Gold Man (1983)

Gold Man by Amouage
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Gold Man is a perfume by Amouage for men and was released in 1983. The scent is floral-animal. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Guy Robert

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesDog rose, Lily-of-the-valley, Frankincense
Heart Notes Heart NotesOrris root, Jasmine, Myrrh
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Civet

Ratings

Scent

7.5 (220 Ratings)

Longevity

9.2 (179 Ratings)

Sillage

8.7 (171 Ratings)

Bottle

8.6 (169 Ratings)
Submitted by Sani, last update on 23.08.2018
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Reviews

Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 6.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
2
Gold by name but not by nature
On me, Amouage Gold for Men just doesn't work - at all.

It smells like one thing on my chest, another on my arm where it totally falls apart, something else on cotton wool in a jar, different on my cardigan.
I was expecting something exceedingly rich, opulent, unctuous, radiant, but overall was left wanting. On my skin it comes across as lower quality, less inovative, just less than perfumes such as Aromatics Elixer, Mon Parfum Cheri Par Camille, Nuit de Noel, to name a few (of mine).

I think the nearest I can get to what people who love this perfume smell is on a ball of cotton wool placed in a jar in a warm spot near the heater. Then it smells a little like Caleche, more like Amouage Gold for Women. Less bright than Caleche with less sparkle, more powdery, denser in the musks, less projection. Having used up my sample of Gold for Women so going only by memory Gold for men is less floral, a bit sour, denser in the musks which are cloying in comparison.

On my chest Gold for Men is a dirty, lemony, super sour, jasmine. Really awful on my skin its development is a complete shocker and not in the least like I expected from my tester strip.

Five or six hours after application, my forearm skin smells beautiful with a dry, woody, oakmoss earthiness. Rather like the far dry down of Aromatics Elixir although somewhat tamer and this phase lasts only for an hour or so.

Two or three separate smells take it in turns to waft to my nose. First I pick up a fruity lemon, a little shampoo in feel, a little sour, a little off like a toilet block cleaner. Then there is a heavy vanilla mixed with jasmine and rose which reminds me of Teint de Neige but not so powdery and a bit dirty, a bit vanilla and floral beeswax furniture polish. My cardigan has a slight smoke to it, a bit resinous. There seems to be a whole menagerie of musks.

Something about it keeps bringing to mind suntan lotion and it reminds me of back stage at body building competitions where the air hangs heavy with a myriad of suntan oils, hair products, makeup, perfume, fake tan, and hard work.

On my forearm this is one of the worst behaved perfumes I have ever tried as it totally falls apart and won't give an overall impression; it's like moving from room to room with a different room spray in each - most disconcerting.

I am going to save the remainder of my sample so that I can see whether it performs better for me in the hot summer sun. I have other perfumes that only work for me in the heat so I am interested to see if this one will join that motley crew.

Formula available from 2016.
Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Very helpful Review    4
Amouage Gold Man
The Omani perfume company Amouage had been on my radar for quite some time before I managed to pluck up enough courage to order a batch of samples of some of their fragrances. Having tested about a dozen of them, I can now see that ignoring this firm for so long was an act of utter foolishness. I must admit most of them are right up my alley: memorable, statement-making scents, composed of only top-notch ingredients. The first one I’m going to review is Amouage’s ur-masculine perfume, Gold Man.

From the very first spray, Gold Man took me by surprise- and a very pleasant one at that. It opens with a burst of floral notes, the most detectable one of which to my nose is lily-of-the-valley. Nevertheless, the fragrance remains floral only for a minute or so on my skin until soapy notes emerge. I remember that when sampling Gold Man for the first time, I had to check I was not actually testing its female counterpart since such a straightforward floral-soapy accord can rarely be found in masculine scents. It quite literally made my heart beat a tad faster! The soap-and-flower accord usually lingers on my skin for about half an hour. After that, it undergoes a gradual transformation with the arrival of musk and civet, thanks to which the fragrance adopts a more animalic character in the base. Yet the soapy notes never totally yield to the musk and civet, and thus prevent the scent from becoming too animalic.

