I've spent a lot of time with this and realized that I had some major anosmia/hyperosmia issues early on.
Having worn it 20+ times now, with the last few finally cohering (the chemical sensitivity issues seem to have faded, finally, thank god!) I can comment a bit more on it.
I can see RSharma's comparison to Reflection, but there are some significant differences. The textures are very different - Reflection being thicker and more creamy/milky/opaque (shapeless, some say) whereas Beloved Man is more translucent and full of sparkle. They both have great iris notes, but the iris in Beloved - to my nose - is a fair bit different than Reflection's, which is woody and creamy. Here again, Beloved's seems more crystalline, with some lavender facets, and is like a cross between SL Gris Clair's iris/lavender and Dior Homme's iris/lavender. Actually, it shares something else in common with each of the scents; Beloved and Gris Clair share a similar peppery/woody quality, although it is less dry in Beloved and avoids the kind of burned/ashy quality that Gris Clair has. With Dior Homme, beloved shares a similar suede note - to me it smells soft and supple and conjures up a very very light beige hue.
While not smelling all that similar, it does share some semblance to Invasion Barbare too. Both feature grapefruit and cardamom and leather, both are classy and easy to wear, and I'd actually call both of them nu-geres. It also features an almost 'steam like' note similar to that of Sartorial, and has the sort of shimmering opalescent qualities of Amouage's own Opus II (with which it shares a number of notes).
Does this sound odd? Well, it's much more cohesive than it sounds, although it's still quite a kaleidoscopic scent with a slow but detectable evolution.
It's crystalline yellows and purples over a dark diaphonous wood/supple leather combo, with a few bitter and peppery elements along the way. Imo, it is brilliant how well the opposing elements are juxtaposed here; crystalline layers on top of dark patchouli and woods, a crisp and biting, slightly bitter vetiver/pepper/cardamom against the soft and smooth suede and subtle waxy jasmine, the resinous/waxy facets of elemi and grapefruit against the dry and dessicated cedar and pepper.
That being said, I do think it's not opulent in the way that many expect an Amouage to be. And it is, I agree, quite modern in smell, which might throw some for a loop. But it's worth testing because if you like it and it works on your skin - it is probably one of the most sensible Amouage's to own a full bottle of because of its extreme versatility and wearability. While some might write it off as too safe, I could see this becoming a favorite go to, all purpose scent for many people. The golden radiance of the citrus opening, the sparkle of the iris, that creamy leather against the slightly smoky vetiver in the base, ... it's got a lot more character than most "safe scents."- - - Updated - - -
Originally Posted by DULLAH
Too bad. Is it powdery like a woman's perfume / Dior Homme ? Or like Burberry Brit / Prada Infusion Homme ? Or is it a very natural, rich powdery smell like Xerjoff Kobe ?
It's not powdery like a woman's perfume. The powder is more subdued. It's not as woody/smoky as Interlude but does have more spice going on - there's a ton of natural guaiac in this (so, creamy woody pepper), and that is blended seamlessly with the cardamom and I believe two types of vetiver (I get a bit of smoky indonesian and also some of the greener haitian vetiver). The way the powder, woods, iris and discrete jasmine come together, it has more of a powder/shave cream nu-gere vibe. More spicy and woody than them, though - at least until the laaate dry down, which is mostly a suede-like orris alongside a bit of remaining guaiac and a light patchouli. Not as creamy as Rive Gauche or Prada Amber.