall look of the bottle but the price stings a little!!!!

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  10. How great that a full size bottle turned up! Your description of the scent is really very good, I'm definitely interested to check it out for myself next time I'm near a fragrance counter. Love the design of the bottle too :) x

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    1. It was a lovely surprise, I expected either a little vial or a 30ml - nope, the full works. It was big smiles all around that day. Stephen

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  11. The bottle is beautiful, and I'm interested to smell the scent! But the price definitely does sting, haha!

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  12. I adore the bottle, and the scent sounds great too!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

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  13. Sounds like a lovely scent, and the bottle and box is beautiful x

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  14. This sounds so intriguing, my husband doesn't wear much scent so it may knock his socks off though!

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  15. sounds lovely! definitely need to investigate more!

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  16. I've very intrigued at the rum tones! I do love a bit of rum but I wouldn't expect it in a bottle like that

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  17. I'm pretty much sold on the rum! I love the box, too. Definitely one to sniff before you spend, though, by the sounds of it... But then for that price you'd want something that packed a bit of a punch, wouldn't you?

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. Hi Jess, yeah, for that price I'd also expect it to wash me and brush my teeth lol

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  18. OMG how much? Rum tones sounds nice but the price is a bit much.

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    1. It is expensive but cheaper than Creed (that comes in at about £100 for 30ml). It is a long hardwearing fragrance though and personally I love the smell once it has dried down. Give it a sniff and see what you think.

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  19. I think it sounds lovely! The rum definitely sells it to me! That bottle is stunning - I love an attractive fragrance bottle!

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  20. Your descriptions make it divine. The packaging is simply elegant. :)

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  21. I'd be happy to allow my OH to have this on the dressing table, looks fab. Very expensive though!

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  22. Very expensive but incredible looking packaging on this product!

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  23. ive not heard of this but that price tag, wow oh wow

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    1. Hi Nicol, sometimes it's better to pay a little more, and I say sometimes. For example, I loved the smell of Acqua di Parma in Selfridges and paid £53 for a 50ml bottle. It did smell great but it only lasted for about an hour. This is close to £200 for 100ml and when I spray it first thing in the morning I can still pick up hints of it the morning after - it's so robust and lasts for ages.

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  24. The packaging is lovely, but its so so expensive!

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  25. I love the bottle and I hope hubby loves the smell of it! :)
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  26. wow the packaging and the bottle looks gorgeous!

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  27. Once I get a spare £195 I'll check it out *lol*

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  28. Your post intrigues me. I'll have to look into it. I've stopped using perfumes since the birth of our daughter and have stopped buying them for my husband too, but this one looks like it might be made with real botanicals possibly, rather than the cheap chemicals in other 'designer' perfumes these days. I will nip by Selfridges and have a sniff! Thanks for sharing...and lucky you getting a bottle of it!

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  29. What beautiful packaging!!! Great to hear that this one lasts so long. So many perfumes just disappear after only one hour of wear!

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  30. Ooh what a lovely bottle! So crazy expensive though.

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