When Amouage released Beloved in 2012 (still haven’t tried it) many followers of the brand were surprised that it was released solo, since Amouage has a tendency to present their perfume in duets built of male and female fragrance of the same name. In February 2013 a male counterpart named Beloved Man was introduced by the perfume brand from Oman. Amouage Beloved Man is classified as woody oriental and was created by Alexandra Carlin under a guidance of Christopher Chong.
Amouage Beloved Man has an opening created to evoke the smell of citrus fruits. There’s probably some lemon and bergamot, the latter being definitely more dominant out of the two. Its sparkling and juicy aroma has been brought to the minimum by combining the note with the smell of woods. It’s difficult to say what kind of woodsy notes were used to create Beloved Man and there’s no official list of notes to check*. I would say it’s cedar, maybe some cypress or cashmere wood. I don’t know. What I know for sure is that woody notes shortly get a company of incense. To my surprise this note is well-behaved.
There’s nothing spiritual or churchy in this intense. It’s really transparent and pure, slightly similar to the way incense has been created in Comme des Garcons Kyoto. It’s kind of incense that is “fresh” and not dominating. It just blends with woods perfectly to create a woody-incensy concoction with a smoky vibe that is very minimal. For the moment I enjoy Amouage Beloved Man a lot.
As the time flies the perfume evolves. It slowly enters into more crispy side. Saffron reveals its presence after some time. It’s smooth and it introduces light and elegant spicy quality to the scent. It somehow reminds me of saffron from Histoires de Parfums Veni but in Amouage it’s lighter, more quiet. Spiciness of Beloved Man is suppressed by geranium. This note carries some kind of green, crispy aroma. In the drydown it turns out that Beloved Man is quite musky with a floral mix to it. It’s hard to pick any certain kind of flowers. Everything is well blended and complex.
Amouage Beloved Man is different from other fragrances released by Amouage so far. This brand is known for creating perfume that are strong and their sillage is quite intensive. Those who thought Beloved Man will allow you to dive into it’s fumes were wrong. This perfume is not going to fulfill your hopes. It has an incredibly good lasting power but it’s sillage is smaller. The perfume is noticeable from 0,5 meter but after few hours it only hovers close to the skin. Beloved Man is more intimate. It’s elegant, sophisticated and sexy – a smell that is meant to be noticed only by your beloved woman.
Amouage Beloved Man is available in 100 ml eau de parfum. It’s a special edition fragrances that will be sold only in few places all over the world. Special fragrance requires a special price. This one costs $425! As much as I enjoy the scent I’d rather buy three other bottles for this amount of money.
* – Now Smell This has brought the news that notes are: orange, grapefruit, elemi, geranium, jasmine, iris, saffron, cedarwood, lignum vitae, leather, patchouli, vetiver and musk.