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Epic Woman (2009)
by Amouage


Epic Woman information

Year of Launch2009
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 132 votes)

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PerfumerCecile Zarokian
PerfumerDaniel Maurel
PerfumerAngeline Leporini

About Epic Woman

Epic Woman is a feminine perfume by Amouage. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Angeline Leporini, Daniel Maurel and Cecile Zarokian

Epic Woman fragrance notes

Reviews of Epic Woman

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Whilst there are clearly some bay leaves and cinnamon in the top notes, the prominent force is a strong and quite bright and spicy cumin note that is very nice.

The drydown is very much a floral affair, with rose and jasmine being evident. Both are not very vivid, and a geranium that is added later is not much more convincing. A faint black tea note with very limited smokiness is present briefly, before it is overwhelmed by an incense note the will define the rest of the development of this creation.

This frankincense, which pushes to the side all the other components in the base, is a rich, somewhat smoky, beau fully textures and ceremonious incense note, not unlike the incense used in temples in Kyushu, reminding me of this Houses Interlude for men, and in a similar impressive fashion it lasts for a very long time. In spite of the incense’s nigh-monopolizing power, there is still some development evident at the periphery. Apart from an pleasant orris making a mark, there is an ambery dark musk - a bit generic on me - as well as wood notes: guaiac, sandal and whiffs of cedarwood. Towards the end a somewhat restrained vanilla adds a bit of sweetness in the background. Nevertheless, the incense rules until the last sniff.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and a stupendous longevity of fourteen hours on my skin.

A good wintery scent in which the opening shows some originality, and in which the base is characterised by the hallmark frankincense, but with some of the notes being less convincing. Still, overall this is a good fragrance. 3.5/5.
22nd December, 2019
Kaern Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Apart from Honour I reckon all Amouage fragrances are unisex and Epic rams that theory home and for me is much nicer to wear than the masculine version.

Spicy fruit dipped in brine with a hefty dose of frankincense in the base, topped with double cream. I was of a mind to actually eat it. Sounds a little claustrophobic but is surprisingly 'airy'.

30th July, 2018
iobhai Show all reviews
United States
You're in Egypt on one of the hottest days of the year, near the desert, standing around in some tall grass that seems to only help you boil under the sun. You're part of your brother's wedding party and you're getting ready to pose for some wedding photos, taking a smoke break. You're reminded of how his bride is obsessed with roses when the florist arrives and starts unpacking them. She hands the rose boutonnieres to you so you can pin them to your suits and she hands the rose bouquets to the bridesmaids, who begin smelling them and breathing in their chilled freshness, hoping it will help them cool down in the heat. Once you're all situated, the photos begin, and you all do your poses for the photographer, trying to stay as still as possible. In that stillness, you notice that there's no breeze, just the heat of the desert, the steaming grass, your uncomfortable sweaty suits, the light cigarette smoke lingering in the air above them, the roses perspiring on them.. but you also notice the sweetness convecting off of the bridesmaids, and you smile. Epic Woman by Amouage.
25th February, 2018
This could be worn both by men and women. It opens with a bitter line and then sweetens (without getting sweet) to an "oh so special" amber. Very good! Best amouage I smelled so far.

Edit: I smell rose after amber. What a surprise! Totally different fragrance after a couple of hours.

The other fragrance I know and could be compared as similar to it is Rajasthan by Etro.
22nd August, 2017 (last edited: 17th January, 2018)
Anybody here remember Opal Fruits? The tagline was: “Made to make your mouth water” – and sure enough whenever an ad for those tangy, sherbet-y little suckers came on TV, my mouth would begin pumping out saliva. Like Pavlov’s dog.

Well, I just have to glance at my dark green bottle of Amouage Epic Woman for my mouth to start to water. Like pickles, umeboshi, and sourpatch gummies, there is an almost physical pleasure to be had in a wincingly tart flavor. It is a credit to Amouage that Epic Woman contains so many piquant green notes and still manages to be so inviting. It smells like something pickled in brine! And yet sweet!

Every part of Epic Woman is as satisfying to me as a good meal – the lip-smacking savor of kimchi leading into a meaty, smoked rose and finally a few spoonfuls of thin crème anglaise, just enough to sweeten the tongue.

Many people say that Epic Woman belongs to the same oriental woody perfume family as Chanel’s Bois des Iles, Molinard Habanita, and even Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles. But I always get the feeling that putting those perfumes in the same sentence as something like Epic Woman is like saying tomatoes = strawberries because they are both fruits. Needless to say, Epic Woman is neither a tomato nor a strawberry. Clearly, it’s a salted plum.

