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Founded over a quarter of a century ago, the international luxury fragrance house of Amouage is globally renowned for its highly sought-after, long-lasting and innovative fragrances that pay tribute to the art of fine fragrance making. <br><br>Amouage Bracken Woman honors the Summer of Love, and any Flower Children who spend their sunlit days seeking out all of nature’s pleasures. This latest addition to the Midnight Flower Collection is a young and ethereal green scent, that’s as hopeful as fresh blooms stretching their stems into the warm, soft cloth of a new day. It begins with a tender green fern accord shading a grove of ripe red berries, and ends with smoky birch and leather draped in gentle, gauzy white flowers. Bracken Woman is a perfume with its own illusory inner magic – a faerie tale just waiting for the new Queen of Spring to wear it and live happily ever after.
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2.8 out of 5
I want to like it
And the rest of the fragrances by Amouage but I’ve tried three and not one works with my skincare. After about 20 minutes on my skin, this one smelled like my grandmother’s dryer sheets. It smells much nicer when sprayed on a paper test strip. I really want these deep, intense scents to work for me but they just don’t.
I love it
Too strong/ mature scent
This scent smells awful. would wear not wear. Not flattering at all especially for younger woman not ideal.
This perfume had a very strong spicy scent that reminded me of a grandmothers perfume. I prefer a softer more floral scent. Sorry just not for me!
Not for the faint of heart!
I adore this fragrance. It’s spicy but clean, with a very distinct dark berry note, without smelling sweet. The patchouli, “flower child” notes really shine but I wouldn’t say it comes across as herbal. I’ve worn it almost every day since I’ve received my sample. It’s borderline weird...but it keeps you coming back. It’s strong but not offensive. It’s fresh but not mild. It’s a beautifully balanced, unique, and a little vintage in all the right ways!
Bracken for Women
This fragrance is very strong and unique. It's heavy on the herbal, mossy, green notes. Chamomile is fairly prominent as is the fern. Patchouli comes through but not overbearing. However, there is an underlying note I cannot quite identify which reminds me of school-paste or plastic. It is not entirely unpleasant but it is rather strong. I do not completely hate this but it would not be something I'd spend money on for a full bottle, especially since this fragrance is very expensive. This is my first order from ScentBird and I can't wait to try my next fragrance on the list.
Patchouli patchouli patchouli
This was so Patchouli forward. I dont mind a little patchouli but this was so strong that it gave me a headache.
Good but not Great
I like it, it is earthy and not too strong but strong enought. However i like a little sweeter and musky of a smell.
This scent was not really as described.
With the notes that were put in the description on the webpage, i was expecting something sultry and deep, but not like i walked into a head shop circa. 1978. I smelled alot of patchouli when i put this on and hoped that this would disappear over time, but it seemed to be main note, as everyone asked me if i was wearing straight oil. I got a little amber and bergamot hints once in a awhile, but honestly could only wear this for 3-4 hours before my head hurt too much.
did not care for it
did not care for the rose smell
Just did not like it
this reminds me of someone from my past and i love it it kinda Bri gs them back to me. i love it
Exactly Like the Description
This one is very interesting, and smells exactly like the description to me. It literally smells like a tree, sprinkled with a little bit of sugar water lol I watched a lot of Youtube reviews before receiving this one, so I was prepared for the "uniqueness" and was excited to try such a different fragrance. Honestly, I initially smelled it and thought "oh no I made a mistake." But I left it on my arm and my boyfriend, of all people, ended up liking it! (Keep in mind, he loves overly sweet scents overly fruity feminine scents on me) He said this was "alright" and "not bad", which is a lot more than I was expecting lol I agree with him though, it's not your typical scent you find at the department store and you have to have a trained/refined nose to appreciate this one. It's very fresh, I would wear this in the spring and summer. Because its a bit bold for me, I would layer it with a floral or citrus scent to give my fragrances an expensive, niche smelling edge ;)
A walk through a damp forest
Lovely fresh greens and berries, not overwhelming.
outside my wheelhouse, but lovely
i never reach for green scents, but this one was calling to me for some reason. i'm glad i tried it! the fern + berries blended well and conjured up an image of lounging in a damp forest after a rainstorm. i will say that some note (the patchouli?) was very strong if i sniffed too close to my skin, but the scent overall was not too strong for me.
I love it
It definitely needs time to develop on the skin, but once it does, it’s so nice! It’s spicy and I love that about it.
Not for the faint of heart
I am honestly just now getting into fragrances and figured I'd give this a try. I knew in my mind it would be strong and unique but when I got it in my hand, it was even more then that. It is a very strong perfume. It doesn't smell bad persay, but resembles the scent of a smoke shop or incense store. Deep earthy tones with the slightest hint of sweetness. That's just what I smell when sprayed onto a card/piece of paper. I did not apply this to my skin because the strong scent instantly gave me a headache. I wish it was a little more subtle because then I think it would be OK but as is, I see it as more along the lines of a man's cologne as far as strength goes. It would probably be good for someone who loves strong earthy tones.
