Material is not a mere study on Vanilla: it is Vanilla untamed and unleashed.
The opening shines under the angelic halo of Frankincense and Elemi, together rising in billows of light, their citrusy zest turning the material Vanilla Absolute into a hallowed balm.
They herald with a bright and golden hue the entrance of Benzoin melding into a cloud of Tonka Bean that covers like a shroud a tiaré-like Vanilla before its fall into a crackling pyre of dry woods.
The ambery purr of Labdanum, the cocoa-rich dampness of Patchouli and the animalic might of Oud highlight the dark side of their Queen, yet light still prevails through the honeyed-apricot flesh of a plush Osmanthus bloom steeped in a pool of White Musks ending the finale and taking Vanilla to a heavenly realm.
Amouage is the brainchild of Qaboos Bin Said, the Sultan of Oman. He gave the order to launch a perfume brand which captures, protects and preserves the centuries-old perfume traditions of Oman. Amouage means ‘wave’ in Arabic. The name was also chosen because of its uncanny resemblance to the French word for love, ‘Amour’. The flamboyant Christopher Wong, a former opera singer, is the Creative Director of Amouage. Both design and fragrances are based upon the culture of the Gulf States. Refinement and exclusiveness are top-notch priority for this brand. Furthermore, it is one of the most expensive perfume brands in the world. Amouage has also produced a gamma of bath products, scented candles, room sprays, and a collection of leatherwear which are (manually) made in Florence.