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    Default Amouage samples on the way. Worth the hype?

    So lately it seems like there's been an Amouage explosion on the boards. They seem to be getting more talk than even Creeds lately. So I decided to order a few samples of Dia, Reflection, Epic, Jubilation, and Lyric. So I'd like to know, in your opinion, if they are worth the hype. No matter how good they smell, I already know they're DEFINETELY NOT worth the price! lol But are they any good, and why?

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    Default Re: Amouage samples on the way. Worth the hype?

    Yes, they're good. They are deep, thick, rich, finely polished, and spare not expense. They are all memorable, have stand-out compositions, and are, to coin a phrase, anti-wimpy. I love a few, and respect the rest. A truly good house.
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    Default Re: Amouage samples on the way. Worth the hype?

    Depends on the fragrance.

    Homage? Baffled. Just don't get the hype. Ubar? Magical - in my top ten.

    Your mileage may vary.

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    1. They DO worth their prices.
    2. Amouage isnt about hype. It's a fact that Amouage is THATTTTTTTTTTTTT good.
    3. Dia, Reflection, Epic, Jubilation, and Lyric . The bold ones are good. Dia is overrated. I havent tested Reflection.

    Hope you will enjoy them, at least for the experience.
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    Tested almost all EdP's and (only one among attars-) Homage. Their customer service sucks, they make you feel unimportant. That being said, I judge fragrances not customer service fools.

    The short version: the EdP's are very good... compare them with what was left of the big French houses... mostly shadows of their glorious selves, no matter how much Luca Turin would be gushing in hyperbolic five stars reviews... there's no comparison in terms of concentration, seriousness of purpose... however, I enjoy these (Amouage EdP's) more like something to be enjoyed as an experience, not to be had as a full-volume product. Experimental in a good way.

    Homage: it took me a while to appreciate it properly, but now I (think I) do and I just ordered a full attar bottle... and I'm not rich... it's that good... it's one of those few things you don't care whether others approve of, you just need it for yourself. Again, it's that good. As good as the best of Creed. The only one so far among what I tried.

    Hillaire's Basenotes review of Homage sums up its best qualities splendidly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Yes, they're good. They are deep, thick, rich, finely polished, and spare not expense. They are all memorable, have stand-out compositions, and are, to coin a phrase, anti-wimpy. I love a few, and respect the rest. A truly good house.
    Agreed. It`s my favourite perfume-house. All of the male EDP are very high quality. The edp`s from Amouage gives me all I expect from a niche brand of this calibre. All of them smell good, but that doesn`t mean that I can use all of them. Gold is just to much for me to tolerate. To many sprays of this will make you sick.. There is no longevity problems with Amouage.

    IMO, I will rank them like this:

    1. Jubilation xxv. -This is the best fragrance I have smell so far. Ever! My favourite.
    2. Epic. -Heavy stuff! masculine, powerful and strong. Not for kids! A masterpiece.
    3. Dia. -Luxurious and refined for elegant day wear. IMO, also for evening wear.
    4. Ciel. -Very unique complex fresh floral scent for men. Perfect for spring/summer.
    5. Silver. -Classical, very elegant, "workhorse" scent. Fresh, crisp, woody and spicy. Smells great on eny occations.
    6. Lyric. -Great floral rose based scent with strong sillage and longevity. Quite unique as a male-perfume.
    7. Reflection. -In the Joop homme/Fleur du Male/Givenchy Pi-family. Smells nice, but can be to much if oversprayed.
    8. Gold. -Luxurious, dense, and elegant. Expencive smell. To feminine for my taste..
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    Homage would be still worth it if it was twice the price IMO . I dont get the longevity that other people seem to , about 6 hours but what a 6 hours - Im almost tempted to say that its the #1 in my wardrobe and I love all my smells . Same with Tribute . Have tried Epic Lyric and Reflection and think they are all excellent

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    A little off-topic, but where did you get your samples from? I live in Kuwait and ironically it's really hard to find them here, let alone sample.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekove View Post
    A little off-topic, but where did you get your samples from? I live in Kuwait and ironically it's really hard to find them here, let alone sample.
    You can buy small atomizers with Amouage at www.parfumsraffy.com

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    Okay you guys, so the samples finally arrived today. I just applied another niche fragrance to my left wrist (Ambre Precieux) and Jubilation to my right wrist. Precieus doesn't impress on first impression. But this Jubilation...nice!!! I mean, I was over here just laughing to myself in delight at how nice it was. Now it's been on my wrist for about 5-8 minutes, and to be honest, I am a little less enthused. It kinda reminds me of Jo Malone's Pomegranete, which I was also impressed with upon initial application, but after a few more, it was just like ehh...

