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  1. #61

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    Quote Originally Posted by flouris View Post
    Is this out yet? I haven't seen it turn up on Aedes yet, hoping to order a sample through them..
    Seems to be a staggered release - HK was June 26th. with Kuala Lumpur, Dubai over the last week or so and I imagine it will be showing up in various Amouage stores / counters as we speak. I'm enjoying it a lot, look forward to seeing how you guys find it.

  2. #62

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    Thank you amouage..just tested interlude woman today..i am always a fan of amouage. when i first sprayed it on my wrist, just like anton ego in ratatouille...i was whisk away to 1978..teardrops drip from the corner of my eyes. I am homesick and miss my mother.I am not an expert. but the smell of the first spritz..reminded me of a morning ritual whenever my parents bring me to a bazaar to alter my trousers. The smell reminded me of chaotic oriental bazaar in the far east early in the morning of people bustling doing their works.The smell arises from incense from each shop at each lot praying for abundance of sales and shops that sells necklace flower (jasmine, etc ) that form a cornucopia of refreshing and arousing smells.I remember back then , while waiting for the trouser to be ready my father would order his coffee and pour some of it inside the saucers for me to sip whilst eating prata bread with curry, while i enjoy the smells of it. I once asked my father why they have not created a talcum powder with the exact smells , my father just laughed. We when back to get the trousers and headed home , i am sitting on my mother lap , i can smell her talcum powder that is like the notes that interlude conjure after a few hours...it does bring back memories to me and i can gladly told my father now..well dad they didn't make talcum powder but they make a perfume...

    that is how i felt..when testing it..
    Wonderful story. Almost sounds like this could be Chris Chong's motivation for these last several smoky/powdery/spicy perfumes.

    I selfishly want him to have a midlife crisis and create a youth scent.
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  3. #63

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    Sorry for not responding sooner. Life has been crazy as I frantically search for a new place to live, just got into a car accident (someone made a right turn from a left turn only lane), and some other negative things. Some know of the trials I've had in the last year and it seems like they just won't relent.

    Anyhow, I really wanted to do a long and proper write up for both scents as I feel they deserve it, but I have just been unable to bring myself to sit down and actually write such a review. I will say this, I really like both scents. The men's is primarily a smooth spicy/woody with a drydown of myrrh (sweet myrrh, or opoponax) agar smoke, light amber and a smooth sandalwood along with a lingering allspice accord which is the spine of the scent. The late drydown shares some similarities with Epic Man, although it is a bit sweeter, softer, and less overtly masculine (although still quite masculine).

    The opening is an awesome blend of smooth citrus, sweet allspice, and savory oregano. The oregano only lasts a few hours, and is never in the forefront of the scent, but it does add a wonderful savory quality and herbal dimension. I also get a fennel/anise like note in the opening. The scent is smooth throughout - smooth and full bodied, and this seems to be something that perfumer Pierre Negrin excels at, as it is also evidenced in his other scent for Amouage, the wonderful Opus VI. There are similarities in structure between both scents - a brief citrus opening, a singular ingredient that runs from head to toe as the spine of the scent, and a supporting cast of notes that are deftly integrated and part of a full-bodied accord that sheds layers slowly and seamlessly.

    For the opening, try to imagine a niche/Amouage-take on a scent like D&G The One Gentleman (similarities being some citrus, fennel, a spice present early on - in The One Gentleman it's cardamom and w/ Interlude it's the allspice). Now imagine that niche-ifed version of The One Gentleman cross with Epic Man, and a few hints of Tribute, too. That is Interlude Man.

    Woman has some structural similarities but texturally and with regard to weight and density, feels like a whole different scent. I shared some thoughts via PM with the person who sent me the samples, and I think I'll just copy and paste those thoughts here as I think they better capture that scent than anything I could write right now in my current mind-state.

