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Journey Woman (2014)
by Amouage

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Year of Launch2014
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 44 votes)

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About Journey Woman

Journey Woman is a feminine perfume by Amouage. The scent was launched in 2014

Journey Woman fragrance notes

Reviews of Journey Woman

On me, Journey is like a more refined, less brash version of Alien Oud Majesteux. I've enjoyed my sample of Journey, but I don't think I'd want a full size bottle. Very nice, but for me, a once-in-a-while fragrance.
01st November, 2018
On my skin, this is a beautifully spiced warm honey. If there were walnut added, I would smell like the best baklava ever made.
10th July, 2016
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United States
I love food. I also love the smell of good food. And so I'm not embarrassed to say, I like to smell like food. Amouage Journey (for Women) opens with a citrusy smell, quickly joined by HONEY. Sticky sweet, yummy, raw honey. Oranges and honey, lots o' honey. Did I mention the honey? There is a drydown scent that I cannot name - smells like the drydown in John Varvatos, and I like that too. Kind of incense-y. I like that the cap of the bottle is magnetic. The bottle itself is nice and sturdy, and squat, and therefore unlikely to tip over. Sprayer worked well too.
24th February, 2016
There aren't many non-citrus fruity notes that l enjoy, but the golden, apricot-like note of osmanthus is an exception. Here it serves to enhance what for me is mainly a tobacco fragrance, laced with mimosa & spiced with nutmeg. ln the heart there's a honeyed sweetness to the tobacco, suede-like in texture, that reminds me more than a little of Chergui. The fragrance doesn't so much project as surround me with a fuzzy, golden haze, giving off divine little wafts as l move. lt's quite intoxicating, but not at all overpowering. There isn't much progression, except for a suggestion of vanilla, & a soft musk deep in the drydown eight hours later. A beautiful fragrance of exceptional quality, it's perfect on a sunny autumn day.
31st March, 2015 (last edited: 10th April, 2015)
One gets the feeling that Amouage were aiming for the cool, shaded, limpid feel of their earlier Reflection Woman with this offering. However, Journey Woman is somewhat lacking in that indefinable just-rightness that characterizes good perfume and joins the middle ranks instead.
The honey-osmanthus pairing has been making quite a few appearances recently – Journey’s interpretation is less cloying and syrupy than some and the apricot notes are a plus in lifting the opening, and giving it a lip-smacking tartness. When the jasmine emerges from the heart, it’s a watery one – the aim was probably for something light, gracious and cool, but it comes across as Amouage skimping on its budget. The leather accent is similarly banal and synthetic and does the whole no favours – the creators probably leaning too quickly on the tried and tested (in this instance the sympathy between osmanthus and leather tones).
Journey Woman is no stinker, but it fails to scale any heights. The best thing about it for me is its juicy apricotty fruitiness which it holds through its evolution.
15th March, 2015
Journey Woman opens with a radiant osmanthus – a delicate yellow flower famous for smelling of apricots and often used in the Far East to add a subtle floral note to black tea. And true enough, this does smell of apricots, or some other delicate stone fruit perhaps, like peaches or plums, lightly dusted with nutmeg and cardamom. I have to admit, the opening accord caused a brief rush of emotion in me, but before long, this fragrance had settled into a firm ‘like’ rather than a ‘love’.

I think it’s because a whole pot of honey was poured over the already sweet osmanthus accord in the heart, making it quite unbearably sweet and heavy to my nose. Anything delicate captured in the opening minutes of the fragrance – the gentle osmanthus, the apricots, the light spices – were immediately weighted down and made doughy by the onslaught of honey.

On the plus side, I do think Journey Woman smells very high quality and is perhaps the most pleasant fruity-floral I have smelled in the niche market in the last year. It is also far less ‘Grande Dame’ than Gold and Ubar, both of which are huge florals with a heat signature that can be seen from space. Journey Woman is at once lighter and more easy-going.

But funnily enough (although probably not so funny for Amouage), once the jasmine had joined in with the other florals and the honey in the mid-section, Journey Woman reminded me strongly of Elie Saab Le Parfum, which did a similar thing with jasmine and honey, but at a fraction of the cost of Journey Woman.

I feel that fruity-florals are a dangerous area for niche firms, because the designer market has made our tastes over-familiar with fruity-floral smells and thus the danger is that consumers will associate that smell with something far less prestigious and expensive. Therefore, Journey Woman comes off – to me – as simply an upmarket version of something that already exists in the department stores and costs far less. I am sure that fragrance experts would be able to tell at one sniff which is which, but I am not sure that anyone else would.
17th December, 2014

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