I actually really love the effect, because it is relatively short lived on me (seems to appear only from the 10-30 minute mark, and most often only lasts rather perceptibly for maybe 5 minutes).
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
I know that for me, this was the one that sent me down the path to niche. I am a novice, but prior to smelling this, I did not know that something like this could exist. I would check the forums wondering why my John Varvatos didn't last very long. When I finally smelled Memoir there was a resounding 'OHHHH'. Spiritual or otherwise, one does quite a bit of research prior to spending that much for a bottle of perfume. As I said before, it was the beautiful description by SOS in the original few posts that helped me to realize that I was not entirely crazy for wanting to do so... and, you know, it smells creamy...
It is interesting to me though, how many people seem to have identified Epic and Memoir as sort of brother and sister scents. I was initially torn between the two as well and ultimately purchased the bottle of Memoir because it was smoother and a little bit more of an every day wear. I then bought 15ml worth of Epic because I had to have it on hand for special occasions.
Does anyone else pick up a similarity between the two scents? I'm not saying that the final products smell alike - I'm just curious if anyone else would agree that the creamy/inky facet is shared between the two scents.
I don't know Eau des Merveilles, but I tried Givenchy Insense the other day, and couldn't believe how much it reminded me of Memoir Man.
And thanks for this thread--it inspired me to pick up a bottle.
After reading what SculptureOfSoul wrote, I just realised that it was the skunky, burnt rubber note in Memoir Man.
I loved the opening, but the drydown is primarily iso-e super, which I didn't like. It makes the base seem cheap and one dimensional, and basically ruined the frag for me. This could have been great, but the perfumer cut corners and made a cheap synthetic base for a frag that is not cheap and really deserves better.
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I sprayed this onto a piece of paper, and then Escentric's Molecule 01 onto another piece of paper and followed their progression over the course of a few days. There's definitely a lot more still going on in the base of Memoir than *just* iso e (there's still a smoky element, some guiac, a creamy musk, a vetiver note (the same vetiver that sames to be paired w/ ies in Encre Noire) and a vanilla/chocolate note), but there's enough iso e there for it to be recognizable. I don't think it's fair to say that it's primarily ies, but for those sensitive to or those who just have an aversion to ies, yes, the base will be a disappointment.
I too wish that the ies was reduced a bit in the fragrance. It's still overall my favorite fragrance, but I don't know how much I can wear it if it continues to cause me discomfort .
I just came back from the Amouage store, count me in as somebody who is torn between Memoir and Epic man. I've got samples of both which I'm going to test over the next few days, but boy it's going to be a tough one! My initial instinctive reaction led me to prefer Epic, since it packed a wallop and continued to steam along strong showboating its complexity and "amouageness" whilst Memoir seemed to trail off and seem subtle and elusive rather abruptly. Go figure I get home and give my left hand a liberal spray of Memoir and now it's coming into perspective, I'm really starting to like it a lot more now, very curious to see how it develops.
I find Memoir much more complex than Epic.
Kurt smells like Teen Spirit
Memoir Man has a bit more of a story to tell, I think. After the stroll thru the woods as the light fades you are confronted with smouldering embers in a fireplace - the dark frankincense that emerges after the amazing greenery is wonderfully austere, one of the best IMO.
Personally I find Epic Woman more interesting than Man - a lot of the same Silk Road story herbal and medicinal facets but a bit more flora in evidence, without the relentless linearity.
They're all good - tough choice, huh?
+1 for Memoir. (and another +1 for preferring Epic's feminine blend to the masculine one).
Depending on what you do, you might have trouble wearing Epic Man frequently - it really is a fog horn and most of the comments I get when I wear it pertain to its strength (with a mere 2 sprays) more than its beauty. I bought it a full year prior to Memoir yet have hardly managed to put a dent in that green bottle. Memoir is incredibly versatile. Cool in the summer, warming in the winter.
Memoir Man never ceases to impress.
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Just got back from the Amouage store, I ended up getting Memoir over Epic. I didn't even bother sampling anything else again, I didn't want any doubt!
I was gonna say perhaps consider holding off for a few days as Interlude is being released real soon, but I don't think you'll regret adding Memoir to your arsenal.
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If you enjoy Memoir I'd get it, as I don't think Interlude is a replacement as such. Well, they do have a few commonalities, but overall I'd say Interlude is simpler and definitely less introspective and 'brooding' as Memoir can sometimes be. Interlude is probably even more versatile than Memoir though - or at least I think most would feel that way.
Just tried the MM. I was thinking perhaps similarities with Guerlain's Sous Le Vent. Anyone?
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