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  1. #61

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    I actually got samples from Asia already, please read my Woman review. The men's was not great IMO, though modern and well done. It struck me as a better and more refined Commes de Garcons original (also like Gucci PH). Maybe it just paled next to the woman's, which is so good, I cannot wait to spend my grocery money on it!
    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    about memoir man, i totally agree with you on that...just like what I said at the top part of this thread, memoir man smelled similar to Gucci Ph.
    Yeah, I've found the male version of the last 2-3 Amouage releases pale in comparison to the women's, so I'm not at all surprised there.

    Will have to test out Memoir Woman tomorrow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccck View Post
    ehhh where IS Hillaire's review?
    Fragrance directory - click on the Memoir Woman icon- it's the 1st one .
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  3. #63

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    Being a huge Amouage fan, I'm planning on buying the Memoir Man when it gets in stock here in the US - The notes certainly do sound nice.

    However, for all who have tried it, how much of a resemblence does it have with Ungaro I? According to zztop's review of Ungaro I the main focus of it is Wormwood, and wasn't sure if Memoir Man has the same booziness and dark feeling of Ungaro I.

  4. #64

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    I’m afraid I have to express my disappointment with both Memoir Man and Woman, more due to the fact that compared to Amouage’s last 2-3 ‘standard’ releases (Epic, Lyric, etc) these aren’t very original at all. Taking into account 50ml will cost £20 more than a 50ml bottle of Lyric (a 100ml bottle will cost an extra £10), I expected more originality. Granted, these are up to the usual high standards that Amouage is renowned for but there was just too much déjà vu to get excited about. Furthermore, they smelt more mainstream than niche.

    So, what do they smell like? Well, if I had to sum them up, it would be something like this:

    Memoir Man: a fresher version of Gucci pour Homme (not sure if Gucci pour Homme II would come into the equation, as I haven’t smelt it in a very long time).

    Memoir Woman: a fusion of two Serge Lutens releases, Cedre (1:3) and Serge Noir (2:3), with discreet sillage and good (but not stellar) longevity.

    The first thing that I said to myself, after smelling these for the first time, was ‘It that it?’ That’s how underwhelming I found them. Let’s put it this way, after trying the Memoirs, the quality of Opus III (which I tried again, shortly afterwards) shone through even more – heightened in comparison to the ‘blandness’ of the Memoirs.

    So, no, I won’t be buying either of them but am now seriously considering a bottle of Opus III. I’m also really looking forward to the release of Opus IV before the end of the year (Opus V will be out in 2011)…

  5. #65

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    Thanks Trebor! Too bad... any REAL leather as a prominent note though?

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    With regards to Memoir Woman, hardly any. But then again, I'm not much of a leather frag expert. Woods, tuberose, incense and labdanum were the main players to my nose (the fenugreek's there but less prominent).

  7. #67

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    I'll try them when they are available at our local store here... thanks, but it does sound less and less hopeful

  8. #68

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larimar View Post
    I'll try them when they are available at our local store here... thanks, but it does sound less and less hopeful
    hey man don't be discouraged by one or two negative reviews. One of the beauties of Amouage is how some of its scents can create such polarizing opinions. I remember reading so many reviews of Epic man and was completely ready for a disappointment when the sample arrived. As it turned out, Epic wasn't as bad as the reviews said - it's true that the scent wasn't groundbreaking, but its composition was exquisite, and I yearn for a bottle of it.

    I guess most of us here are expecting something special and outstanding for the money that Amouage is charging, but then again, in an interview with Christopher Chong, he did mention that he does not believe in originality, but re-interpretation, and at the end of the day, perfume should smell good. To that end, I have come not to expect anything amazingly groundbreaking like Coty's Chypre or Houbigant's Fougere (abit hyperbolic here >_<).

