Very helpful Review 11/04/20137.5 7.5 7.0
Extremely Polished and Distinctive, But Something Still Is Missing...Fate Woman opens with a very ephemeral splash of light bergamot supporting a stronger rose-led floral melange. As the composition enters its early heart the rose-led florals remain in full force, as gentle hints of underlying cinnamon spice and frankincense add additional richness, with significant amber-like rock rose (labdanum) adding depth. During the late dry-down the composition turns bitter-sweet and slightly powdery as the amber-laced florals recede and vanilla from the base emerges as late star, balanced by supporting benzoin. Projection is good and longevity outstanding at about 15 hours on skin.
Fate Woman is one of those compositions that is difficult to outright dislike. It marks a significant departure from Amouage's other offerings with a more classical structure, while subtle ties to the house (and its counterpart Fate Man) pop in and out through most of its development. During the fragrance middle, the amber-like rock rose gives the rose-led florals richness and body while adding just a touch of sweetness and underlying powder. Even the base is composed extremely well as the starring vanilla is balanced by supporting benzoin to create a dichotomy of countering the inherent sweetness of the starring vanilla with a bit of the earthiness from the resinous benzoin. All this polish makes for quite the accomplished composition by perfumer Dorothee Piot, but somehow still comes off as somewhat detached. The bottom line is the $375 per 100ml bottle Fate Woman is a well-composed, distinctive composition from Amouage that will please most but somehow still doesn't quite click with this reviewer, earning a very good 3.5 stars out of 5.