I hate this I don’t want it
I hate this
When I sprayed it on it smelled like a scent for an older person. But as it sits the scent changed and smells so good! I love it. I wish it lasted longer than it does though. But it still smells great!
Has a faint peanut butter note that is to die for unusual but smells great . You will definitely stand out
Ferns and Berries
The Amouage website calls Bracken Woman a "green floral", which it definitely delivers on. Fern opens up to create this fresh herbal fragrance -- it makes me think of freshly crushed stems. Eventually, the berries start to come through more...before changing again to a more floral scent with the lily coming out. I really love this 'fume, and it changes in such an interesting way as I'm wearing it. I could see myself wearing this to the office or just casually. It also seems great for all seasons.
Not for me
This one was too strong for me it’s not bad it’s just a very strong smell and a little goes a very long way, it just wasn’t for me.
This scent smells like flowers for hours!
Rich but not overwhelming, subtle spice
Musky, beautiful, like a cologne.
I really like this ferocious fragrance. Very Strong, Very Green, Very Strong and Very Strong. A dish of fresh Patchouli clippings w hint a berries- strong like rugged cowboy leather in a pleasant way.
The smell is too strong
I had pretty much given up on new school Amouage, and then along came Bracken Woman. I know it’s not for everyone, but some perfumes just aren’t. Bracken Woman is a throwback to the great green chypres of the late 60s and early 70s—uncompromising perfumes for independent women who didn’t want or need to wear perfume to please anyone except themselves; it was pretty much the first time in history when women bought their own perfumes instead of receiving them as gifts from lovers, boyfriends, or husbands. These perfumes also reflected the late 60s/early 70s hippie sensibility: they smelled like cut green grass, crushed herbs, and patchouli, usually with a touch of lily of the valley—a nod to classic Ivory soap. They didn’t say “come hither” so much as “I’m busy, but maybe I’ll call you.” It was a style that suited both power suits and boho chic, and I’m glad it’s making a comeback. Bracken Woman has a slightly more strident profile than most of its ancestress (Givenchy III. Chanel No. 19, and even Diorella); the only perfume it really reminds me of is the gloriously funky Weil de Weil, which has become so expensive in vintage form that you might as well splash out for the Amouage. Amouage’s take has a much spicier and more untamed patchouli, which suits its bright greens (including a fern accord that smells more like galbanum to me). It’s a scent of the great outdoors brought inside, and it’s perfect for the modern boho revival in contemporary fashion that just will not quit. Bracken Woman might seem out of step with today’s pale, light, fresh, musky perfume trends, but Amouage has never been about crowd pleasers: their perfumes are more like the ne plus ultra, the One ______ (Aldehydic, Fruity Chypre, Rose, Incense. Grand Floral, Tuberose, etc) to Rule Them All, and I think they achieved that here. This house usually swings for the fences, and it seemed like they kind of gave up for a while. I hope Bracken Woman is a return to form for them; and even if it’s too much for lots of people, I think it’s part of a larger revival of fresh green scents that everyone can wear, like ELdO’s You Or Someone Like You (a great favorite here on Scentbird, which you should try if you haven’t already), a lighter take on the style with a beautiful crushed mint/florist shop profile that’s perfect for warm weather or anytime you need a pick-me-up. Bracken Woman is definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you want something distinctive and versatile (it’s equally great for the office or date night, especially if you don’t overspray), it is worth a try. If you don’t like your sample, send it to me ;). Five stars. I think my review explains why.
Very strong scent
Really strong scent. A little overwhelming.
A cut above, lingers
If you are not so into bling on the streets or labels, then you're classy enough to wear this scent - although you'd never use the term, "classy." Bracken Woman is wildly overstated yet still elegant. It's what you wear shopping downtown with the girls or to the Rainbow Room. You don't wear this with a monochrome velour track suit because you would never wear a track suit. This would go with your timeless pearls, it matches everything ranging from daytime to night. I've read comments saying it's "earthy" and I think that's the patchouli mixed with vetiver, fern and narcissus. Those are what linger and remain after the top notes of chamomile, berry and lily settle down. it does pack a punch but it's addicting and stays on your mind.
From stink to smelling good
This TOTALLY stinks for the first few minutes THEN it goes to this pleasant light smell....I don't know about y'all but I'm not willing to stink before smelling good!!! EPIC fail in my book!!!!