    "I'll be sharing thoughts on the scents on the forum after I investigate them more fully. As of now, I must say initial impressions are very very good. I think your assessment was spot on, and I can't help but pick up on the jelly bean vibe now that I've read your words, but as you said, it really is "in a good way." Maybe it's just me but the smoke/sandalwood/patchouli accord calls to mind Tribute - a toned down Tribute but still Tribute. In fact, the smoke accord in Woman also calls to mind Tribute, although in Woman it is toned down even further.

    I tested both on paper and actually decided to wear Woman first - have it on as I type this - as I was spellbound by it on paper. It seems so... colorful. Prismatic, even. With regards to color I get a lot of oranges, reds, purples, nuances of yellow, green, black and ochre. There is one oddity in the opening I can't pin down, that kind of milky/clean note that you aptly said is pear like. I do read pear from it, but also get some nuances of green apple and almost a milky fig quality. That note persists for quite some time but is cleverly woven into the opoponax note that surfaces in the early heart. These make for a really interesting contrast to the spice/wood/florals that continue. I'm wondering if this is in part from the marigold note. That is one natural essence I don't have experience with, but the Good Scents Company lists it as being "sweet green apple floral spice." Other sites list it as being floral, herbal, medicinal, fruity, and with citrus, honey and hay nuances.

    One thing I noticed about the two scents is that while they are noticeably different they do share a similar core structure, which I'd describe as spice + smoke + smooth sandalwood. With man it is mostly allspice and some oregano (in the early opening I do pick up a fennel note quite clearly, even though it is unlisted), and with woman it's mostly ginger (as far as the spice part goes, I also get a fairly persistent grapefruit and of course a beautiful floral melange). Ah, and they both feature a smooth leather note that is part of that accord (and Tribute's, too, if I recall correctly).

    Ah, the heart of Woman is such a beautiful thing. The opoponax/ginger/sandalwood/smoke accord is so beautiful, warm, balmy and smooth, and the lingering citrus combines so beautifully with this floral melange, which smelled strongly of rose absolute early on, and then shifted and showcased a wonderful orange blossom note and now a semi-grapey jasmine that is supported by the grape/wine-like nuances of the opoponax note. I think there's a hint of castoreum too that not only contributes to the leather note later on, but earlier on adds its smooth darkness and a hint of tar to complement the smoke and agar.

    The scent feels extremely natural. Man does, too. No obvious abuse of iso e super or any of the other 'cheap smelling' synthetics here. I think both of these are a step up from the Honour duo, which wowed me initially but later left me less than enthused (well, I do still like Honour Woman quite a bit).

    Anyhow, I'm rambling. It's just that the experience of Interlude Woman, particularly, could not have come at a better time as I've been looking for a very colorful, prismatic scent that still has depth and is not overtly synthetic - which seemed like an exceptionally tall order that I'd never get filled. So far, Woman really fits the bill for what I was seeking. It's not even what I thought this scent I was dreaming of would smell like - my imagination is not good enough to have conceived of smelling this. It's always nice when reality actually exceeds your dreams!


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    And another PM reply of mine with some more thoughts on Woman (and a few on Man, too)


    "A quick thought about Woman and the mysterious pear-like note...

    I don't know what to make of the published notes for woman. Cafleurebon lists the following - Interlude Woman is a floral chypre with notes of Bergamot, Rose, Frankincense, Sandalwood Nut, Coffee, Kiwi, Honey and Agarwood. A base of Amber and Vanilla inject warmth to the fragrance’s contradicting accords. Nose is Karin Vichon Spehner of Robertet

    I asked Chris about this on his facebook page and he said...well, I'll just copy and paste as I'm not sure exactly how to read it:

    SculptureOfSoul - Hey Christopher, the Cafleurbon article lists kiwi, honey and uh "sandalwood nut" as notes present in Interlude Woman, while all the other press releases don't have these listed. Just curious if they are present? I do sometimes think I smell honey in Woman.

    Christopher Chong They are right. It's the discord. Its just plain ordinary nut. what is sandalwood nut?????

