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Myths Man (2016)
by Amouage

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Myths Man information

Year of Launch2016
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 56 votes)

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About Myths Man

Myths Man is a masculine fragrance by Amouage. The scent was launched in 2016

Myths Man fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Myths Man

All I get is Chrysanthemum with a trace of ashes. Initially I was in two minds. Its actually a fresh fragrance with a bit of body to it but at one point I forgot I was wearing it then something started getting up my nose. It projects and lasts!
Can't be having that!

Fragrance: 6.75/10
Projection: 7.5/10
Longevity: 8/10
18th December, 2019
Amouage Myths Man (2016) is an interesting sequel of sorts to the earlier Interlude Man (2012), in the way that it takes the same ashy vetiver leather core but builds a different fragrance on top of it in a similar fashion to the way many antique Guerlain fragrances were built upon one another (the "Guerlinade" phenonenon). I'm not saying that there is sort of a foundational house note under this and Interlude both in quite the same manner as several Guerlains, but I am saying they both stem from the same roots. Myth Man is a powdery floral masculine heavy with iris, similar in tone to something like Dior Homme (2005) or the concurrently-released Prada L'Homme (2016), but with an oriental spin. Undoubtedly this will feel feminine in tone to many Western CISHET guys, and the vibrant lilac and purple bottle doesn't help, but I like it. The person who I think will appreciate Amouage Myths Man most is the male fan of iris that doesn't quite like the "makeup" smell it brings to the table with Dior treatments, but doesn't want something explicitly gourmand or soapy. Here iris is built up in almost chypre-like fashion with everything save an oakmoss note.

The opening contains what Amouage calls a chrysanthemum note. That flower is typically not used in perfume as it is often a display flower or used in insecticides, but produces a sweet sort of powdered Kool-Aid smell similar to grape leaves. For this reason, Myths Man has some linkback to Versace Man (2003), which coincidentally is also housed in a purple bottle, but moves into iris soon after instead of tobacco. The iris ends up being the main player in Myths Man, as it is joined in the heart by elemi, rose, and a boozy note, before descending into the same smoky vetiver and leather base as Interlude Man. By the time the base shows up, Myths distinguishes itself from Interlude with the iris being in the forefront, while the dry leather and vetiver kick around with a bit of pasty rockrose/labdanum, making Myths Man feel thoroughly formal or for a date night at a fine dining establishment at best. This one is very gender-neutral for obvious reasons, but most women with socio-typical tastes are likely to find this too powdery and old-fashioned like a "grandma's perfume". Sillage is extraordinary and projection nearly the same, while longevity is well over 24 hour so beware.

Fans of Interlude Man will want to check this out as a lighter and brighter alternative to that fragrance, but you have to really be a lover of iris otherwise to dig Myths Man, as it is the most prominent thing you smell after the chrysanthemum note fades to allow the vetiver and leather to come through. Put another way, this is an even more-powdery take on the leather accord from Knize Ten (1924), with added vetiver smoke and a bit of oriental mustiness mixed in. Myths Man is another surprisingly niche-like masculine creation from a house that has throughout the 2010's seemed content to make nuclear-powered Middle Eastern takes on masculine Western perfumery tropes ever since the popularity of scents like Jubilation XXV (2007) and Reflection Man (2007) moved them into that direction. By contrast, this is Amouage going back to familiar tricks from the 80's and 90's and a nice nod to their own heritage, even if not as eminently wearable compared to some of their more popular choices. Make sure you sample or order a test/decant sprayer of this even if you're a fan of iris or vetiver smoke, as this will challenge your tolerances. Thumbs up.
29th October, 2019
I love the opening of Myths Man. It really does smell like Interlude Man, except it has a floral rumminess that I absolutely love! I wish the opening would last through the whole wear. It's not that the base notes are bad, this is a very well blended fragrance. I just really enjoy the opening so very much! Excellent job Amouage!
24th August, 2019
Many speak of a "urinal cake" opening but I myself find the bizarre initial minutes of Myths to operate outside of any sense of animality. Rather, Earth and the built environment meet. Something like "wet cement," a geosmin-like prickliness in the nostril begins the perfume's journey. It smells neither good nor bad and instead does what surrealism set out to do. André Breton in the 2nd Surrealist Manifesto offers the following, "There exists a certain point of the mind at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and present, the communicable and the incommunicable, high and low, cease to be perceived as contradictions."

Looking at the listed note pyramid, I don't get much rum. The rose is hidden, soft, and what comes through to my olfactory memory is the smooth, simple wine ("Blood of Christ") of the Catholic eucharist enveloped not in the piney-lemon of burning frankincense, as one would think with ecclesiastical ceremony, but instead in the richness of burnt woods soaked in that very same wine with honey.

As the charcoal heating the bakhoor dies out and ashes remain, Myths sits on the skin, lies there, reminding me of the memory of fire and—strangely enough—of domestic privacy due to bakhoor's connotations with the home: its pillows, curtains, carpets and all other textiles that become infused with smoke when fumigating with incense.

If I could improve Myths for my tastes, I'd ask for more rose. The dark, brooding, daydreaming quality of this fragrance could benefit from a juicy rose and my hunch is that I should experiment with layering a few dabs of taif rose oil.

I also smell in the heart notes an occasional masculine note, perhaps the vetiver, that, while not unpleasant, nods too clearly toward gender constructions in a beautiful composition that otherwise merges all other contradictions. As Breton, the father of Surrealism, said, "Beauty will be convulsive or not be at all."
03rd June, 2019
I smell as main notes the ash, the labdanum, resins and some flowers...i can't really dissect this parfume more than this, it's a complex marvel!
Just let me give you the hint to not be stingy with this, even if has very good sillage and longevity at first spray:overspray!
When i bought the sample i used to spray just a shot to test my and my wife's noses, it smelled very animalic to me, my wife used this exact term: dung!
Then i decided to end it up quickly and sprayed 3 shots (for me 3 is ocerspraying for Amouages), my wife's reaction was exactly the opposed and spontaneusly asked about my parfum 'cause it smelled very fresh and i also can confirm there is a big difference!
This to me is one worthy to be called an artwork!
11th March, 2019 (last edited: 13th March, 2019)
Liked this one from 1st sniff...darkly aromatic...smells like it's layered....like a layer of sweet smoky wood with a layer of rum touched serious flowers sitting on top...kind of like if you layered Interlude and Beloved Men...this is definitely Interlude's younger and more delicate brother...very Oriental...not one of Amouage's attempts to Westernize a Oriental fragrance....not as smoky as Interlude...more laid back, sweet and balanced...dries down to a wondreful old leather jacket...just leather...no gasoline or anything...just a plain , but outstanding , leather note...really love what I smell when wearing this...double thumbs up...
25th February, 2019

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