Ciel Man 2003

Ciel Man by Amouage
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Ciel Man is a perfume by Amouage for men and was released in 2003. The scent is floral-fresh. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Oman Perfumery.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lavender, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Peach, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Frankincense, Cedar

Ratings

Scent

7.2 (140 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (107 Ratings)

Sillage

6.9 (101 Ratings)

Bottle

8.5 (109 Ratings)
Submitted by Sani, last update on 01.08.2020.
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ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    5  
Leafy heaven
One of the most unusual Amouage scents I’ve ever tried, and overall also one of the most unusual fragrances I’ve ever sniffed in general. The uncommon nature of Ciel lies to me in its very complex texture made of, say, several thin layers perfectly matching one onto another, which I would have never thought that could blend so perfectly together considering them singularly. It’s basically an amazing sharp symphony played around several nuances of green, peach and white. A lot of inspirations come into play here, from a herbal-mineral masculine fougère (Guy Laroche Horizon anyone?) to a slightly creamy-green sort of Gucci Envy for Women type of blend, connected by an old-school, extremely sophisticated Chanel-esque soapy-fruity axe of white flowers – jasmine, mostly – and peachy notes, all framed within a gentle yet very crisp “barbershop” layout of lavender, sandalwood and vetiver. Basically a sort of bizarre “feminine fougère”, so to speak, as it smells clearly rooted into the classic family of green/barbershop fougères but throwing in a bold “feminine” aura of floral and fruity-powdery notes, and most of all, a very peculiar – and again, more on the feminine side – substance: very breezy, clean, sharp, transparent, almost “crunchy” in its crisp leafiness, at once graceful and silky. I’m not that into gender categorizations but one can really see this isn’t exactly a range of “macho” features – and I fear this is why many men seem disappointed by Ciel.

So overall, something completely different from most of other Amouage offerings for men. No opulence, no somber incense-resinous sumptuosity, actually the complete opposite: Ciel Man, surely aptly named to this extent, is all played on a very clean heart palette of pastel colours which are all about floral silkiness, faint greenness, gentle fruitiness, sharp cleanliness, somehow feeling kind of “formal” and almost aseptic (oddly in a good way, a “calming” and soothing sort of asepticness). As I said there is indeed a subtle green-barbershop fougère vibe though, a sort of very discreet frame made of “mineral” herbs, light vetiver, soapy sandalwood and spices, perfectly acting as the manlier counterpart to the breezy feminine heart of Ciel. But still it’s probably more leaning towards the “floral-green-clean delicate stuff”. The drydown leaves most of the stage to the woody-spicy notes, so as time passes Ciel becomes more and more “masculine”, dry and woody, with a whiff of smoke too, still with a decided green-white mood.

The quality is more than remarkable to any extent for me, both of the creativity and of the materials, as I smell a lot of notes and nuances with an astounding clarity and richness – which is one of the things I love the most in the nicest Amouage scents, their intricate yet very clear texture, something only top-notch quality materials can allow you to build. It’s all consistent and harmonic, and yet perfectly “separate”, allowing you to dive into the composition and smell the notes with a heart-melting clarity and deepness. Overall an unusual, crisp green-azure unisex gem with some hidden darker nuances which I’d really recommend to any fragrance fan, at least for a try. Many seem to mistake it cleanliness and apparent light breeziness for dullness, while it’s actually an incredibly creative, complex and interesting blend for me (or I maybe wrong, of course). It could, and maybe should be a bit more powerful, but I appreciate its discreet yet long-lasting presence on skin.

8-8,5/10
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Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
   1  
Unique
Ciel is one of the best florals i've ever smelt. Great for summer.

Dries down to a beautiful fruity/woody smell. It works well on a woman also, so for me it's unisex.

Definetely worth it and thumbs up!

Updated January 2014
5
Scent
Drseid

753 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
   3  
Pretty Unique, But Is It Good?...
I really am having a tough time isolating the notes here, but I do get a slight briny urine note that seems to permeate the otherwise semi-fresh nature of the scent. I have to give Amouage credit for going in a unique direction here, I just question if it is a direction I or most others would want to join with them in. The scent is not bad, but difficult to wear and in my opinion way overpriced (and that is coming from someone who has purchased one of their other scents, so no high price avoidance issue here... I just call them as I see them). 2.5 stars out of 5.
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Helpful Review    4  
Floral/Pickle
I once called out Gucci Envy for its use of a “sour” floral accord. I don’t think I was wrong about Envy, but Ciel for Him has made me reconsider the possibility of a viable sour perfume. While this beauty starts with a particularly acrid orange blossom note on top of a velvety flow of incense and sandlewood, it moves in the most remarkable, smooth fashion to a spectacular pickle accord. Remarkable in fact for its smoothness. Floral incense to pickle without a seam in site? Who made this? (And please make more.)

But there is a logic to the progression. The sandlewood and frankincense can underpin just about anything as they are seemingly infinitely rich and complex. The orange blossom floats like drenched gossamer above them. This particularly-perspiring orange blossom then ties you into some piquant culinary/herb notes (cardamom, celery seed, bitter melon?) without any jarring changes. From there, it’s an easy quick-step to pickle. More like pickled fruit (mango, lime, papaya) than vegetable.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe this is just your typical white floral, pickled citrus, frankincense perfume—one of thousands.

I find Ciel for Him odd, beautiful and so smart. It has the richness of the best from Amouage, but also the who-woulda-thought? inventiveness of an Etat Libre d’Orange or Comme des Garçons perfume. But not their cheek. This inventive use of accord doesn’t have the feel of irony about it. Amouage just gave enough running space to a perfumer who discovered that sandlewood and pickle actually smell right together.

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