    So I don't know if those notes are actually present per se, or if they result from the discord or are secondary notes from one of the ingredients listed (for example, helichrysum oil has honey nuances, as does the marigold). Anyhow, kiwi does kind of make some sense as far as what I'm smelling. The note is quite persistent and I still smell it 3 hours after application. It's when I 'sniff around' that note that I get the nuances. If I focus on that note then the scent seems simple. It's weird because with some breaths I get a fruity floral with light spices, and with others I pick up the wood and smoke notes much more clearly and the scent smells almost decidedly masculine. I do think I would prefer if this note, whatever it is, was toned down slightly, but then again this is a first wearing and I know how deceptive they can be. Sometimes our brains/noses just fixate on something and really exaggerate its role in the overall composition on the first wearing or two.

    Anyhow, just some thoughts on the notes. Oh yeah, fragrantica also lists coffee as a note as well, and sometimes I swear I can smell coffee. I wonder if it's one of those synthetics that smells like more than one thing - as I'm thinking of Armani Attitude and its coffee/opoponax note. The kiwi/pear/guava-ish note, along with honey, also made me think of the original Anvers by Ulrich Lang which lists guava and honey as notes and has a similar note in the heart, and again has me wondering if it is one of those multifaceted synthetics that is not clearly one specific note.

    Anyhow, tomorrow I'll be wearing Man. On paper it seemed simpler to me than Woman, but that's not a bad thing. I think Memoir Man is simpler than Woman and much prefer it, for instance. I think Interlude Man is going to combine many facets of other Amouage scents I love into one unified whole - I get bits of Tribute and Epic Man in it, along with a tiny hint of Memoir, and the pimento from Reflection, etc. It shares some texture - that ultra-smooth dryness that is comforting rather than scratchy - with Opus VI, and that is what I'm loving so much about Pierre Negrin's style."
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  4. #64

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    You can see my review here:
    http://chemistinthebottle.wordpress....interlude-man/

    And here's also newly published review of Interlude Woman:
    http://chemistinthebottle.wordpress....terlude-woman/

  5. #65

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    Excellent reviews Lucasai!

    I agree that Interlude Woman is ultimately the more interesting scent, although it is also the more dissonant scent - and I can imagine many that might not like the challenge that it proves to be if you try and understand the scent. I didn't mention the honey in the heart of Woman, but it is awesome! The orange blossom note is kind of tucked into that, I find, and it makes it smell like - well, orange blossom honey (which smells almost as good as it tastes!).

    Interlude Woman is a playful, if chaotic scent, and as I said above, strikes me as being truly prismatic. I pick up so many colors and textures while wearing it - it is one of the most complex scents I've ever come across. Occasionally there are a few moments of dissonance where I think "Oh, I wish that note was not so prominent" but those moments always pass fairly quickly, and then I am astounded at the next phase of the scent.

    In all honesty, Interlude Man is much easier to wear and while chaotic in its own way, I find its simplicity more agreeable and there is never a moment in its development where I have a negative thought about it. That being said, I still prefer woman because it is more optimistic, vibrant, and intellectually stimulating. Man is definitely more.. comforting.

    They are both great scents. I think the duo is the best since perhaps the Jubilation duo. (The Honours ultimately dissapoint, even though I do like Honour Woman a lot - both of the Epics are nice but not outstanding, imo - Memoir Woman brings down the Memoir duo as it is a bit too extroverted and even a tad shrill - the Lyric duo are very good but, and I know I'm one of the few, I feel that Lyric woman brings down that duo a bit...so yeah, that brings us back to the Jubilation duo, which are both outstanding scents).
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    Got some Interlude (man) on the way, can't wait to check it out.

  7. #67

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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Excellent reviews Lucasai!

    I agree that Interlude Woman is ultimately the more interesting scent, although it is also the more dissonant scent - and I can imagine many that might not like the challenge that it proves to be if you try and understand the scent. I didn't mention the honey in the heart of Woman, but it is awesome! The orange blossom note is kind of tucked into that, I find, and it makes it smell like - well, orange blossom honey (which smells almost as good as it tastes!).