    But I'll update you guys on the rest of the Amouages as I try them. I'm also anxious to try this Tauer Orange Star and the other niche fragrances in my sample pack.

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    Ok...one more update. So I tried Epic and Reflection last night. I like Epic. It's okay, but I need more time to get better acquainted with it. But Reflection? Realllly good stuff. Surely this is the one that gets the Joop comparisons, because it definetely reminds me of a cleaner Joop. It's like Joop and GIT's lovechild. It's a little milder than Joop, and smoother and cleaner. Really nice. It definetely smells polished/upscale. I think it would make for a great formal fragrance. I'd definetely buy it if I had the money. A decant may be necessary. Lyric and Dia are next! But so far, Reflection is my top Amouage.

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    Default Re: Amouage samples on the way. Worth the hype?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ekove View Post
    A little off-topic, but where did you get your samples from? I live in Kuwait and ironically it's really hard to find them here, let alone sample.
    This eBay seller is located in Kuwait. I have found her reliable. Here is her page of Amouage currently on eBay:

    http://shop.ebay.com/universal-perfu...911.m270.l1313

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    I don't judge a house by one or two fragrances but this is a recent experience...

    When I had with Reflection on, I was swamped with memories of...
    -- my grandmother's cheap urinal cakes
    -- cheap Halloween candy
    -- the detergent aisle of a dollar store
    -- a hint of body odor from some Indian taxi driver guy
    -- some retched hippie thing from the 1970's (patchouli?)

    This nightmare was long due to the oil-to-alcohol ratio.

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    I tried Lyric Man.

    This is a special one. A very fresh rose like no other.
    To my surprise it's quite feminine.

    You can expect some attention from the girls with this as they seem to love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larwiz View Post
    Ok...one more update. So I tried Epic and Reflection last night. I like Epic. It's okay, but I need more time to get better acquainted with it. But Reflection? Realllly good stuff. Surely this is the one that gets the Joop comparisons, because it definetely reminds me of a cleaner Joop. It's like Joop and GIT's lovechild. It's a little milder than Joop, and smoother and cleaner. Really nice. It definetely smells polished/upscale. I think it would make for a great formal fragrance. I'd definetely buy it if I had the money. A decant may be necessary. Lyric and Dia are next! But so far, Reflection is my top Amouage.
    Most people need some time to "get" Epic, but when you first do, it`s almost hypnotic! By the way, it smells different when spraying from a bottle compared to a sample-vial. This is a "spray-in-air-walk-through" scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Yes, they're good. They are deep, thick, rich, finely polished, and spare not expense. They are all memorable, have stand-out compositions, and are, to coin a phrase, anti-wimpy. I love a few, and respect the rest. A truly good house.
    Well said and I agree.
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    Default Re: Amouage samples on the way. Worth the hype?

    Mimi very recently sent me some pretty terrific samples with Ubar and Homage Attar included. I have Ubar on one forearm and Attar on the other.

    I am liking both very much and am eager to sample them again very soon to review them both.

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    Aromi! Long time no see man! Welcome back! How do you feel about Reflection? I am really digging Reflection! I'm wearing my sample of it today and I'm loving every moment of it.

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    Reflection is one of the finest fragrances out there, imo. It has so many dualities it is crazy - it is modern and yet classic, sweet and yet full bodied, refined and yet playful, light and dark, compositionally heavy in some ways and yet so transparent in others. The key with Reflection is not to overdo it - 1 or, at most, 2 sprays is plenty. Glad you are enjoying what has essentially become my signature fragrance (by virtue of the fact that I tend to wear it 2 or 3 times a week because I crave it so.)
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    Hey Sculpture. Maybe you can send me a free decant? :-) Or maybe we can work somethin out. I may pm you. But umm...I also got a sample of Let Me Play the Lion, which I see is in your top 12. Man, that sucka smells like a slightly sweeter and more pleasant Yatagan. I was like OH NO!!! Now that was just my first impression. But my initial impression usually doesn't fleet, so I dunno. But yeah man...Reflection is all that. And the staying power is defientely there. I applied it at about 7:45 this morning, and I can still smell it loud and clear at almost 5 pm. That's 10 hours. Really good stuff. I'd love a decant of this stuff!

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    I just sampled some Amouage at the only chain store that sells them here, a little pricier than elsewhere. Sadly I only got them sprayed on strips since I kept getting assaulted by sales assistant not understanding that "I'm only here to smell amouage".

