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Memoir Woman (2010)
by Amouage

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Year of Launch2010
AvailabilityIn Production
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About Memoir Woman

Memoir Woman is a feminine perfume by Amouage. The scent was launched in 2010

Reviews of Memoir Woman

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 menís and womenís 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 Manís 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 Kurkdjianís Enlťvement au Sťrail.

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 houseís previous releases* that it doesnít feel like a necessary addition. Iíve been concerned whether Amouage can sustain itís creative capital under its current rapid release schedule, and while Memoir Man and Memoir Woman donít feel as redundant in the line as the Library Series, I canít say Iím 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 Iíd have no qualms about wearing it in public. Of the two Memoirs, itís certainly the one Iíd recommend.

*Iím 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
Fruity and Spicey

This started out with a blast of incense and hard candy. The citrus mixed with other notes to make something I can only describe as PEZ brand candy. After 5min. the candy died down some and warmer Cloves, incense and powder came to the front. I like it overall, definitely a feminine though.

19th July, 2013
About the list of notes....I read it and it just looks like a bunch of stuff, I can't really relate it to what Memoir Woman actually smells like.

This fragrance smells rich and powerful, strong, almost overwhelming. It smells like burning incense to me, but that's not doing it's super deluxe burning incense with flowers, a little earthy or gritty something going on, but overall just hard to describe. Resins, flowers, and earthy spices. It's a BIG scent and was almost too much for me.

I wore this to the Dead Can Dance concert in Chicago's Millenium Park. It was almost too much even for an outdoor event, especially since I usually apply really lightly with all my fragrances. I decided it was a special occasion and I wanted to step outside my comfort zone, and I really put on a lot (for me). So I love the way Memoir Woman smelled on me, but I can't imagine many other situations in life where this would be appropriate. Way too strong to wear indoors unless it's a large open space.

So, yeah....maybe I could get a large decant but there wouldn't be much point in getting a whole bottle. I love this scent but I don't really wear it as much as it wears me. I think anyone who's really into fragrance should try this or something like it, something so rich and over the top, but such high quality.
24th August, 2012

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