True to nature
I picked this perfume because one of the writers over on Fragrantica listed it as one of the best perfumes with green notes. I have to say, I'm really impressed with it all around-- it begins with a strong fern and moss green profile, followed pretty quickly by the emergence of a rich berry note. Later on, a very delicate wood arrives, and that's how this eventually dries down. I'll say that it's definitely niche, especially since it lacks sweetness, so I'm not surprised that it's controversial among Scentbird users, who are pretty mainstream in their tastes. But for those of us who like unusual scents, this i sa good one!
strong & wild
Once I figured out to wear this I enjoyed it, however I think it is quite an occasional use frag and more for cooler weather.
the herbal screech in the opening and mid or this perfume keeps me revisiting my arm to ponder how it makes me feel . though i cant say for sure why i am drawn to it i just am i enjoy every moment of allowing Bracken Woman to wear me .
This is such a fresh beautiful scent. It's a fruity scent herbaceous blend with all of the sweetness removed. It dies down into this lovely soft leather skin scent and lasts for hours! It's super unique and I highly recommend it for those who are not afraid to be themselves despite what others think.
This has been the only misfire in a long string of aromatic discoveries during my Scentbird subscription. This scent was the most awful, nauseating thing I've ever sniffed. Maybe it works on some people, but definitely not for me. It smelled like a dead animal. It showed me that my perfume personality will never be on the woodsy side, and unfortunately has made me un-curious about trying Amouage's other scents.
i really didn't like this scent it was really weird not my favorite sorry
I don't know what happened to amouage!
If I was nice I would say that it smells like toilet spray, but I is much worst. I spray it on the little card board that is joined with the description and my entire house smell like this awful indescribable smell. between a very bad toilet spray and a zombie juice. Definitely dated but not in the good way, nauseous and overpowering. It is the second time I'm very disappointed with Amouage, but god knows how much I loved that brand. Epic is my favorite perfume EVER, jubilation even if it is strong is delightful, etc...but this! MAMMA MIA! UNWEARABLE!, I don't feel any notes of red fruits or anything else than the weird moldy moss.
Not For Me
It's definitely strong and long-lasting, but too bitter and sharp for me. I have a difficult time leather notes and green notes. I don't know why I keep trying.
Another Disappointment From One of My Favorite Houses
Bracken Woman doesn't smell outright atrocious to me like some of their other recent offerings, but it's definitely not up there with the drop-dead beauties that made me fall in love with the house of Amouage. (Memoir, Lyric, Honour, Sunshine, and Interlude just to name a few that I love.) Bracken is sharp and rather green, as it's a fougere (fern) fragrance, which explains also why it's also so masculine to my nose. Fern is quite common in men's fragrances so it's no wonder that this reminds me of upscale men's toiletries, or fine French milled soap. What I picture is a young fancy lad all freshly showered and shaved, decked out in his tennis whites, and wearing grown up aftershave. He's ready for fun and frolic with his fellow fancy lad pals at the tennis club! While I don't find this unpleasant, it's just a tad over the line into aftershave country for me to think of it as unisex or remotely feminine.
Strange and glorious in its strangeness
This is like nothing I have ever smelt! It’s green, it’s lush, it’s the dark undergrowth of a forest in spring, bursting with possibilities and dangers. The fern is exceptional—-almost dank, sour, teasing, it makes all those sweet “spring” scents smell like pale ghosts of the real thing. The berry notes sweeten it a little but not enough to make this a comfortable scent. It reminds me of John Galsworthy’s description of spring’s wild scent, unusual and unfamiliar from The Forsyte Saga: “And now and again, as the amorous perfume of chestnut flowers and of fern was drifted too near, one would say to the other: “My dear! What a peculiar scent!” The rich patchouli deepens the fern and softens its edge. It is strange and wonderful, very strong and I think it’s enchanting!
Way to strong!
Terrible! This is the worst perfume I have ever smelled.
Natural and unusual
The first time I wore this scent, I loved it. The top notes are fresh and green, reminiscent of the naturalness of Diptyque's Philosykos. The drydown is sort of funky, but didn't bother me. The second time I wore it, I sprayed with a heavier hand, and that was a mistake. This perfume lasts all day, and the damp quality of the drydown lingered on my sleeves until it became overwhelming. Approach this one carefully.
Not for the novice perfume wearer
Wow, this perfume is definitely in the league of "strong, mature" perfumes. If you love strong, complex, changing, and sophisticated perfumes this may be the perfume for you. Hard to describe but this feels like something a woman wearing a power suit and black pumps from the 1980s would wear: think Signorny Weaver from "Working Girl". There are definitely some playful notes in here; I think I smell either tulips or daffodils but this gets smacked over the head with a deeply agressive patchouli and a more tepid vetiver. There is also a lot of spice in here but it is a patchouli bomb to me. Overall, I'm happy i have this bottle BUT it is definitely not an "every day" office or weekend scent. Its not easy. This is a perfume you wear to the opera or the theatre. It is pretty unique but I probably wouldn't buy again.