    Interlude Woman is a playful, if chaotic scent, and as I said above, strikes me as being truly prismatic. I pick up so many colors and textures while wearing it - it is one of the most complex scents I've ever come across. Occasionally there are a few moments of dissonance where I think "Oh, I wish that note was not so prominent" but those moments always pass fairly quickly, and then I am astounded at the next phase of the scent.

    In all honesty, Interlude Man is much easier to wear and while chaotic in its own way, I find its simplicity more agreeable and there is never a moment in its development where I have a negative thought about it. That being said, I still prefer woman because it is more optimistic, vibrant, and intellectually stimulating. Man is definitely more.. comforting.

    They are both great scents. I think the duo is the best since perhaps the Jubilation duo. (The Honours ultimately dissapoint, even though I do like Honour Woman a lot - both of the Epics are nice but not outstanding, imo - Memoir Woman brings down the Memoir duo as it is a bit too extroverted and even a tad shrill - the Lyric duo are very good but, and I know I'm one of the few, I feel that Lyric woman brings down that duo a bit...so yeah, that brings us back to the Jubilation duo, which are both outstanding scents).
    Thanks! Can't agree with you more. Interlude Woman is more vibrant and more challenging. It's a daring scent. Interlude Man is a little bit more reserved, but still it's a great scent, quite complex but I find the Interlude Woman more surprising. Both are great.

    My favourite Amouage is Lyric Man, Interlude stand right next to it in my ranking

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    Wonderfully informative read mr. reasonable, thank you.

  9. #69

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucasai View Post
    Thanks! Can't agree with you more. Interlude Woman is more vibrant and more challenging. It's a daring scent. Interlude Man is a little bit more reserved, but still it's a great scent, quite complex but I find the Interlude Woman more surprising. Both are great.

    My favourite Amouage is Lyric Man, Interlude stand right next to it in my ranking
    So I take it that you feel Interlude Woman is unisex enough that you feel comfortable wearing it?

    I find that on paper it stays fairly feminine, but on my skin at least, the spice/incense/wood come out enough to make it unisex. It's not overtly masculine, but I feel pretty comfortable wearing it - as long as I'm in a good and cheery mood as it kind of calls for that!
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    SculptureOfSoul and lucasai, wonderful to read your reviews and thoughts - thank you both and I hope life gets back on even keel for you soon SOS!

    I have been enjoying Interlude Man immensely and will spend more time with Interlude Woman, I really like the kiwi (I just read it as pear, still makes me think of the opening of Myrrhe et Delires, which I love) that runs throughout - great lift in this humid weather. I am fixated on Opus VI right now as I have a KL trip in a few days and will be able to pick up a bottle there (or maybe Interlude Woman - let's see).

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    Opus VI is fantastic. I see a bottle of it or Interlude Man in my future. Interlude Man is probably more "me", but there's something about the medicinal quality of the sandalwood in Opus VI that just enchants me. The floral accord in VI is amazing, too, and it is just such a well-rounded scent. Pierre Negrin + Amouage = awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    So I take it that you feel Interlude Woman is unisex enough that you feel comfortable wearing it?

    I find that on paper it stays fairly feminine, but on my skin at least, the spice/incense/wood come out enough to make it unisex. It's not overtly masculine, but I feel pretty comfortable wearing it - as long as I'm in a good and cheery mood as it kind of calls for that!
    Yup, when I was wearing it I felt pretty alright which allows me to say that I find it unisex to wear. Had no problems wearing it!

  13. #73

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    Cannot wait to try this! Anyone know where I can order a sample?? Ive looked on Ebay but nothing yet! HELP!
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    new sealed 100ml of Interlude Man sold for $189 (+$20 worldwide shipping from Hong Kong) on ebay a couple hours ago.

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    Got my samples of these today (and, no, I won't be writing any reviews any time soon - it's best to allow some time to muse over the compositions than racing to be the 'first' in the blogosphere to review them). And all I can say is that I'm a bit perplexed by them.

