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 unisex.in fatc it captures one scent of masculinity that a truly feminine woman may wear successfully.it smells the way a woman should be.it makes you feel like a sensual woman.sexy 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 incredible.it reserved for cold weather and special occasions.in conclusion if you want to feel like a femme fatale MEMOIR WOMAN is what you need.
Longevity?Amazing on my skin.
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).
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.
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.
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!