Beloved couldn’t have come to my mailbox courtesy of the wonderful Christopher Chong, at a more opportune moment. I was deeply in love with another perfume at the time, I had been wearing it non-stop for four unprecedented days in a row – another big, abstract floral, another quintessentially French perfume, Chanel N°5. So, already in a floral state of mind, Beloved was just what I needed to be reassured that something as beautiful and special as N°5 was still being made today.
Beloved was created by Bernard Ellena and includes notes of jasmine, rose, clary sage, clove bud, chamomile, cardamom, ylang-ylang, violet, everlasting flower, cistus, benzoin, olibanum, patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, castoreum, civet, leather, musk, vanilla, maltol and amber.
Beloved opens like a symphony orchestra – that is still tuning their instruments. But that tuning phase lasts a mere minute and then quickly, the conductor arrives and the opulent opening accords of a grand romantic symphony can be heard (smelled of course, but bear with me and my musical analogy).
The full orchestra is playing, a massive body of strings carrying the melody, the brass instruments coming on strong and the timbal is there too. Now and again an oboe solo (rose) weaves its way out, the clarinet (jasmine) joining in for a sweet duet, but mostly it is the full complement of musicians joining together in a magnificent symphonic piece of art.
The bass group is gaining prominence over time. The violins and flutes playing softer now, receding and fading, but only after a few hours, while the celli and bassoons carry on the melody and the trombones and tubas provide a steady background thrum.
Robert Schumann‘s Symphony No. 3 “Die Rheinische” in E flat major, Op. 97 seems to be an appropriate musical comparison, in its grand scope, its full romantic orchestration, not always comfortable flow and its ever changing moods are dramatic and emotional, but always beautiful and above all joyful.
Beloved is a big perfume, and despite the previous comments about its grandeur and drama, it is not hard to wear, actually I find Beloved particularly easy to wear, with a lovely, but not intrusive sillage and excellent lasting power (Do you know an Amouage that is gone in two hours? I don’t, and this one is no exception.)
Beloved is a wonderful perfume, it tells its story differently to everyone as the different reviews coming out here and there suggest, but all the reviewers agree on the fact that Beloved is a beautiful addition to the impeccably edited Amouage line. My only gripe is its limited availability and ambitious price.
That aside, I have fallen for my dearly Beloved and reveling in its enveloping, symphonic beauty, I feel the same inner movement like when I hear Herbert von Karajan gracefully conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.
Amouage Beloved is available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum. It is sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, Tsum and Amouage boutiques.