One thing you can always count on from Amouage is silage. This one was a real scrubber for me unfortunately. The pictorial notes listed for this one do not correlate with the scent. I expected something floral and what it truly is is a heavy patchouli-chrypre with a hint of dark berries.
Not in love...
This one you either love or hate. I am trying to find a middle ground....
Bracken by Amouage
One of the best I have tried! Like being in a damp fresh garden close to a forest. Something to save up for!
It's not bad but it still kind of smells musky and it's a bit strong for me.
Hate at first sight, but I fell in love after
The first spray was too strong and gave me a headache, but my husband loved it. An hour later, the loud and weird perfume turned into an adorable floral with a primal green undertone. Very carnal, very sensual, I adore it. It is pretty much like in life when people you've hated at the beginning end up becoming your best friends. Anyway, is not a perfume for everybody, it is floral but not light, it is green but not fresh. I am not sure I will be able to wear it on a regular day (I must say that I am not shy when it comes to wearing strong or not so usual perfumes, I am the type who wears Kenzo Jungle or Mugler's Alien at 7 a.m. in the bus :)) but it is the type of scent I see wearing on a date night.
Smells like an old hippie
When I initially sprayed it, I thought it was going to be far too floral for me. But as it dried down, some interesting woody/earthy notes started to come through and I thought for a moment that it would end up being alluring and interesting. Nope. After a few more minutes, I smelled like an old hippie (and not in the charming sense). It went very masculine, which is fine with me as long as it's an appealing scent. Maybe it didn't mix well with my skin chemistry, but I also think I simply don't care for the scent. No big deal. You can't love them all. But this was definitely a miss for me personally.
It has a flowery smell when I spray it on, but it fades away and starts giving off a woody smell. I did not like it at all!
I love receiving perfumes but this one was just yucky, it smells like pepper and isn’t a flattering scent
Honestly this is one of the most disgusting perfumes I've ever come across. I think it reacted poorly with my skin chemistry. It smelled sour and bitter on me, not at all floral or even perfume-y. Mostly just a sour, dark smell that actually fits with a sort of fantasy-fiction idea of a "bracken woman" from a bracken swamp or something....but honestly I'm not that edgy when it comes to perfumes. :) I was hoping for the apple blossom scent but I think I mostly just got "sour". That doesn't mean this wouldn't be great on someone else's skin--I'd just use caution if you're looking for the fruity-floral notes cause you might not get them.
I just received my first order. I wanted to try something new and expensive, but I never expected that it would be so unpleasant. Smells like a wardrobe of old old lady. I read the other reviews before ordering and had different impression of this fragrance. I do not recommend it to anyone.
Smells very strongly of fern. That is the main note I get and the only note I can focus on. Too much for me.
The opening is very strong, reminiscent of the clothes detergent that a friend's mother used to use. Very strong, large silliage. Shortly after it becomes a lush and beautiful green explosion. Lasts forever.
Don't judge this by the first spray! Let it sit and mellow out. It starts out as a spicy green floral... then settles into a warm almost powdery floral scent - still with a spicy kick, but really nice. This is the 2nd fragrance I've tried from Amouge and both reacted the same. They got better with time! I love unique scents and so I can tell I'm going to enjoy this one a lot! I think it's perfect for Fall.. very long lasting.
The scent consisted of raw fern and lily. No other notes were present on me. The fragrance was overwhelmingly strong as if I had a bouquet of the cheapest ferns and lilies tied to my wrist. I chose to try this based on the description above and in my opinion, it is not at all accurate. I love patchouli and I did not pick up the tiniest hint of it in Bracken Woman. The two stars are solely for the longevity, which is incredible at over 12 hours. I am so impressed by the longevity that I hope to continue sampling Amouage until I find a fragrance that suits me.
Lovely and interesting green floral. It is unique and has good longevity and silage. I really enjoy it, but I hear it's divisive, so it's a great one to test out first. But I'm definitely going to pick up a full bottle of this one! I love it!
I was pleasantly surprised with Bracken. Like other Amouage scents that I've tried, it changes over time as you wear it and smells like nothing else in my collection. Love this as a summer scent.
Very unique! Green, earthy scent. Not my taste but excellent silage and lasts 8+ hours
This perfume has a expensive Nantucket gift shop vibe to me. I like it enough to spray once in a while, but not enough to buy.
Well it's named after a fern and it smells like fern, no surprise there. I didn't like it too much but my husband thought it smelled great on me, so go figure.
I agree with the 1st reviewer on this scent. There is something very 70s about this scent that I dislike. The initial spray is overpowering. The scent then goes down into a musty smell and patchouli. On me this scent was never floral. This scent does have staying power. I was hoping for something closer to Honour Woman with this one. This one is going into my never to be worn box.
Has a musty, old smell. I really didn't like it. Maybe for older women?