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A gentleman enjoys
I'm not so good with heavy Orientals. And maybe that's one of the reasons why I've been able to do without the creatures of the Omani Amouage fragrance smithy in Muscat so far. But a perfume from this Sultan's manufactory stuck in the back of my mind during a test two years ago, and that's Epic Man. Which now, as a pre-Christmas companion so to speak, has found its way into my home.
With 582 reviews, I actually asked myself if it was a waste of time and effort to write a number 583, but I think Epic deserves to be commented on once more. I won't go into all the ingredients again, this has already happened excessively and partly very detailed and very lovingly. Rather, I would like to give a newcomer an idea of what happens with this fragrance and also answer the question about a suitable Christmas present.
What is Epic man for a scent? Well, from the beginning he cannot (and will not) deny his Arab roots. But if in the past oriental perfumes either left me helpless or beamed me away by their opulence, this Amouage representative is a completely different caliber. Not using heavy ingredients from various sultanates, but finely woven structures that reveal a high level of craftsmanship.
However, Orientals are very often shown to their advantage very differently with different wearers, which is why I would absolutely recommend a skin test to everyone.
Contrary to my expectations (probably due to the deep green bottle), Epic doesn't start green or fresh but spicy and smoky right from the start. Often I find such a combination almost overwhelming and often smoke notes, especially when they smell of old, unventilated cigarette smoke, lead to a nausea in me. Surprisingly, and this speaks clearly for the quality here, this smoky background noise is an enormously pleasant undertone. This remains for hours and accompanies its wearer Rauf in a subtle way, always suggesting that he has fogged himself in with something of quite high quality. I can't diagnose any great changes from start to finish, frankincense and myrrh remain dominant, I find the scent even more interesting backwards because a bit of animal notes emerge.
Performance: yes, that's one of those things. I cannot understand the partly high valuations, at least not with regard to the Sillage. Where other fragrances can easily manage to take over my office for the rest of the day within an hour, nothing remains of the epic man. Nothing I find disappointing about the price point of an Amouagen. Interesting however, the durability. Cause it's on my skin for a casual eight hours plus. In this respect, it is a fragrance for connoisseurs who enjoy being enveloped in a very close scent cloud all day long.
The bottle is nicely made, a bit playful, as it is in Arab countries besides custom.
And the scent itself? A very fine, smoky and spicy fellow, who pleasantly wraps you up but doesn't annoy his surroundings. If you are looking for a superstar in terms of attention to the Sillage, you won't find much here. Dangerous as a Christmas present, because not necessarily everyone's cup of tea. For a perfume connoisseur, however, a wonderful extension of his collection.