Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Reflection Man description
Amouage Reflection Man is a soft, spicy floral that begins with a piquant trio of red pepper berries, rosemary, and bitter orange leaves. The bitter orange leaves and red pepper berries fuse into an almost geranium-like wintery coolness at the top, with the rosemary adding a warm aromatic layer in between.
It’s a cozy opening. The nose-wrinkling, sharp facets are pruned from the berries, so only the chilly, bracing bite of the pepper is left. The bitter orange leaves blend in powdery citrus tones with the pepper so instead of a spicy beginning, you get a long, cool blast of peppermint and pastel orange zest.
There’s a reason for this pastel-toned first impression. The heart presents jasmine mixed with orris, and a touch of sweet neroli to take the place of the bitter orange. The powdered, musky feel of the orris floats around the edge of the rich, full jasmine note to re-create that cool, wintery echo in the heart.
The dry down gleams with dry, bright cedar, sandalwood, patchouli and a cypress-green vetiver note. The cedar is the strongest, with the sandalwood’s sweet smoothness and patchouli’s fuzzy herbal spice hiding in the corners of the vetiver’s earthy warmth.
The dry down also dispenses with the cool theme running through the rest of the perfume. Instead, a raw, shining tone emerges, as if a decision has been made, or you have finally arrived safely home after a trudge through the wintry dark. Whatever Reflection Man chooses to show you in return as you gaze into its cold, mirrored surface, is beautiful, graceful and good.