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Memoir Woman (2010)
by Amouage


Memoir Woman information

Year of Launch2010
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 84 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerDaniel Maurel
PerfumerDorothée Piot
Creative DirectorChristopher Chong

About Memoir Woman

Memoir Woman is a feminine perfume by Amouage. The scent was launched in 2010 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Dorothée Piot and Daniel Maurel

Reviews of Memoir Woman

Memoir Man’s one of my favorites from the line, and probably sits somewhere in my top ten overall (depending on what day you catch me on). As with many Amouage scents, the Male / Female designation is nonsense and either can be worn by either gender without the world coming to an end. Memoir Woman resembles the male analog to a degree, but it cheers things up (not by much) and brings in a touch of sweetness. It’s as mercurial as Memoir Man, but it starts with great jasmine bouquet and some candied notes and places them over the masculine’s green wormwood-incense accord. The result is a dark, dense, semi-sweet floral that maintains all the sulky fun of the male counterpart. It does start to smell like Dior’s Poison after a while, but that’s a good thing in my book. This would lend itself well to modern masculine tastes as it has a good amount of sweetness to it, and it might be a viable alternative for those who find Memoir Man to be too aromatic. I think it’s great; totally over-the-top with great depth and drama.
11th June, 2015

A very heady and seductive scent.MEMOIR WOMAN reflection the self confidence and sexiness of the classic yet modern woman who can handle anything that comes her way.a great incense-leathery smell combined with spice that makes it fatc it captures one scent of masculinity that a truly feminine woman may wear smells the way a woman should makes you feel like a sensual with a hint of being naughty.Smoky,Leathery,Deep, Dark,Sultry, Heavy,Intrepid,Provocative,Complex, Mysterious and Dangerously Sexy.

A wonderfully strong top notes of pink pepper, mandarin orange and wormwood,a expertly heart including pepper,rose,clove and above all incense and a warm base of leather,oak moss,musk and french labdanum creates a harmonized blend and intoxicating scent for heroines lost in the enchanted forest where anything is possible and all taboos evaporate in thin air.the dry down is reserved for cold weather and special conclusion if you want to feel like a femme fatale MEMOIR WOMAN is what you need.


Longevity?Amazing on my skin.

02nd June, 2015
Memoir Woman is a smoky-incense chypre which opens with humid austere flowers, red pepper, aldehydes, benzoin, green notes, powder, a hint of synthetic leathers (and castoreum?) on the base. A nostalgic and dusty scent permeated with a fog of smoky woods, artificial incense and a pleasant resinous-pollen accord all over, with the usual range of nuances from animalic to herbal-mossy, but... all smelling just "ok", as much elegant and well executed, as honestly a bit fulsome and boring, with also some unpleasant, slightly chemical aftertaste and nuances here and there. It smells decent overall, even good perhaps, but also quite dull and without the quality one shall expect at this price range (I know one should judge the juice for what it smells, but I can't not consider also the price and the pretenses: if they're high, so shall be the expectations).

20th September, 2014
Genre: Leather

Amouage is unusual among perfume houses in that its men’s and women’s fragrance pairings often as not have something in common besides their names. Memoir Man and Memoir Woman are a case in point. Memoir Woman smells like an enriched, spiced, and sweetened variation on Memoir Man’s artemisia, frankincense, and wood composition. Middle notes of clove, plummy dried fruit, and florals provide the body lacking in Memoir Man, while the drydown benefits enormously from warm, animalic labdanum and castoreum base notes. The impression left is of a fruity, spicy chypre descended directly from the likes of Mitsouko, Rochas Femme, and Francis Kurkdjian’s Enlévement au Sérail.

Unfortunately, the same elements that make Memoir Woman much more gratifying to wear than its male sibling also align it so closely with some of the house’s previous releases* that it doesn’t feel like a necessary addition. I’ve been concerned whether Amouage can sustain it’s creative capital under its current rapid release schedule, and while Memoir Man and Memoir Woman don’t feel as redundant in the line as the Library Series, I can’t say I’m reassured.

Judged on its own, however, Memoir Woman strikes me as a more successful composition than Memoir Man. I also concur with those reviewers who find Memoir Woman gender-neutral, and I’d have no qualms about wearing it in public. Of the two Memoirs, it’s certainly the one I’d recommend.

*I’m thinking particularly of Jubilation XXV, which Memoir Woman echoes in its frankincense/dried fruit accord, and Jubilation 25, which while ostensibly brighter and more floral, shares a substantially similar fruity-animalic chypre character.
19th June, 2014
A complex fragrance for a complicated woman though IMO it could be worn easily by either gender. Warm resins and wood spices, candied floral talc-like nuances, faintly leather/chypre undertones in a structure loosely based on the classic incense floral. I can't imagine a more sombre and introverted fragrance on a woman.
02nd June, 2014
danieq Show all reviews
United States
I don't have lots of flowery words to describe this, but what I can tell you is that it is a rich, satisfying, fully rounded incense. It doesn't have that sharp edge that lots of incenses seem to begin with. It's just very smooth, a bit woody, spicy, perhaps a bit foody. I'm reviewing the extrait version, which is what I have. A beautiful fragrance and even better, you need very little to experience this, it goes a LONG way!
24th March, 2014

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