I admire Amouage. It looks so exotic, so expensive and incredibly luxurious.
Until recently I was just fine going on admiring Amouage from afar. Which was a near perfect solution for my pocket book as well as my phantasy life, for I could imagine the most perfect scents to live in these luxurious vessels, without ever running the risk of being disappointed. I longed to try them allright, I read reviews, studied the website, cast stealthy, longing looks at them in my favorite perfume shop. But I refrained.
And then it happened. I innocently asked for an incense perfume, that I didn´t know yet. The SA thought for a bit (that is because she knows I own a bottle or two :)) and then slowly began to move in the direction of Amouage…
Noooooo! I heard myself screaming, but it must only have been in my head, because the SA started to make a sample for me as if she was unaware of my despair. I don´t want to fall in love with this line, I want to keep my distance and that would be fine. But it was too late. Of course it was. Give me a sample and I will try it. That is a rule written in stone. A rule that has only been broken once yet. (For Paris Hilton, I am sure you all understand.)
So I went home with my sample of Amouage burning a hole in my pocket. We sat down together at my desk. I lovingly placed it in front of me. Epic, what a nice name, I thought. What a scope is in that name. I anticipated to get to know a perfume of epic proportions, but secretly I thought I would feel let down. It couldn´t possibly live up to my imagination. I was ready to let go of my admiration and to move on, marking Epic as another perfume that lost its luster once reality had to take a backseat to my phantasies.
Well, you all know me by now, and it would be indeed stupid to go through all this build-up for nothing.
It is fair to say, that I did not take an immediate dislike to Epic Woman. It would also be a bit of an understatement.
I will go back to my initial approach of restraint, though. I will refrain from emotionally going overboard and will try instead to write objectively about Epic Woman. For now.
Hear me rave after the facts. Informed raving is the best kind 🙂
The official notes listed, as borrowed from Luckyscent, are: cumin, pink pepper, cinnamon, damascene rose, geranium, jasmine, tea, amber, musk, frankincense, oud, sandalwood, guaiac wood, patchouli, vanilla and orris.
Not a small list, but judging from the name as well as the certain grandeur the entire brand exudes, one would be plain wrong to expect something minimalistic.
What I find so remarkable is how well blended Epic is, it is expertly woven like a high quality Persian carpet of the finest materials. No bold streaks of color, but intricate patterns, still delicate despite all the opulence. When I smell Epic and close my eyes I see this flying carpet, I can even feel its texture, thick and soft, well rounded edges, I can sink my hand in it a little and it is warmed and held.
Epic Woman was allegedly inspired by Turandot, the Chinese Princess, whose tragic story is set to such perfect music by Puccini. Epic manages to embrace the opulence and sensuality of a classic oriental perfume, while retaining a certain delicacy and refinement, that would befit a Chinese Princess.
Epic opens up with spicy top notes of pepper, cinnamon and cumin. The last doesn´t bother me at all in this fragrance. It lends the perfume a feeling of softness and calmness, despite the tickle of pepper and the hotness of cinnamon. A warm blend of rose, tea and geranium and a smidgen of jasmine in the heart of Epic renders it feminine and round. The incense along with oud presents itself clearly, never leaving the rose´s side, though, which keeps the base lush and rose (the color!) tinged. It evolves over some time, taking me on a journey on that flying carpet it weaves.
The presence of incense is what makes Epic special for me. Rose-Oud combinations there are many, many great ones, and probably even more so-so ones. But the added incense is what makes me love Epic. That makes it worth a little rave, don´t you think?
So, let us say it together: It is goooooood!
I am still fated to admire Epic from afar. I would love a full bottle, but it will have to wait. Epic waited that long for me, it will wait a few more months.
That is what birthdays are for 🙂
Picture source: luckyscent.com, teppichversand.de, some rights reserved, thank you!