Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Fate Man description
Amouage’s Fate Man is as prophetic as its name implies. This is no mere perfume; this is an electrical storm building up strength in the hills to unfurl in a thunderous display of force.
It steeps like strong, dark tea in shadowy green and black spices - spices like absinthe, liquorice, cistus and labdanum. And underneath their growing shadow, hot sparks of saffron, ginger, cumin, frankincense and copahu dive and flash. Fate Man wears like irresistible, invisible lightning.
The mandarin, saffron, absinthe, ginger and cumin in the top notes gather like expectant storm clouds, with the absinthe note providing the tension in the air before the rain descends. The cool sharpness is an unusual and daring way to begin a fragrance; the top notes are no light introduction here. Fate Man begins its story under a cloud of intense spices.
But when the storm finally breaks, the rain is sheer and light. Rose, lavandin and everlasting flower fall to earth in a cleansing river of clean, clear floral energy. The surprise is palpable; the last thing you expect is a calming flood of precious petals after the intensity of the opening spices. The heart of Fate Man is exhilarating and cool; you are surprised but grateful for it.
The dry down of labdanum, cedar, liquorice, sandalwood, tonka and musk is like watching the last dark clouds disappear behind the hills. The liquorice and labdanum snap with black foreboding, but the sandalwood’s smooth veneer defuses the drama. And combined with the warmth of tonka bean, you suddenly remember how sweet the air smells after a furious storm. Amouage’s Fate Man is a force of nature captured in a bottle. Wearable lightning and thunder that brings a soothing rain in its wake.