    Are they better than the Memoir and Honour duos? I'd say so. Are they up there with the Epic, Jubilation and Lyric duos? At the moment, I don't think so...

    The first thing that strikes me about Interlude Man is this charred smokiness (I'm assuming from the agarwood) that gently sears through the composition. It's like birch tar but more bitter or medicinal (which the opoponax could be partly responsible for). The leather becomes more prominent over time but there is a subtle ambery sweetness lurking underneath. As SOS mentioned, the creamy sandalwood is difficult to miss. It's restrained but substantial in its performance and, strangely enough, I think I currently prefer it to Interlude Woman. But the big question is, if Opus VII is supposed to be a leather scent, how will it differ from Interlude Man?

    Moving onto Interlude Woman, all I can say is that it's a strange one. If it's a chypre, it's more along the lines of a modern chypre than the classic structure that Jubilation 25 encompasses. I mainly get an exotic fruity opening that harbours a creamy nuance. The honeyed core comes and goes but I don't only smell kiwi as the solitary fruit accord - I also get that pear note, as well as traces of mango/papaya, apple and melon. I'm not getting much rose but a nuttiness lurks in the background. As it's early days, I'll stop there but my skin is emitting that exotic fruity aspect more than anything else and it's not to my tastes. We'll see if my opinion changes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aquariuz View Post
    new sealed 100ml of Interlude Man sold for $189 (+$20 worldwide shipping from Hong Kong) on ebay a couple hours ago.
    Which Ebay site were you looking at? also I said I want a sample not a full bottle, dont want to get burnt again with a blind buy!


    189 dollars is an excellent price for a full bottle though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Got my samples of these today (and, no, I won't be writing any reviews any time soon - it's best to allow some time to muse over the compositions than racing to be the 'first' in the blogosphere to review them). And all I can say is that I'm a bit perplexed by them.

    Are they better than the Memoir and Honour duos? I'd say so. Are they up there with the Epic, Jubilation and Lyric duos? At the moment, I don't think so...

    The first thing that strikes me about Interlude Man is this charred smokiness (I'm assuming from the agarwood) that gently sears through the composition. It's like birch tar but more bitter or medicinal (which the opoponax could be partly responsible for). The leather becomes more prominent over time but there is a subtle ambery sweetness lurking underneath. As SOS mentioned, the creamy sandalwood is difficult to miss. It's restrained but substantial in its performance and, strangely enough, I think I currently prefer it to Interlude Woman. But the big question is, if Opus VII is supposed to be a leather scent, how will it differ from Interlude Man?

    Moving onto Interlude Woman, all I can say is that it's a strange one. If it's a chypre, it's more along the lines of a modern chypre than the classic structure that Jubilation 25 encompasses. I mainly get an exotic fruity opening that harbours a creamy nuance. The honeyed core comes and goes but I don't only smell kiwi as the solitary fruit accord - I also get that pear note, as well as traces of mango/papaya, apple and melon. I'm not getting much rose but a nuttiness lurks in the background. As it's early days, I'll stop there but my skin is emitting that exotic fruity aspect more than anything else and it's not to my tastes. We'll see if my opinion changes...

    Where may I see your Amouage reviews Trebor? thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubBass70 View Post
    Where may I see your Amouage reviews Trebor? thanks!
    He, he... They're still in the works...

    I recently woke up to find both fragrances still evident on my skin. Interlude Woman has now lost the fruitiness that I didn't like too much, to reveal a faint chypre-like drydown. However, it's quite late into the final stages and it's literally on the verge of waning. On the other hand, Interlude Man is still going pretty strong. Yes, it's less leathery and more oriental in feel but I have to say that this may be the first men's version that is actually better than the women's.

    I think Interlude Man will be my SOTD...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    He, he... They're still in the works...

    I recently woke up to find both fragrances still evident on my skin. Interlude Woman has now lost the fruitiness that I didn't like too much, to reveal a faint chypre-like drydown. However, it's quite late into the final stages and it's literally on the verge of waning. On the other hand, Interlude Man is still going pretty strong. Yes, it's less leathery and more oriental in feel but I have to say that this may be the first men's version that is actually better than the women's.

