Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Interlude Man description
Amouage’s Interlude Man is a spicy, woody, scent poem to chaos, and discovering that interlude of peace in our busy world.
Interlude Man begins with a stunning combination of bergamot, oregano, and allspice that when taken together are a piquant, rugged, and inviting opening to this scent. If this fragrance stopped here, it would be enough – the opening top note accord is a must-try if you love spicy, elegant perfumes. What’s even better is that these top notes are strong, focused, and don’t quickly evaporate. Interlude Man is a fragrance to slowly savor as it develops.
The heart is where the “interlude” of the scent’s title comes into play. After the initial bright spice settles down from the opening, a cool, wide space opens in the middle of this fragrance.
Cistus and incense completely absorb the sharpness of the oregano and allspice, and what’s left is an empty white room. Time stops. You are suspended in the heart with no guide, no aggressive aromas; it’s just you and a cool, empty, and breathtakingly peaceful moment.
The cistus and incense linger for several minutes on their own before polished amber and opoponax arrive to layer a delicate and distractingly sweet accord over the heart notes. This is the moment that the entire fragrance is built upon: the reward for sitting in scented Zen silence. The amber is absolutely pure, it’s not heavy or thick or syrupy in the least. The opoponax adds a tinge of soft smoke underneath, but the amber note will stop you in your tracks. This is the gold standard for what amber can add in a perfume.
As the dry down begins, the “interlude” fades slowly back into the chaos of spices that began in the top. Leather, oud, patchouli and sandalwood assert themselves in a whirlwind of dusky, dry, and animalistic nuances. The oud note is the strongest of the four, with the leather and patchouli tamping down its acrid profile. The sandalwood turns the rough, spicy edges smooth, and faintly echoes the sweet amber in the heart, to allow you to remember the stillness.
But Interlude Man is still very much an Amouage creation, so their idea of chaos in perfume is still extraordinarily elegant, and refined. The balance in this perfume is sculpturally perfect. The spice attack in the top and base notes are just as engaging as the heart’s silence is surprising and wonderful.
Interlude Man is not just a fragrance, but a hidden, sweet moment of pure serenity amidst the noise and clamor of our busy world. And even in a line as accomplished as Amouage, Interlude Man stands out and should not be missed by anyone exploring what this house has to offer.