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Gold Man (1983)
by Amouage


Gold Man information

Year of Launch1983
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 338 votes)

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PerfumerGuy Robert

About Gold Man

Gold Man is a masculine fragrance by Amouage. The scent was launched in 1983 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Guy Robert

Gold Man fragrance notes

Reviews of Gold Man

TLDR: Excellent (4.6/5). Powerful, indolic, animalic and not for the timid.

Guy Robert approached his assignment to create the first Amouage men's fragrance by throwing the "how to make a successful mid-1970s to mid-1980s fragrance" handbook right out the window.

Those who remember his original 1976 Gucci Pour Homme will know that M. Robert knew how to work within the rules for men's scents of the day (if occasionally pushing close to the edges of those rules). So what he chose to do with Good Man is remarkable. "Hey," you can almost imagine him saying, "let's use Chanel No. 5 as the inspiration for our opening.". Bold move. So why not continue with a rose, jasmine powdery middle and accent it with an incense note? The basenotes are animalic ambergris and civet with some dirty patchouli and a bit of sandalwood included to smooth things out. It is all somewhat remarkable.

This fragrance may have been typical of the fragrances found in the Middle East in the early 1980s, but I doubt it. I suspect that this scent pushed limits at that time. It still does today.

But for me, it all works very, very well. I'm comfortable with fragrances that have elements traditionally associated with feminine fragrances, particularly when they progress to a complex, animalic dry down the way Gold Man does.

I find this scent similar to Guerlain's Jicky, especially in the basenotes, albeit with incredibly long-lasting and stronger projection. This stuff is truly "beastly" and needs to be applied the way Good love affairs are conducted: with discretion and respect for those closest to you (to paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill). A little goes a very, very
l-o-n-g way.

Like all Amouage products, the presentation is well done, the atomizer is very good and the ingredients and blending are, at least to my nose, superior.

This one will not appeal to most folks. But folks who find it appealing will love it, I suspect. Sample this one first. It is something very special. because it is not universally loved, you can find it for heavily discounted prices if you search around a bit. Thumbs up.
12th April, 2021
Amouage Gold for man is one of the few white florals that is decidedly "male" as opposed to Carnal Flower which I consider absolutely "female".
So much has already been said about AG, so I'll just confirm its good performance in terms of durability and projection which are really great.
It is an extremely refined and classy perfume that for a long time maintains a marked animalic note that not everyone could appreciate.

I recommend a try before buying.
13th January, 2021
A very challenging scent that needs a LOT of time and patience to understand and enjoy.

It is very period correct for 1983, and as such many of today's noses will not know what to do with it.

Opening is powdery floral of the highest order, borderline stinks. Then it starts to morph into various presentations of Victorian era auras, finally settling down to an animalic incense and musk ala civet and patch.

Not for the faint of heart!
30th September, 2019
Amouage Gold Man (1983) is the first masculine fragrance from the house formed by the rulling house of Oman. Before Western creative direction was hired to oversee the catalog, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said handed control to Prince Sayyid Hamad bin Hamoud al bu Said upon the house's creation, who then hired famed perfumer Guy Robert to make a his/hers pair that saw launch the same year. The idea was to capture Middle East style with Western perfume methods and the results are staggering. Since then, Amouage have branched out into a smear of scents both Western and Middle Eastern in tone, but nothing so starkly raw as this. Gold Man reminds me that concepts of gender fashion in the world can be rightly upended from one region to the next, and most men in the West would not be caught dead wearing the style Gold Man exhibits, which is essentially an aldehydic floral with a very animalic chypre base. Only diehard animalic fans or guys who genderbend with their perfume tastes will appreciate Gold Man outside Amouage home terf.

The opening of Gold Man is every bit like Chanel No. 5 (1921) or Jean Patou Joy (1930), but with the aldehydes toned down so an almost sour bergamot, muguet and olibanum note surfaces. Not for the weak, Gold Man exhibits a bordello bedsheet aroma for the first 30 minutes as a heart of indolic jasmine, rose and myrrh comes into the picture. Orris, sandalwood, and patchouli try their best to clean up the act but that base of oakmoss, ambergris, musk, labdanum, and skanky civet simply won't let it. Gold Man does calm down into a rather fussy powdery smell suitable to dandies who love their white florals, but the animalic tones never fully subside. The only thing really marking Gold Man as masculine to Western noses are the animalics, but they're so far out of fashion to mainstream noses that Gold Man will remain a extra-niche option among an already niche catalog. Wear time is over 10 hours and sillage is surprisingly moderate, but this stuff just glows on skin. Fans of the old Moustache by Rochas (1949) in its extra-civety Concentrée form will love Gold Man, along with vintage guys fond of the long-dead Monsieur Lanvin (1964), but if stuff like Tom Ford Noir (2012) feels too scary to wear, Gold Man will be a veritable nightmare.

Recommended use is pretty much where you want because this is going to make waves anywhere it is worn. Amouage Silver/Silver Cristal (1998) would be a refinement of this idea into something more friendly, and Silver Cologne (2002) a further continuation in that direction, but it wasn't until the 2000's that Amouage really found its step with the Western luxury crowd. The original crystal flacon presentation of Gold Man will be the most rakish and virile, while the relaunched version in the standard rectangular Amouage bottle will have synthetic civetone delivering a slightly drier and soapier take on this debut masculine from the house. Definitely test before diving in on this one, as Gold Man is a blind buy only for the lovers of old chypre fragrances and the powdery dandy styles of antiquity, where smelling "clean" is not necessarily a prerequisite to smelling good. This is definitely my thing so I'm giving it a very biased thumbs up.
20th May, 2019
Musky, soapy, floral, like taking a bath in the clawfoot tub at my grandmother’s cottage in the seventies. Well done but I wouldn’t wear it.
03rd January, 2019
Got this with a travel sample set as a present from the wife. Got around to trying this on and am glad I don’t have a full bottle to get rid of.

Too many floral notes in the top and middle make this far too feminine for me. It comes across like having washed thoroughly in an old fashioned soap conjuring more of a hygiene, somewhat camp vibe rather than images of opulence.

The previous reviews describing smelling like an old lady are quite apt at best a unisex fragrance, but not one where I would attach the word Man to the name. However, perhaps this one is just too sophisticated for my palate.
01st January, 2019

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