There are perfumes I’d love to own, if only I wasn’t a fumie.
What I mean is that some perfumes deserve to become part of a person, deserve to stand alone, be admired and most importantly, be used day after day to become a signature.
Amytis Parfum Fin by French luxury niche label Nabucco is such a perfume. Luxurious, exclusive, hard to find, expensive, unusual and interesting, Amytis surely deserves a review, but it also deserves a wearer worthy of her.
Sadly, I don’t think I qualify…
Amytis celebrates the memory of the wife of the king Nebuchadnezzar II to whom he dedicated the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, part of the seven wonders of the world of antiquity.
Notes include almond, coriander, heliotrope, vanilla, jasmine, honey, patchouli, violet, blonde woods, musk, amber and praliné. The perfumer’s identity is not revealed.
Amytis is an oil-based perfume in extrait concentration. It is applied with a golden applicator (yes, real 24K gold-plated, I told you it was luxurious). Like all oil-based perfumes it has lower sillage and wears closer to the body than alcohol-based scents, but it lasts for the entire day.
The application alone feels terribly luxurious and sophisticated. It is almost an anointment, the ritual of application is very important here. It is certainly not a spritz and go thing. Applying Amytis needs time, respect and love for what you are doing and you are rewarded with the feeling of having done something special, of being part of age-old rites and not least of all – you smell divine.
But all external trappings aside, what does the juice smell like? That’s what is most important after all, and Amytis does not disappoint.
Amytis opens with a warm spicy accord, then almond and heliotrope provide the idea of a soft, grey haze slowly receding to unveil a gorgeous woody vanilla with ambery hints and soft floral edges teetering on the edge of gourmand, but never falling over.
Amytis is a very warm and comforting perfume, not made for summer, it needs the cool air and warm skin to shine. It is refined and elegant, never overbearing, but present throughout the day.
The oil feels very good on the skin, caring and like a warming veil (one more reason to avoid it in summer, I think it would feel a bit much in hot temperatures).
I put up a lot of resistance to like Amytis, for all the usual reasons – expensive, hard to find, a bit gimmicky… but I can’t help but say that is is a very beautiful perfume indeed. (Many thanks to the kind reader who generously sent me a sample from her own bottle!)
As I said in the beginning, Amytis is a Queen and she deserves to be worn with respect, worn often, worn exclusively. I will never be the person to do that, but Amytis makes me wish I was.
Which is pretty much the greatest compliment a perfume can receive.