    However, I still enjoy reading reviews, both good and bad, because it gives me a more balanced understanding of the scent, and it tampers my expectations, so much so that I approach a scent with a neutral stance. That way, I can smell it with "a clean nose and mind", because I realized that our minds tend to "create" a smell of something we have never smelled before based on reviews (and if its from a brand we love, we tend to want it to smell good). When we really smell the scent, and if it doesn't fit according to what we created in our mind, we get disappointed. I'm not saying that this was what happened to Trebor, but I have had this experience before.

    Anyhows, I just bought Memoir blind And I got Ciel to go along with it!
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    Default Re: New Fragrances: Amouage Memoir Man and Memoir Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I’m afraid I have to express my disappointment with both Memoir Man and Woman, more due to the fact that compared to Amouage’s last 2-3 ‘standard’ releases (Epic, Lyric, etc) these aren’t very original at all. Taking into account 50ml will cost £20 more than a 50ml bottle of Lyric (a 100ml bottle will cost an extra £10), I expected more originality. Granted, these are up to the usual high standards that Amouage is renowned for but there was just too much déjà vu to get excited about. Furthermore, they smelt more mainstream than niche.

    So, what do they smell like? Well, if I had to sum them up, it would be something like this:

    Memoir Man: a fresher version of Gucci pour Homme (not sure if Gucci pour Homme II would come into the equation, as I haven’t smelt it in a very long time).

    Memoir Woman: a fusion of two Serge Lutens releases, Cedre (1:3) and Serge Noir (2:3), with discreet sillage and good (but not stellar) longevity.

    The first thing that I said to myself, after smelling these for the first time, was ‘It that it?’ That’s how underwhelming I found them. Let’s put it this way, after trying the Memoirs, the quality of Opus III (which I tried again, shortly afterwards) shone through even more – heightened in comparison to the ‘blandness’ of the Memoirs.

    So, no, I won’t be buying either of them but am now seriously considering a bottle of Opus III. I’m also really looking forward to the release of Opus IV before the end of the year (Opus V will be out in 2011)…
    I'm looking forward to testing out Opus I ,II and III for sure. I got some good samples from Raffy .
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  10. #70

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccck View Post
    hey man don't be discouraged by one or two negative reviews.
    I have no special affinity for the house Amouage (I love Lyric Woman and very much like Ubar). There are others that convince me more as a whole or from their concept. I also very well know what I like and what I fall for in the end My first sigh was "pepper", second I was not terribly excited about Hillaire's review (in the sense whether it is made for me) and third, yes, I did expect bloody leather in it since Amouage in Oman must be rather free to use whatever ingredient in their creations. Yes, it sounds like playing it 'safe' here, but we'll see...

  11. #71

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    Anyhows, I just bought Memoir blind And I got Ciel to go along with it!
    i like your style, man!.......

  12. #72

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    I think comparing Memoir Man to Gucci PH and leaving it at this is doing a big disservice to both fragrances, really. There are quite a few differences and while they do share some elements of their woody/incense/amber accord, it's grossly misleading to say they are the same. It would be like saying Jaisalmer and Ouarzazate are the same or something, just because they are both incense oriented. While I respect Trebor's opinion I just want people to know that there are some (myself and Mr. Reasonable, at least) that do not find them to be so similar.

    I've yet to give Memoir Woman a full test but I pick up a serious Poison by Dior vibe when sniffing under the cap. Does anyone else get that comparison at all? The anise, jasmine and white petal accord come together in a grapey-jasmine way that immediately called to mind Poison. I imagine the drydown will be quite different, but still, lovers of the original Poison (Sugarandja, where are you? ) may want to check this one out.
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    It's funny that Trebor drew a comparison between Serge Noir and Memoir Woman. I can see the comparison there and it is apt. To my nose, I'd say Memoir woman is more like Dior's Poison + Serge Noire + some chypre qualities.

    Funnily enough, I was trying to think of what Memoir Man compares to and, having somehow missed Trebor's comparison above, also thought of Serge Noire. To me, Memoir Man is something like: Fou d'Absinthe + Gucci PH + Serge Noire + Salvador Dali PH.