    I think Interlude Man will be my SOTD...

    Looking forward to that, does Interlude Man remind you of any other fragrance you have tried?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubBass70 View Post
    Which Ebay site were you looking at? also I said I want a sample not a full bottle, dont want to get burnt again with a blind buy!


    189 dollars is an excellent price for a full bottle though!
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I think Interlude Man will be my SOTD...
    I bought a botltle yesterday and am also wearing it today.

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    I wouldn’t at all be surprised if some shrill bidding was involved. Take a look at the bidding details.

    SubBass70, although not 100% original, I still think it’s unique for what it is. If you love smoky or/and leathery scents, you’ll enjoy Interlude Man. Btw, I did compare it to Mona di Orio’s Cuir and, while Cuir is slightly more controversial with its opening, Interlude Man feels more three-dimensional overall.

    After wearing it for at least two hours so far, my main complaint is projection – it’s minimal but still noticeable. Although my fixation with sillage monsters has long passed, I still very much prefer catching whifts from time to… Wait a minute; I just caught a lovely 10 second balsamic waft whilst typing this. Stay tuned…

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    Christopher Chong describes interlude as " ... a reflection of all the trials and tribulations one overcomes to attain personal satisfaction and achievement." Upon smelling interlude, it becomes evident that he considers Amouage's, great achievement to be Tribute attar. For anyone who had asked "what is else out there smells like Tribute?" I can now say that there is such a fragrance. I can't call Interlude "Tribute Light", because it is not. It takes the main accord of smokey, mesmerizing frankincense, leaves out all of the harsh sharp, green notes which people did not like in Tribute, and adds a slight candied, cookie dough like aspect (among other things I can not name). The result is magnificent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Upon smelling interlude, it becomes evident that he considers Amouage's, great achievement to be Tribute attar. For anyone who had asked "what is else out there smells like Tribute?" I can now say that there is such a fragrance. I can't call Interlude "Tribute Light", because it is not. It takes the main accord of smokey, mesmerizing frankincense, leaves out all of the harsh sharp, green notes which people did not like in Tribute, and adds a slight candied, cookie dough like aspect (among other things I can not name).
    I totally agree with this but don't consider it bottle-worthy. The composition itself is excellent but it's very much a skin scent after the first 2-3 hours. Such discretion may appeal to others but I would have preferred subtle wafts, similar to Chypre Palatin, being detectable throughout the day.

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    I find parts of Memoir in Interlude Man, too (not that surprising I suppose as this is some overlap between Memoir and Tribute, too). The candy-like sweetness of Interlude definitely has some parallels with the lavender absolute & anise in Memoir. I still maintain that I get some kind of slight anise-like sweetness in Interlude, although no listed note really explains that.

    Anyhow, I really like Interlude, but I do much prefer Memoir Man. I'm not sure when I'd wear Interlude Man as if I was in the mood for something like it I'd probably reach for Memoir or Harrods Oud instead.
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    I definitely get anise in it as well! It is not a note that jumps out on me, but comes and goes through the early part of Interludes development.

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    Default Re: Amouage Interlude Man - 2012

    I sprayed myself this afternoon, and went to Costco for a food run. I kept smelling Interlude Man the entire two hours of shopping. The longer I smelled myself, the more nauseated I got. There's some weird ass accord that's just so cloying, and nauseating, I could hardly wait to get home and wash it off.

    Now on the other hand, if this funky accord floats your boat, you'll get plenty of it from IM.

    I do understand why many will enjoy it. There's less Iso E, and longevity is excellent with plenty of sillage. It just doesn't work for me, but it is one of the better EDP's from Amouage from an overall point of view.
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    I think this one is going to be a basenotes favourite. Here are my thoughts on this subject:
    -It is sweet
    -Has loads of frankincense
    -Rumored to have oud in it
    -Complex enough to keep you entertained
    -As well crafted as any Amouage
    -Has terrific projection and longevity
    -And most importantly (once again) it has a sweet note, which makes it so much more accessible to the average nose.

