Monday Quick Sniffs, part 61

How is this even possible that it’s been 2 months since my special yuzu edition of MQS? Is it just me or do you also have an impression that in the times of Covid the time flies even faster than usual?

Amouage introduced Interlude Man in 2012 and it was a challenging perfume due to heavily accentuated notes of oregano and pimento. 8 years later Interlude Man Black Iris is born. It’s the first flanker in the long history of the brand and also one of the first (if not first) launch after a major shuffle within the brand’s structures. This perfume starts with an oily & zesty bergamot note accompanied by herbaceous & aromatic rosemary. After a moment a crisp dewiness of violet leaf emerges. Instead of oregano there’s orris – deep and rooty, silky-cold and elegant. It’s warmed up by generously dosed frankincense that is followed by ambery tones. Going further there is labdanum and myrrh that give Interlude Man Black Iris its resiny vibe. A hint of vanilla (which smells like a bourbon) adds a bit of sweetness to this dark fragrance. Base is a mixture of hefty woody notes such as sandalwood and cedarwood, combined with leather and oud. In general it feels like a more streamlined, more wearable version of its predecessor.

For any perfume writer the number of reviews dedicated to a specific brand is probably the best measuring scale to determine if they like the fragrances from this house or not. Considering the fact that I have never written about Xerjoff before – so that’s a clear signal for you, no? Apollonia, named as a tribute to a successful lunar landing of Apollo 11 in 1969, its composition starts with an abstract white blossoms accord. Abstract because there’s not a single floral note that would dominate it. It’s like a mass of flowers among which you can’t tell which is jasmine, tuberose or an orange flower. There’s a lot of airy creaminess to it with a pollen-like sweetness. Gradually the density of the perfume changes and the focus goes towards the orris butter. In this perfume it is viscous, blending the fatty aspect of iris with its waxy tones. When you smell it you get an impression of reserve, of restraint. It’s kind of like a statuesque persona, like someone who feels they are better because they’re rich. But it is a pretty iris note nonetheless. The perfume dries down to an abundance of white musk in variety of forms – there’s a bit of cotton candy effect, a bit of something like a meringue and a tad of something plush & fluffy. On my skin Apollonia is not very complex, it’s rather linear and lacks something that sparks interest. At this price point I can easily pass, even if the bottle is covered with moon dust…

I liked the initial releases from Altaia (an offspring brand from the owners of Eau d’Italie) but the fragrances that joined their portfolio later were not really my cup of tea. Just like Purple Land from 2018. The fragrance starts with a prominent note of grapefruit that feels juicy but also bears the sweaty undertone that does not contribute to a pleasant experience. It subsides after some time, making room for exotic fruitiness of guava and papaya. Both give the perfume a strong fruity vibe that feels summery, mouth-watering and quite fleshy. Over time the floral aspect of the scent rises up, with lily of the valley taking a lead role in it. Muguet gives Purple Land a watery, gently floral feel that is reminiscent of a morning dew. Frangipani on the other hand makes the flowery phase more lactonic & creamy. The base is warmed up by ambrox molecule – combined with the other notes of this perfume it smells quite similar to popular sun tan lotions. Lush tropical flowers over the warm base, like a sun-kissed skin. Everything is finished by air-whipped, creamy musks. These notes seem a bit odd for one scent, but on general thought it’s not a bad perfume. None of these 3 Quick Sniffs are bad.

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14 thoughts on “Monday Quick Sniffs, part 61

  1. Jillie says:

    Yes, I agree that time is flying by even faster now! We are halfway through September already.

    Thank you for the quick sniffs. It’s always good to read your descriptions even if I am not drawn to the fragrances.

    • lucasai says:

      Yes, already a third week of September.

      I like the MQS, although I do much less of then nowadays. Still I’m happy I could save your time on seeking fragrances that probably wouldn’t be good for you.

  2. Undina says:

    I was so curious about Interlude Man Black Iris that I almost bought a sample. But then I realized that it was a flanker not to the perfume I liked (I thought of Journey initially). So, I decided to wait until it finds its way to me with another purchase or swap.

    Xerjoff I’ll try when I try it: most of their perfumes do not work for me anyway, so I’m not extremely interested.

    Atalia… Nah, I wasn’t a fan of the original brand either, so unless it just lands on my lap, your review is as far as it’ll go – so, thanks for the information! 🙂

    • lucasai says:

      You can have my sample of Amouage if you want. Or will you get it in a more local way?

      I know there’s at least one Xerjoff you like and have. You will probably try Apollonia at some point. Did you like Irisss?

      I know you don’t like Eau d’Italie so what you said didn’t surprise me.

      • Undina says:

        I liked Irisss a lot, I’m just not prepared to pay Xerjoff’s price for it. I’m not saying it’s not worth it, but it’s too expensive for me since I have many other great irises in my collection.

        Thank you for the offer, Lucas. Unless you find a better use for the sample, please keep it for a while. But if you decide to swap it for something else you want to try, then do it.

  3. rickyrebarco says:

    I do like some of the Xerjoffs. Appolonia was already on my list of scents that I would like to sample. It sounds somewhat similar to Xerjoff’s Dama Bianca, which also has a mass of unidentifiable white florals as its main focus. But, Dama Bianca has more vanilla and a lot of musk. I think I would like Appolonia better.
    My favorite Xerjoff is Irisss, divine!!! Now if I just had the 700 Euros to buy it. LOL.

  4. hajusuuri says:

    It sounds like Amouage Interlude Black Iris is worth a sniff as is the Xerjoff. I have avoided Xerjoff as much as I can as the pricing is supremely aspirational for perhaps not an equivalent level of specialness 🤷🏻‍♀️. I will happily skip Purplr Land; every time the word sweaty appears in a review, my skin crawls 😱!

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