This is a tough one.
The opening heralds an extremely powerful flowerbomb on the brink of femininity.
Once it settles down on your skin, Gold Man embodies a rich and fresh bouquet of flowers, acommpanied by a thin cloud of incense.
A few minutes later, animalic base notes come into play and give this fragrance a soapy/powdery vibe.
Gold Man does not give a damn about gender roles. It smells like it has not been constructed for ordninary humans to be worn. It's rather something a Saudi prince would wear for his wedding. Perfumery in its most aristocratic form.
BUT if you decide not to give a sh** about anything today and wear it nonetheless, you will be rewarded.
High quality stuff.
Never exceed one spray.
I can't smell anything other than baby powder.
Perhaps the greatest release from the house of Amouage Gold for men is a rich, dry luxurious chypre with a massive floral opening (lily-of-the-valley is what I mainly get), a magnificent, expansive and at the same time ethereal frankincense note and an immensely beautiful and mysterious drydown of musk, sandalwood, moss and patchouli. The overall tone is lemony, slightly sour and balsamic with a powdery feel and a dry vein. Civet is present but I don’t find it annoying at all and the repulsiveness or supposed femininity of the fragrance is much exaggerated. Certainly it doesn’t conform to the current “masculine” rules of how a man should smell, but I’d say that wearing this makes someone smell great so what is there more for a man to ask. I like Gold for a dozen reasons but mainly because it is a chypre and sophistication and elegance come naturally to this genre (although most men have difficulties in pulling the genre off), it exudes heavy class and higher ideals, it is highly original, distinctive and bold and it has a quixotic and romantic character. Most importantly though I am most impressed with the concept of making a fragrance for men that defies the stereotypical masculine smell and olfactory culture introducing something totally novel and provocative. Too bad most fragrances today fly low in all of the above. God bless amouage for releasing and keep making this perfume.
cant believe amouage made this and called it MAN. I am sure they messed up the batches somewhere along the way.
this is more femmenine than most femmenine frags.
reminds me of my grandma.
this opens with a gopping sick facepowder scent, which ends up as Talcum Powder.
its stays as talcum powder.
cheaper versions of this frag can be found by Johnson and Johnson, under Baby section of the pharmacy.
Being an Arabian style perfume, Gold Man makes cultural references that I fail to get;
but at the same time, knowing it was created by French master perfumer Guy Robert makes me wonder if it's not more pastiche than Persian gulf.
It's not a mixed fragrance in the modern sense, and is not descended from the pre-twentieth century European style which has no definitive gender.
It is a rich piquant rose dusted with sweet powdery iris.
A dissonant structure that creates tension between its rugged base and the effeminate decorative overlay, and which effectively denies a simple gender reading.
Strongly masculine and feminine signifiers are present making it impossible to put this scent exclusively in one camp or the other. It exists in both.
Not an easy wear then. This one is very demanding, and its difficult to know how to approach it.
Rather than being a challenge to be relished in the mould of 3rd Man, or perhaps Insensé, Gold Man could just be too florid to be wearable by western heterosexual men.
Its also maybe too masculine to be easily worn by women.
It's an original and very well made piece of costume perfumery, but whether Gold Man represents welcome liberation from restrictive gender codes, playful irony, or a threat to one's masculinity, must in the end be decided by those who dare to wear it.
29th March, 2015 (last edited: 23rd May, 2015)