    Anyhow, this is by no means my a significant first impression since the test wasn't on my skin. But Reflection and Gold are amazing (2 of the three I smelled). It's hard to describe the scents, they're not very "ground breaking" but they smell so pure and the notes flow perfectly. Though considering none of the scents "WOW"ed me on it's own, they're still not worth the price to me. I rather get an 5 excellent scents done moderately over a single good scent which is done perfectly. But I'm yet to test J XXV and Dia, maybe they'll make acquiring an amouage bottle worth it.

    They lasted a good while on the scent strips, much better than any other complex scent I've had sprayed on paper, but you know what they say about fragrances that smell good on paper...God if only the sales assistant wasn't showing me the next perfume before I even sniff the one I just got. I mean...do these people even know scents need time to unfold?

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    I hear you evoke. Those sales people can be pushy as hell! Right now I have Dia and Lyric on my left and right hand, respectively. Lyric must be the one that people are saying has rose in it, because Lyric is awfully floral right now, and I don't know that I like it. It doesn't smell very sophisticated. It smells like a typical floral scent from any generic perfume house. This is an easy PASS. Dia on the other hand is a nice sweet n spicy fragrance. It's kinda dry...kinda reminds me of Encre Noir. I'd wear it, but wouldn't buy it.

    Hmm...on second and third sniff, Lyric isn't bad. It starts off waaay too floraly, but after about 5 minutes, it becomes a bit more wearable. Still though, Epic and especially Reflection are the only two of the five that I sampled that I would really consider purchasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBL View Post
    I tried Lyric Man.

    This is a special one. A very fresh rose like no other.
    To my surprise it's quite feminine.
    Received a sample of this one (my first Amouage) yesterday, and am trying it for the first time tonight. I have to agree--very nice and very much reminds me of something a mature woman would wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Homme View Post
    Received a sample of this one (my first Amouage) yesterday, and am trying it for the first time tonight. I have to agree--very nice and very much reminds me of something a mature woman would wear.
    Interesting.
    I personally see a mature woman wear C&S No.88, a more dark dirty rose.
    Lyric Man is a very fresh fragrance which I think would suit a younger woman better imo.

    I am kind of wondering how Lyric Woman smells...
    I mean if the male version is already this feminine, the female must be uber-feminine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBL View Post
    Interesting.
    I personally see a mature woman wear C&S No.88, a more dark dirty rose.
    Lyric Man is a very fresh fragrance which I think would suit a younger woman better imo.

    I am kind of wondering how Lyric Woman smells...
    I mean if the male version is already this feminine, the female must be uber-feminine!
    Perhaps I should have said "well-heeled woman." It has class. Although to my nose it lacks any kind of a sweet or musky base, which I find fitting for younger women. This has a lot of blossom, and "jumps out" at you more than others so maybe that's throwing me off. Whatever it is, it makes me think of 35-45 y/o women with equal parts taste and disposable income.

    Maybe I'll feel differently sometime tomorrow afternoon when this stuff begins to calm down. It is definitely some potent stuff.


    Funny you should mention C&S No 88, too, because I have a sample of it on my other wrist. It's......something.

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    I need to try these! In time I shall.. in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBL View Post
    Interesting.
    I personally see a mature woman wear C&S No.88, a more dark dirty rose.
    Lyric Man is a very fresh fragrance which I think would suit a younger woman better imo.

    I am kind of wondering how Lyric Woman smells...
    I mean if the male version is already this feminine, the female must be uber-feminine!
    The Lyric Woman is rather more 'masculine'; I figured they played a bit with the concept. Woman is rosier, but less generically floral and has a very strong sandalwood drydown.
    I figure the sharp 'ginger attack' at the front of man was the comapny's rationale for it's being chosen for the 'masculine' market. I wear both, and possibly prefer Man.

    As for man, it requires time to drydown, and I thin one needs to know its sillage to know its full personality. I fond it really delightful.

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    But do you think the masculine "ordinary" man, dears to wear a scent like Lyric?

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    To chime in on the Lyric conversation, frankly speaking: Lyric is for a woman! Especially since we are use to smelling scents like that on women, that type of smell is associated with a woman. I dont see myself ever wearing a scent like it.

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    Default Re: Amouage samples on the way. Worth the hype?

    The only one's I've tried are XXV, and Lyric Man. XXV just doesn't appeal to me. Lyric Man is quite floral, and strikes me as a bit too feminine. They just are not for me.

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