One of my favourites from Amouage. Interlude Man is too much - it is loud and unfocused. Interlude Woman however, is much more balanced and better put together.
It opens with a blast of bitter-green-woody notes and soon develops into a heart of dusty-sweet-spicy immortelle. I am always sceptical of immortelle since it is a powerful and dominant note, but in this case it seems to be under control.
The fragrance is long lasting and completely unisex - I cannot detect anything feminine about it. And since it better balanced and composed that the Interlude Man - I'll go for it.
07th November, 2014 (last edited: 16th November, 2014)
totally digging this gem, so faraway from the male version but great for male wearing also..this is unisex witha leather note in the background..for the Kinky Gentleman
Genre: Floral Oriental
Interlude Man is strikes me as a cacophonous nightmare of a fragrance, but I’m happy to report that Interlude Woman is a much more successful and congenial composition. No shrieking horror of pseudo-sandalwood here, and no thunderous head shop patchouli. Instead, a novel, yet understated accord of nutmeats, frankincense, and white floral notes over a delicate opopanax, vanillic amber, and tonka foundation. Whereas the oudh reconstruction in Interlude Man is parsley on a pig, here, in much quieter guise, it serves to offset the sweetness of the amber and opopanax. The overall effect is elegant, refined, and serene – everything that its masculine counterpart is not. Take this scent, tone down the rose, put a little more leather in the foundation, add a touch more frankincense, and Amouage would have its ideal Interlude Man. In the event, I’d much sooner wear this!
20th July, 2014 (last edited: 28th July, 2014)
Warm, if a tad syrupy for those sensitive to immortelle, resinous but not dry, animalic but nowhere near skanky. Throw in a salty hint of leather and you get an ambitious composition that succeeds more than it fails, with a remarkable harmony between the various elements. Yet I'm not 'wowed'. Therein lies her problem. By playing it safe, INTERLUDE doesn't push the envelope far enough and lacks the X factor, that elusive quirk of personality that distinguishes the great from the good. Maybe that's why it feels right at home in gender-neutral territory.
I love the combination of woodsy incense. Has good staying power and keeps me going back for more. Not over powering but lingers. Unexpectedly beautiful without being flowery.