    It took me a few wearings on skin to get all of the depth of Memoir Man. On a card the opening accord of absinthe + a hint of woods and incense and anise stays for quite some time, and I can see where it may lead one to think of a "fresher Gucci PH." It is definitely greener and more aromatic up top!

    The aromatic and green top segues into a lavender absolute (this smells green, with hints of berry and jasmine) and incensey woody heart, and then finally into a slightly ashen dry down that calls to mind the embers of a dying flame. I detect oakmoss, sandalwood, a smoky vetiver, a good dose of burned incense (it smells most like burned opoponax, which smells kind of like burned myrrh without the brown sugar nuances) and a hint of tarry leather (like that found in Dali PH) in the drydown, and it is fantastic.

    Don't test this on a card, and don't give up on it after only a single wearing. It's a fantastic scent, one of the best and most creative in the Amouage line, imo.
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    Amoauge now have these listed on their site: http://www.amouage.com/memoir/
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  15. #75

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    Now available at Luckyscent! http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...emoir_Man.html

    The women's is also available. The cool thing is that these are the least expensive releases from Amouage in a long time. Now, of course, they're still obscenely expensive, but just a little less obscene. Only $260 for the mens.. it's the cheapest men's scent they've got listed there along with Silver Man.

    The really odd thing is that the Amouage site's official pricing has it at the same price as Epic and Dia. Do you think this is just a Luckyscent promotional thing? Does Luckyscent ever (or usually?) offer a slightly reduced price on pre-orders?
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  16. #76
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    Will be ordering a sample soon as Amouage is one of my favorite houses. The bottle is very off putting though; it reminds me of Serge Lutens` Serge Noir and that was a ghastly perfume on me.

  17. #77

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    Well, there is a hint of Serge Noire in both of these fragrances. If I had to compare them to a combination of other scents: say the men's smells like a mix of Fou d'Absinthe, Serge Noire, and Gucci PH, while the women's smells like a mix of the original Poison, Serge Noire, and a hint of Alien.

    These are the least traditionally "Amouage" of the scents they've put out - very dark and almost gothic. Both are still lush, beautiful and powerful, however.

    edit: There's some connection between Encre Noire and Memoir Man, too - mostly in their dark/smoothness.
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  18. #78

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    Thanks to this thread I ran over to the mall and tested these yesterday. Memoir Man is too stark for me. Woman, though, was quite lovely. I got a little fenugreek, some black molasses, a lot of clove, and then a little soapy floral hiding waaaaay back there. Toasty warm, dark and oddly comforting - not my idea of gothic. With Amouage I expect a beautiful, inspired perfume with high quality ingredients, and Memoir Woman delivers that. It doesn't pique me enough for a full bottle, but I might buy a sample to give it time to grow on me.

    Of the recent Amouage releases I have most enjoyed Opus III. Less original than Memoir, but a beautiful, easy wear. I see it on the distant FB horizon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Bon Vivant View Post
    Of the recent Amouage releases I have most enjoyed Opus III. Less original than Memoir, but a beautiful, easy wear. I see it on the distant FB horizon...
    Opus III seems to have quite a naturally handled violet note set in an almost "amped up Eau de Cologne" framework for me. I enjoy this once the top settles down a bit.

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    Is it just me, or does Opus III smell the most natural of all the Amouage releases?

    I'm pretty sure Off-Scenter doesn't think so, based on his review, but what he reads as aldehydes I read as ylang + carnation + a hint of sipce and a bit of dry wood (the papyrus note.. maybe something like copaiba balsam, himalaya cedar or something similar). While there may be aldehydes present they definitely don't hit me with that waxiness that is so present in scents like No. 5, Dia Woman, Gold Man, etc. Those aldehydes always seem to have a bit of a light/shimmery quality too (which is odd, given their waxiness.. maybe it's the juxtaposition of those two odd qualities that makes them rather unpleasant to me), while Opus III just seems so full, round, and almost weighty, right from the get go.
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    Default Re: New Fragrances: Amouage Memoir Man and Memoir Woman

    Does anyone else think Opus III smells like L'Heure Bleue ( in extrait ) ? It is easily my favorite.
    I ordered samples of Memoir Woman - just dying to try it out !
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    I think Opus 3 is the most linear, classic, and mature scent in Library Collection. It is super strong, very feminin, and like Mimi Gardenia and others said, Opus 3 reminds us of Guerlain L'Heure Bleue. With Opus trio, I think Amouage is quite smart. Opus 1 is sharp and daring. Opus 2 is enjoyable and wearable. Opus 3 is standard and mature. Anyone can choose for himself (at least ) one Opus easily.