I’m always trying to figure out where Epic Woman fits in the general scheme of things. No doubt about it, it is an oriental perfume. However, it lacks the plush sweetness and creamy roundness of most other orientals. After much thought, I’ve come to realize that the head space it occupies (for me, at least) is the same as for Tom Ford’s Plum Japonais and YSL’s vintage Nu EDP – smoky incense perfumes with a phenomenally sour streak of flavor running through them that prickle the saliva glands. In case you haven’t picked up on my feeling about this sourness – it’s good! I love it actually. It’s the tart streak in these perfumes that stops them from melting into the characterless vanilla-amber-sandalwood sludge that sometimes plagues the category.

Epic Woman balances the hot and the sour and the sweet as masterfully as a delicate Chinese dish – the heat from the black pepper and cinnamon, the green pickling spices (caraway), and the soft-but-oh-so-vinegary oud are the major players here. But there is also a diffuse sweetness, coming off the pink rose that blooms behind the sour opening notes and what feels like a mixture of powdered cinnamon and vanilla. I can’t say that I smell black tea, but maybe I’m just not picking out the tea tannins when placed up against a smoky guaic wood, incense, and other woody notes.

The vanilla in the base is extremely subtle – a thimbleful of creme anglaise rather than an ice-cream sundae – and spiked with just enough sugar added to round out the sourness of the oud wood. The sourness and the delicate spices surrounding the rose persist all through the perfume, though, and keep me smacking my lips.

In short, this is a perfume to be savored like a good Chinese sweet and sour dish, or the snap of a cold dill pickle straight from the jar when you’re starving. It is a wholly appetizing perfume – almost gourmand in the pleasure it affords me.
16th September, 2015
Genre: Woody Oriental

Notes: Cumin, pink bay, cinnamon, damask rose, jasmine, geranium, tea, amber, musk, frankincense, oudh, guaiac wood, vanilla, iris.

Epic Woman’s lush spiced mandarin rind top notes gain depth and provocative warmth from a judicious application of animalic cumin. Within a few seconds vanilli, amber, rose, and a very delicate frankincense join the spice and citrus to complete a traditionally sweet, dense oriental heart. Amouage makes much of Epic Woman’s tea note in its marketing, but don’t purchase Epic Woman expecting the smoky black tea of Tea for Two or the refreshing green tea of Bulgari. What tea I can perceive here is swamped in citrus rind and spices in the manner of Bigelow’s “Constant Comment.”

While the bay, frankincense, and a hint of oudh in the background reflect current fashion, Epic Woman’s fundamental style, weight, and scale recall the opulence of Shalimar, Habanita, Bois des Îles, and more recently, Bal à Versailles. Epic Woman also bows to contemporary tastes in eschewing most of the aldehydes and powdery notes that leave the aforementioned classics smelling dated to some noses. In some respects - its exotic woody base notes and decidedly boozy and persistent fruit accord - it aligns itself with the “modern” woody oriental aesthetic pioneered by Pierre Bourdon in Féminité du Bois and Dolce Vita, but Epic Woman feels heavier and more elaborately decorated than either. I attribute some of that comparative mass and opacity to an iris note that wraps Epic Woman’s oriental core in a plush velvet blanket. (Just as in Chanel’s Bois des Îles.)

Epic Woman is far less overtly floral than Gold, Dia, Ubar, or Lyric. Indeed, it may be the least obviously floral feminine scent from Amouage to date. While Epic Woman shares rose, frankincense, plummy fruit notes, and oudh with Lyric Woman, its rose does not dominate to the degree that Lyric’s does. In fact, so seamlessly blended is Epic that no single note cries out for attention. Instead, the composition reads as an integral, homogenous olfactory mass.

That’s not to say that Epic Woman fails do develop over time. Over the course of hours the balance shifts slowly from spices to woods. While the amber and vanilla remain relatively fixed, cumin and cinnamon give way to the increasingly conspicuous frankincense and oudh. While neither weak nor short-lived, Epic Woman is less likely to overpower than Lyric or Ubar, never mind Gold. Judiciously applied, it seems to me the most appropriate for daily professional wear of Amouage’s scents for women (excepting perhaps Reflection). In its favoring of spice and woods over floral notes, it may also appeal to the adventurous man who seeks a complex, spicy oriental fragrance.
13th June, 2014

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