    This is probably one of, if not the most accessible Amouages. Of course, there is Dia man which is super smooth, but is in a different genre, and Jub XXV, which is conceptually closer to Interlude, but has dry down issues and loads of ISO E Super. Dia was a hit among among niche aficionados, and JXXV was a hit among anyone who 'just wants a fragrance that smells nice and lasts a long time'. I think that Interlude, with its strong Tribute heritage, and the sweetish gourmand aspect, has huge potential to please those who spend most of their day in thought about the compositions, concepts, notes, imagery, philosophy, heritage, etc, behind the perfume, and those that want to get the most compliments and longevity out of their fragrances.

    I think that it will be very interesting to watch how Interlude's destiny unfolds. We have, what I (perhaps mistakenly) feel is a fragrance with all the potential to become a "basenotes favourite". Whether it does or does not gain that status will be dependent on critical appraisal of users such as Alfarom and others whom the community trusts blindly. Or it may get populist "grassroots" support all on it's own. Perhaps it will just go under the radar. Who knows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    I sprayed myself this afternoon, and went to Costco for a food run. I kept smelling Interlude Man the entire two hours of shopping. The longer I smelled myself, the more nauseated I got. There's some weird ass accord that's just so cloying, and nauseating, I could hardly wait to get home and wash it off.

    Now on the other hand, if this funky accord floats your boat, you'll get plenty of it from IM.

    I really enjoy the funky first two hours.

    I'd say it's something like allspice with a birch tar-ey anisic smokiness with oregano-like spices. Makes it feel like a cross between a day at the Chinese temple and a salad bar with pizza condiments. It eventually gets taken over by the sweet amber undercurrent and a wood accord. (creamy sandalwood + an airy synthetic oud note) Like pavel mentioned above, this has far less ISO E Super than many of the previous Amouage perfume releases. Good stuff.
    Currently wearing: Aventus by Creed

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    I've worn it twice and I'm still figuring it out. I cannot yet say where this fits in the pantheon of Amouage fragrances. I do agree that it is probably more accessible to the typical fragrance wearer than Memoir or Epic or even Jubilation XXV. In some ways it seems to be a more mainstream fragrance than the others.I find it to be quite strong initially and for the first few hours. I'm a heavy sprayer and I used about 15 sprays both times I've worn it. That many sprays makes it a bit overwhelming at first, but after the first three hours or so it dries down to a much more reticent fragrance. It easily lasts all day, and although it loses a lot of strength after the initial onslaught I had no trouble detecting it late in the day. Like Trebor I have some issues with this unbalanced performance (opening vs. drydown), but in my case this was compensated for by the heavy spraying. I can see how using only a few sprays would result in an unsatisfactory drydown. I don't get the give and take, contrasting notes in the early stages that some others have described. Yes, I detect them but they don't strike me as competing or contrasting so much as working together to create an unusual accord. I don't find this accord nauseating or overly foody. It seems distinctive, well blended and balanced to me. I don't get much leather, but I do get a smokey note. I'm already becoming a bit weary of smokey notes in recent mens' fragrances and feel like running to womens' frags as sort of a sanctuary! But I don't find the smokey note in Interlude to be too strong, and it doesn't present itself in that ashen way that seems to be cropping up on some other fragrances. The drydown is probably my favorite part, and is probably the most conventional part of the fragrance. It's a creamy, slightly sweet, ambery sandalwood, very nice. I just wish it had more oomph. The weak base kind of lets down the overall experience.- - - Updated - - -I apologize for the single paragraph in my previous post. The website and text boxes are still behaving very strangely. I've tried to edit it but I still cannot get the separate paragraphs. Doing a simple reply to a message shouldn't be so painful!
    Last edited by noggs; 30th July 2012 at 05:27 AM.

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    Sounds like another quality release from Amouage. Great reviews guys, much appreciated.

    Basenotes at it's best.

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