Boundless by Amouage

Boundless 2021

27.03.2022 - 01:59 AM

Far From Boundless, But Actually Good...

Boundless opens with sweet benzoin laced subtle dulled orange and peppery cardamom spice with underlying pipe-like tobacco rising from the base before transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the tobacco remains and takes the fore, now shedding most of its sweetness and turning more dry as it is infused with a co-starring moderately synthetic smelling dry woody guaiac accord and relatively dry, smooth vanilla. During the late dry-down the tobacco vacates, as does the vast majority of the synthetic dry woods, leaving remnants of the dry vanilla as the sole focus through the finish. Projection is very good early but a skin scent for most of the perfume's slightly above average longevity of 8-9 hours on skin.

Amouage is a house that has majorly disappointed in the past decade, with the disappointments more frequent the past handful of years. As such, it was with great trepidation that I applied Boundless on skin, fully expecting another dud. Luckily for the first time in a while, Boundless impressed. In truth, there really is nothing new here, as spiced dry woody tobacco and vanilla concoctions have been done to death. That said, the perfume is skillfully composed on the whole, save the distinct evidence of a "vague synthetic woody accord" frequently found in a lot of similar perfumes, albeit much better tamed here. It just is nice to see Amouage getting past its always impressive looking bottles to actually contain some perfume I enjoy wearing, derivative or not. The bottom line is the $360 per 100ml Boundless actually is quite bounded to a perfume genre tackled all too many times, but the "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 rated perfume separates itself from the pack with superior execution, earning a solid recommendation to fans of the spiced woody tobacco genre in particular.
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