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A perfectly balanced play between light and darkness.
Yesterday came the bottling from sharing and today comes the comment.
"now there's a comment, even though he's worn the scent for a while?"
Maybe one or the other asks this question, but I can tell you that yesterday - in the context of my university home office - I dealt with the scent almost more extensively than with my university stuff. I therefore confidently claim that I can and may allow myself a comment right now.
By the way, you are reading here the comment of a person who has never smelled the "original" Interlude. So I cannot make comparisons. The description of the fragrance will therefore be completely detached from the "original" fragrance. I would like to have noted this at the beginning.
By the way, I wrote a threat in the forum in which I asked for expectations about the new "Interlude Black Iris Man". Of course I also formulated my own expectations. I'll take the liberty of quoting myself:
"As a non-specialist of the "Interlude Man", I hope for a play between light and dark in this new release from Amouage. I hope for a bright, flashing, perhaps clean iris, which plays a nice game rich in contrast with the rather darker notes, to which I count leather, incense and oud."
Now the question inevitably arises whether that expectation has been fulfilled. So let's go to the description of the fragrance!
When I spray "Interlude Black Iris Man" on my neck - the back of my hand test was completely omitted - I am initially enveloped by a dark woodsy, strongly smoky note, but this is immediately caught and tamed by a light, somewhat scratchy iris. This smoky note comes quite close to the aroma of cold ash, which is probably due to the incense, the oud and possibly the leather. So here the scent pyramid is only a formality and serves as a rough orientation. It does not say much about the actual course of the scent. By the way, I also heard rosemary for a short time, which then quickly left the field again.
The iris just mentioned, with its sparkling scratchiness, is a little reminiscent of the one in "L'Homme" by Prada, only that here it completely lacks the flowery fair-weather friendliness. The iris here is bright, but somehow also dirty, very angular and for people who can't get along with it in principle, definitely overtaxing. There is even a phase in the fragrance process in which the iris completely devours the smokiness reminiscent of ash - but only temporarily.
Over time, the iris loses its scratchiness. It becomes a little darker, is no longer so sterile and adapts to its surroundings a little. This now captivates with a more present oudnote. This is dark, very dry, but by no means faecal, animal or medical. We are simply dealing with dark wood, with the incense in the background resonating a bit. The ash association is still there, but not to the same extent as in the beginning, when the fragrance was freshly sprayed.
We have to wait about three hours for the most beautiful phase - and I think that's a bit of a shame. "Interlude Black Iris Man" then becomes really cuddly. I, the wearer, am blown away by a smoky, woody sweetness that I don't know exactly where it comes from. But I'm sure that it's the cedar wood which, together with the cistus or even the vanilla - who knows - makes the whole composition softer. The once scratchy, but now almost creamy iris underlays all this with a subtle powdery note, but despite its not too offensive approach it manages to bring a little light into this basically dark compound of scents. By the way, there's no trace of the ashtray - just by the way.
Of course "Interlude Black Iris Man" is far from being a sweet fragrance. The focus is more on a dark woodsy smokiness and is designed to be as angular as possible and thus polarizing. The subtle sweetness does not change anything about all this in principle, but it manages to round off the fragrance composition in a pleasant way. The wearer is thus presented with a highly complex scent that definitely dispels any boredom. During the course of the day you will recognize new facets, go through phases that you like more or less and generally have a fragrance on your skin whose DNA can even be classified as quite suitable for everyday use. The durability is very good, but fortunately not in the league in which even a shower is no longer a remedy. The Sillage is also not a slain one, as long as you are careful with the dosage, which should be the rule for many autumn and winter scents. The original Interlude - now here is a comparison - should be a little different.
At the end of the day it can be said that Amouage has confirmed my expectations and assumptions with this creation. We're dealing with a skilful, perfectly balanced play of light and dark, which will certainly find many friends here at parfumo. Iris lovers in particular will get their money's worth, as long as they don't have a problem with dark wood and incense. Personally, I loved to wear the fragrance, but I can't say for sure if it suits me, so I'll refrain from rating it by points for now. So let's see what the future brings.