Love and The Carpet – Review: Amouage Epic Woman

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 🙂

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30 Responses to Love and The Carpet – Review: Amouage Epic Woman

  1. Tarleisio says:

    I feel a bit like Van Helsing in “Dracula”, although in this case, I’m making the sign of the perfumista muttering “Vade retro, Amouage!”

    It’s all your fault, of course, B! You said the magic word…incense. Darn it. And nowhere I can try it for myself in the country…partly because I’m afraid to, or my pocketbook is! 😉

    But surely I can afford one tiny, microscopic sample? I’m not too sure. What if I fall in love like you did? What if I die if I don’t try it? What if that lovely bottle of Epic WOman, or Ubar, say, has my name on it?

    What if? :-O

    • Olfactoria says:

      Yes, what if?
      You will go down just like I did, my dear Tarleisio, I dare to predict 😉 Some perfumes are worth it, though. Should I have the good fortune to ever own a bottle, I will send you a decant asap. But maybe, just maybe you will cave first 😉

      • Tarleisio says:

        Do you know, I probably will – cave in and send off for a sample – or two. Strictly for intellectual and review purposes, you understand. One must be open-minded. I shall freeze my Visa in an ice block, gird my nose and prepare myself for the onslaught.

        And hope I don’t fall in love! 😉

  2. Victoria says:

    Once Amouage got under a new creative direction, its fragrances have improved. If you have not smelled Reflection, then keep away!
    Epic Woman is fantastic, and I completely agree with everything you said about it. It is deep, rich, and the incense note is so appealing. I also like incense in Lyric Woman, another must try.

  3. deeHowe says:

    Epic and Lyric were part of one of my first sample orders from Luckyscent, and I felt much as you did… the trepidation that I’d fall head over heels in love, be completely and utterly smitten… but I wasn’t (thank the gods). I prefer Lyric to Epic, and really like them both for their quality and their beauty, but they have not displaced Bois des Iles as my “saving up for this/begging for birthday” fragrance 🙂

    I suspect that if I were to pull out my samples today (a little more than a year later) I might better appreciate them… but I think I’ll wait until after that Chanel arrives! 🙂

    • Tara says:

      Aah my beloved Bois des Iles. Can you believe I have 200ml of the EDT but I still desperately want the parfum? Good job Amouage doesn’t do anything for me at least. I thought I was in trouble with Memoir but turned out to be powdery aniseed on me. Hurrah!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I hope your Bois des Iles arrives soon, you deserve it 🙂

  4. angie Cox says:

    Your Bois D’Encens is on it’s way . Have you ever seen the 12x 2ml sample box of Amouage ? I keep them in my handbag and love the men’s versions as much as the female. They cost about £30.00s here .I was actually glad that Ubar and Epic made me queasy !! Gold and Lyric will always be my first loves .

  5. Marina says:

    Har Har. You’ve been Amouaged. 🙂 Now you have to try the rest of them.

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  11. Caro says:

    Birgit, I tried Epic today for the first time and I’m utterly smitten.
    It could be serious competition to Lyric…probably not as beautiful but easier to wear.
    Now I need a bottle :S

    • Olfactoria says:

      I know how you feel! I find myself wearing Epic way more often than Lyric, it seems more fitting for everyday and it lasts the entire day. My first Amouage and my most important one… 🙂

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  17. Ah… I had a sample from about one year ago, and forgot about it. Till yesterday, when I was looking in my closet for some sample, to try something new and interesting.
    Well…. since yesterday 6. a.m. I keep saying, like convincing myself: G! You have rent to pay, you have fuel to put in your car, electricity, water, food to buy…. Forget about Epic!… Say it once again: G ! you have….
    I still hope to be strong enough not to be “Amouaged” 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Maybe a decant might be a good compromise? A little Amouage goes a very long way, so you might not ever need a full bottle…
      Epic is undeniably beautiful.

  18. Simonalisa says:

    I just bought this exquisite perfume. Oh did i fall in love. I am sure form the second he sprayed it on me i was spellbound! Great review you spoke my thinking.. What a find. I paid the price but i feel for my first ever purfume purchase that it will last me a lifetime in memories.

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