I just couldn’t help falling in love with Amouage’s Gold Man! There are so many things about it that make my nose and heart rejoice whenever I put it on: its genderbending composition, superb blending of its notes as well as its effortless elegance. Despite not being a scent for all occasions, if the right one comes along, take my word for it: wear it, but be prepared to leave a few broken hearts in your wake. Exquisite!
Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Helpful Review    6
Scent of the harem
I re-visited Gold PH today.
My first try was a failure and I did not like it, I wonder why.
Today I found one of the most luxurious perfumes I ever tested. As good as Bogue's Maai. Or even better. An amazing dry down.
Is it for men?
Is it for me?
This is the scent of a harem.
So, I just can dream.
Bottle 2.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 5.0/10
4
Or just gold-plated...
If this is how a gold man should smell according to Amouage, I don't even dare to imagine how their take on a gold woman will be... Don't fool yourselves, this is Russia's secret weapon. If you ever wondered why good old Vladimir Putin is so successful in having his way with everyone, here's your answer. It's not Russian tanks or planes or missiles or submarines or whatever that force everyone into submission. It's an unstoppable compulsion to run away from him as soon as possible, even if that means that you will have to give him your house and your family as part of the deal. Who could last more than ten minutes sitting next to someone doused in it, especially when this someone can allegedly kill you with his bare hands as well, if his perfume fails to do so? It could also be the secret behind Vladimir's otherwise inexplainable rise to power. Being a former KGB member, he'd surely had some ways to lay hands on some bottles, during an era when perfumes were not exactly in abundance there, especially perfumes THAT expensive. Oh, and its name is all about subtlety and low profile. Two traits that are unequivocally known to be Vladimir's middle names. What was that? Oh yes, how does it smell... Well, it smells like myrrh and insense, mixed and burned to glorify Vladimir's grandeur, while he's trying to blow off some (testosterone scented) steam, by hunting civet cats during a state visit in Vietnam. So, depending on whether you like Putin and his Russia or not, you should either request that Amouage Gold Man becomes a centerpiece in Russia's flag, or banished from the face of Earth forever. There's no middle-of-the-road way with it...
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 6.0/10
2
Good, But Difficult To Wear...
Gold is very floral with rose and lily of the valley notes to start, and then stays floral throughout all the way to the dry-down (which adds a nice helping of musk) I guess I have not noticed the civet note like others, as the scent only has a slight animalic smell to my nose. Gold is tremendously potent (and I mean POTENT), with super projection and sillage as well. Unlike some, I can indeed see someone pull this off as I do believe this is wearable from a male perspective. That said, it takes a *very* confident man, and probably most will feel a tad uncomfortable wearing this (myself sadly included). Nice effort, just limited audience appeal. 3 out of 5 stars.
jtd
Greatly helpful Review    6
Powdery Animalic
I had no notion until I smelled Gold Men that I'd formed an image (fantasy) in my mind of what the old-school animalic floral/orientals of the early 20th century were. On smelling Gold Men, I realized that I did, and that this was it.

Sensational, huge powdery animalic fragrance. Now I understand why these old perfumes were both powdery and animalic. If you do it right, it's brilliant.

As spectacular a ride as the top and heartnotes of this perfume are, the drydown is one of the best I've smelled. It's there, softer and quieter than the topnotes, but it remains fully-fleshed and complete. The drydown isn't just a ghost of the heartnotes.

Gold Men is powerful and distinctive. Not for shrinking violets, not for somebody who doesn't want to be identified for his scent. Certainly not for someone who wants to read as contemporary in a pop or trendy sense. Gold Men is more a leader than a follower in this respect. It is one of a very few fragrances that I could wear forever and be utterly happy.

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DorothyGrace 20 months ago
Gold on cotton wool in a bowl 11 days going strong, smells lovely. If it smelt like this on my skin it would be worth its price to me.+2
Bottle 5.0
Sillage 6.0
Longevity 9.0
Scent 9.0

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