    Sculptureofsoul, I think Opus 2 is more natural than Opus 3. I love 2, and just wish it could be as strong ans 1 and 3.
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    chocolateguy- thanks for the affirmation re. L'Heure Bleue and Opus III.
    Sculpture - you say Memoir Woman smells like Poison somewhat ?? That's wonderful ! I can't wait to sample ! I also love black perfume bottles - a weakness of mine . I won't know what to do with myself if I fall in love with it ... Amouage is so stinkingly expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chocolateguy View Post
    I think Opus 3 is the most linear, classic, and mature scent in Library Collection. It is super strong, very feminin, and like Mimi Gardenia and others said, Opus 3 reminds us of Guerlain L'Heure Bleue. With Opus trio, I think Amouage is quite smart. Opus 1 is sharp and daring. Opus 2 is enjoyable and wearable. Opus 3 is standard and mature. Anyone can choose for himself (at least ) one Opus easily.

    Sculptureofsoul, I think Opus 2 is more natural than Opus 3. I love 2, and just wish it could be as strong ans 1 and 3.
    Opus II does seem very natural too, and its behavior (very loud opening that quickly tapers off) does follow the course of most naturals. I guess it's just the roundness and softness of Opus III that makes it feel so natural to me, even though II very well may be more natural.

    I am officially in love with Memoir Man. It basically takes the best parts of Salvador Dali, Gucci PH, Fou d'Absinthe, Encre Noire and Serge Noire and a hint of Epic Man and combines them into one fragrance. It is deep, dark, brooding, introspective, and very very beautiful. I was going to ask for Opus II for Christmas (I still really want it!), but I think I want Memoir Man first. Problem is.. I really don't need 100ml of it, but it's not worth saving a few bucks for the 50ml. I wonder if anyone would be interested in a split...

    a random aside: yesterday, while wearing Memoir Man, I was surrounded by a couple of huge ravens. I haven't even seen any ravens in quite some time. What a weird coincidence (if you go to the Memoir section on the Amouage site, you'll see the black feather theme they've got going on.. granted, I think that's tied into the Black Swan story, but still.. an odd coincidence).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Problem is.. I really don't need 100ml of it, but it's not worth saving a few bucks for the 50ml. I wonder if anyone would be interested in a split...

    This always works out to my benefit, getting the larger, as I can decant 30 ml and it usually has some 'clout' in the swap market.

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    I just ordered samples of both Memoir Man and Woman.... I'm really looking forward to trying these.
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    Default Re: New Fragrances: Amouage Memoir Man and Memoir Woman

    If I was going to get Memoir- I would opt for the 100 ml size- it does seem more cost effective in the end. Your raven experience , Sculpture- a bizarre coicidence !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    This always works out to my benefit, getting the larger, as I can decant 30 ml and it usually has some 'clout' in the swap market.
    I should probably do this with my Lyric Man. I've still got about 97% of my 100ml bottle and it's been almost a year since I picked it up. Even Reflection Man, which I wear the most by far, is still at about 75% after a year. Being a one (occasionally two) spray wearer for such strong scents as these, they do have a habit of lasting forever!

    I've been thinking of just picking up maybe 10ml worth in the form of official samples. That would last me a looong time. But.. damnit, I want the bottle!
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    I`m very curious about these two. Hoping that someone offer decants of it in the decant sites...

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    Looks like Parfums Raffy now has the Memoir duo. With the Basenotes plus discount, that's a good price. (Ok, still obscenely expensive, but hey, every little discount helps!)
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