Sunshine Man took by far the most time to get to know each other. Normally, especially when it comes to perfumes, I take the liberty of making a quick judgment. Here it has a whole filling of 5ml used - which corresponds with the Sillage and durability approximately to an equivalent of 50ml of a Cologne. Thanks at this point to Fab83 for the bottling. Sunshine is definitely a fragrance that must be intensively tested. I can still remember very clearly my first encounter in my trunk perfumery. I just found the scent there exuberantly sweet, intense and opaque. As with so many Amouage fragrances, it seems to me, it is due to their complexity that you have to hold your nose to them from time to time. Since I am an absolutely convinced fan of Bracken Man, who, like Sunshine, belongs to Amouage's "The Midnight Flower Collection", I decided to try Sunshine regularly and spray it on myself. I wanted to expose myself, so to speak, to this fragrance in order to see whether it proved itself and showed other facets. So it manages to convince me.
There's one thing you should definitely consider: Sunshine is present. Really, every time I had Sunshine on, someone would talk to me. To be fair, you have to say positive throughout. But as soon as you put a sprayer on it, no matter where on the body, it is perceived. The alcoholic effect of the "lavender-orange-whatever-always-note" can be seen throughout. I write something like this in a distorted way, because I absolutely like lavender and somehow I could not understand that so many perfumes here smell or are said to smell lavender intensively. If I compare it with Caron's absolutely fantastic fragrance "Caron pour un Homme", one discovers a similarity, but this is more to do with vanilla. The vanilla of Sunshine gives the fragrance a slightly smoky (tonka bean?), synthetic but sweet-powdery note that remains constantly present. That's what I'm talking about now. Absolutely positive. The longer I tested the fragrance, the better I found the composition, because you always smell a slightly different side of the fragrance. Many also speak of an alcoholic or tipsy orange. I myself perceive a fresh, citrus-like note that is somewhat menthol-alcoholic. I guess it's the bergamot and juniper berry that's supposed to be in there. But I have to confess that I don't smell anything at all (anyone who knows gin or drinks juniper might be able to confirm that). In any case, this note makes the fragrance a little more versatile. But with all my versatility, I must confess: Classic fragrance? Nothing. I get the impression there are two stages. First a warm-up with a huge load of sweetness, vanilla icing sugar poured over one and then simply after about 10-15 minutes a never-ending exposure of sweet alcohol and sugared orange slices - very strongly sugared orange slices. You notice I struggle with myself to describe the scent. He clearly reads worse than he is. But it might make it clear why it took me an incredibly long time to like it.
Please test. I can only advise everyone: Sunshine Man is a fragrance, you have to give it time. One sample won't do. Get yourself a bottle, use it several times. It's been three months since I got my bottling. In the meantime, I have come to the conclusion that I find it very good in itself. Still, I'm not gonna buy a bottle. For me it is not really a Fougère, especially since the lavender influence is a little too small for me. Especially when I compare it with Bracken Man it becomes clear that the fragrances are absolutely different from the overall impression. Other notes tend to dominate Sunshine Man. Nevertheless a really great fragrance and if you get a bottling, you are definitely supplied for a long time! 5ml have kept with me three months. With a 100ml bottle that would be then....oh. ;)