Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Journey Man description
Amouage describes their Journey Man fragrance as “a journey of metamorphoses.” And this perfume is very much about going through changes from the moment it hits your skin. Bright citrus ignites into hot spice. The heart vibrates between cool and warm tones. And the dry down is musky, sweet, AND leathery. Amouage Journey Man is a roaming and restless spirit.
The top notes of bergamot, neroli, black pepper and cardamom are in constant motion at the start. No sooner has one note registered, then the others flash by in a flare of bitter orange-infused spices. The effect is hypnotic and entrancing. Amouage Journey Man announces right from the beginning that this is a perfume that won’t sit and wait for your impressions. It has an inner rhythm that scoops you up and then charges off to the next phase.
The heart notes include juniper, an incense accord, pure geraniol and tobacco leaf. And just like in the top notes, the temperature of Amouage Journey Man darts between the cool reserve of the juniper and geraniol, and the herbal heat from the incense and tobacco. The notes are more closely blended than at the top, so the temperature difference really pops out at you. It’s like finding that perfect warmth when you draw up a bath – at first it may appear to be too hot, but after a moment it feels completely comfortable.
The dry down is a heady combination of tonka bean, cypriol, leather and ambrox. The tonka bean and leather fuse together into a soft, animalic sweetness. The ambrox and cypriol merge into a bright, chilly, and sharp background that brings the animalic feel of the leather into crystal-clear focus. The tonka bean, with its smoky sweet edge, is an excellent complementary note. The dry down phase in Amouage Journey Man is as captivating and disarming as the rest of the fragrance, and worth paying attention to when it arrives.
By the end of its time on your skin, this perfume will have gone through several rapid-fire metamorphoses, all of which are uniquely mesmerizing. There is so much happening in this scent that it’s like needing to see the same movie twice to make sure you catch all the nuances. Amouage Journey Man is insistently complex and clever, and will reward you enormously for any extra time taken in sampling it. Let it guide you on a journey, because it’s a guarantee you’ll never end up in the same place twice.