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Interlude Man (2012)
by Amouage

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Interlude Man information

Year of Launch2012
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 389 votes)

People and companies

HouseAmouage
PerfumerPierre Negrin

About Interlude Man

Interlude Man is a masculine fragrance by Amouage. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Negrin

Interlude Man fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Interlude Man

Amouage Interlude Man (2012) is one of the more popular Amouage scents for men among members of the "FragBro" sect of the online community, thanks to the hype generated by influencers on Instagram and YouTube reviewers. To be fair, it's not wholly undeserved because Interlude Man is prolific as they come among masculine takes on incense, combining dark, smokey, resinous tones with something sweet enough to keep the stuff from being gothic, unlike it's "man in black" sibling Amouage Memoir Man (2010). Pierre Negrin was tapped for this effort, and he seems to appear every now and then working for this house, so much of Amouage's olfactive consistency throughout their 2000's boom can be laid at his feet. Negrin does well here, and the notorious Amouage performance is also here in full force. The gorgeous blue bottle and gold cap is also a perk of ownership, but don't let the color fool you, this is the furthest thing from a fresh fragrance in any sense of the word.

Amouage Interlude Man opens with the odd culinary choices of oregano and allspice lifted by dry bergamot. The opoponax and olibanum in the heart are noticeable right away, merging with labdanum and amber as oddly heavy middle notes to make Interlude really thick. A bit of castoreum leather and fractionated patchouli continue this thickness, adding sweetness spurred by the amber into a sandalwood, vetiver, and synthetic agar base, completing the skin feel with a semi-scratchy woody affect that will last for a day on the body, days on unwashed clothes. Projection on this is utterly terrifying and in the heat could be oppressive. Interlude Man is surprisingly a singular blob of it's heart and base notes when dried, rather than having a sophisticated complexity like others from the house. Best used in my opinion for the bar scene or personal enjoyment because beyond that you're going to let everyone know you're looking for attention when you may not be trying to, which are pointed deducted in my perspective.

I like these kinds of heady fragrances but at the same time I don't, because I never seem to find a time when wearing them doesn't come across boorish. That said, Interlude Man is a striking artistic achievement of immeasurable density in the field of incense fragrances for men, simultaneously being darker than Memoir Man but with a touch of joviality that Memoir Man lacks in it's black hole of smoke. The "beastmode" bros are likely to love Interlude Man like they do Jubilation XXV (2007) for that alpha male dialed to 11 aesthetic it casts and again, if that's your vibe, good for you and all, but it's rarely me anymore. I'm all for a powerhouse fragrance, but I also like one that has layers to the approach, rather than an omnipresent gut punch like Interlude Man tends to be. This is a nice concept, but sometimes over doing it isn't a bold artistic statement, but rather just over doing it for the sake of being gauche. Neutral
06th July, 2020
Interlude man is a smoky resin type fragrance that reminds me of driving past a sweet smoky bonfire wafting across the road and it coming in to you're air vents.
As you'd expect from Amouage it's a long lasting juice that goes past 12 hours easily.
I bought a small decant and although i think it's nice i just can't quite pull the trigger on it for a full bottle as i know i won't reach for it that often.
But make no mistake it's a very popular frag and very good long lasting juice....a thumbs up...but not a full bottle thumbs up for me.

30th May, 2020 (last edited: 15th June, 2020)
It is just so strong. Oregano incense. Smoky, ashy, something sweet real deep inside. Its a commitment, it lasts so long, and scents everything you touch. Its more pleasant in the second half of the day. It just smells really good to me. Thumbs up. Fringe bottle worthy.
06th January, 2020
A fantastic, powerful incense from Amouage, multi-faceted with many different dimensions and accords appearing throughout its development. Interlude's opening is marked by a strong oregano note. Aromatic and fragrantly sweet, it jumps off the skin and makes itself known immediately. Meanwhile, resinous schemes and hazy incense swirls begin to brew beneath the surface. There's Interlude's dark side--a smoky concoction of ashen gray wisps over natural, resonant oud. Dusty and deep, with an intricate, labyrinthian sense of connection, Interlude's incense and resins blend in an harmonious, complex whole. It's the kind of scent you can get lost in. Following its various patterns and trails in your mind's eye, there's a meditative aspect to it, something which captures the imagination if you should let it, and in this regard it's extremely engaging. Interlude is ultimately an amiable scent however. I would not describe it as cold or bitter, as many incense fragrances often are. Instead, Interlude relies on a heavy dose of opoponax and amber to create a warm embrace, an enveloping cloud of sweet, honeyed resins which gives this fragrance its benevolent heart and in the end, provide a soothing, cheerful experience. Furthermore, the base rests on a very smooth, subtle accord of suede which provides a soft, plush cushion for all. If there is anything sinister about Interlude, it's like the gentle giant who intimidates and frightens us at first, but makes us laugh with endearing irony in the end. Don't allow the size of this one to scare you off--Interlude will warm up to you quickly and wholeheartedly if you let it. It's a fun scent to wear, sort of abstract, and something which takes you places along the way. For this reason, I don't recommend it for work or the office or even a date--it's the kind of scent to enjoy on your own time, a lazy weekend afternoon or quiet night alone. At the same time, it's a very intriguing smell, so it welcomes the right kind of company (close friends or loved ones). Interlude has excellent, ten-out-of-ten performance on all fronts. It's a bit heavy, so it might become overwhelming in hot weather, but other than that it doesn't scream any particular season at me, it's mostly a state of mind. Obviously, this gets a big thumbs up, and I even recommend it as a blind buy to the more adventurous fragonauts out there. For those who move with trepidation, it's best to sample first. Either way, be sure to try it! 9.5/10
13th August, 2019
This such a unique frag and a strong one at that.

I tested this in a shop two times before buying a full bottle and i do love this stuff. In saying that i find it very situational and definitely not versatile.

So the on the day i received my bottle i put about 2 sprays on and my partner came home from work about an 2 hours later. I kid you not as soon as she walked in the door she started choking and even in the room where i applied it she had to air it out opps! She does like it just not when shes tired from work and wants to sleep though! I have over 70 bottles and i know this one is powerful because she has mentioned a few times she can smell me in the next room. I have not had this with any other fragrance (I have other big hitters ie Aventus, Reflection Man, Pardon, Epic man, Eau Sauvage 2012, Ursa, Layton etc)

I love the sweet incense in this but the star of this for me is that Oregano note. It just lingers around and i do really enjoy it.

All in all a great release but it does lose a point for versatility and half a point because as much as this stuff is potent its not as long lasting as some would say. Although i have the magnetic cap so i believe these have been reformulated.

Bottle looks awesome also

8.5/10

30th July, 2019 (last edited: 24th August, 2019)
Sweet woody incense!
Sweet in a very masculine way (reminds me the sweetness of "flying dutchman" pipe tobacco).
Woods, leather and incense equilibrate the parfume and madeit very smooth and mature.
Performance is on top, one spray could be more than enough for an office day.
What i find surprising in most of Amouage is their behaving (to my nose at least) depending on how musch spray you put on and how longer they are on your clothes...i smell them very different during the day. Other parfums, when increasing number of sprays, increase just their strenght and sillage, Amouages seems to turn into a slightly different fragrance.
I like it very much, and i can report other men liked it, women don't like it that much unfortunately.
11th March, 2019

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