Reflection Man Amouage: Mirror For Your Soul

The history of Amouage could be roughly divided into two unequal parts — before Christopher Chong and after he was invited to be the art director. The Jubilation XXV fragrance couple were the first fragrances created under Mr. Chong’s supervision, and after their launch everything changed. The crystal flacons and silk packaging were simplified, some fragrances were discontinued (for example, masculines Arcus, Cirrus, and Silver Man, and feminines Eau d’ Amouage and Silver Woman), some new fragrance collections were added (like The Library Collection, The Secret Garden Collection, The Midnight Flower Collection), and so on.

???? Under Mr. Chong’s supervision everything changed. The crystal flacons and silk packaging were simplified, some fragrances were discontinued and some new fragrance collections were added.

Reflection Man was launched in April 2007, half a year before Jubilation XXV, so it still could be found in a handmade crystal bottle with silver-plated stopper made by Asprey of London. Lucas Sieuzac’s spicy and fresh creation, “evoking the summer on the seashore,” was launched when Christopher Chong was art director, although I’m not sure if Mr. Chong participated in the project from beginning to end. As we know, it takes time to make the concept of an “international brand,” to design and produce new bottle designs, and to create fragrances.

???? Christopher Chong is the Creative Director of Amouage. Unknown to the perfumery world, Mr. Chong first marked his triumphant debut in 2007 with “Jubilation 25” for women and “Jubilation 25″ for men.

 

The first impression about Reflection Man is of a warm and embracing powdery floral perfume, perfectly aware about its feminine side, similar in spirit to Le Male Jean-Paul Gaultier or Alexandre Prudence, but not literally the same. Fresh lavender to start, a white, warm, powder-spicy heart, and a sweet woody-oriental base of barbershop fougeres (sandalwood, cedarwood, vanilla, tonka beans).

Okay, it is a soft and floral, white, powdery, and sweet oriental fougere, but there are small nuances that do not allow it to be recognized as another striped sailor perfume who came ashore after the well-known Le Male. The differences are small, but they are there: The sailors need an instant seduction effect, in contrast to civil Reflection Man, which is not in a hurry. You can count on a “decent number” of dates: three, five, or even eight. It seems to me that it is not about seduction at all, but about pleasure in general.

The Reflection story is about a reflection of the person in the perfume, not the external appearance, but the internal one, be it soul or character or ego.

In the heart and in the train, Reflection Man feels less sweet; its heart leans to a more masculine, woody side. There are shades of cinnamon and nutmeg in the white powdery heart, although they are not listed in the official pyramid. Orange flowers are well noticeable with their honey sweetness (the note shared with Le Male), as well as the sunscreen cosmetics accent. As far as I can smell, it was the first time that Amouage departed from its tradition to include Omani incense in its fragrances. Further, in the drydown, the balsamic chord of patchouli-coumarin-cedar is less pronounced, not as sweet and voluminous, compared to Le Male or Jaipur Homme.

However, with all these differences and similarities, Le Male and Reflection Man complement each other (especially in price level and distribution net) in the territory of orientals. If you like one of them, sooner or later you are likely to appreciate the other one. That happened with me, when I decided to understand the beauty of Reflection Man, which I did not like from the first sniff. I just wore it to fill the perfume gap on spare days — until I started to find some warm feelings towards it. After my mind wrapped around its beauty, I started to love Le Male as well.

The Reflection story is about a reflection of the person in the perfume, not the external appearance, but the internal one, be it soul or character or ego. Everyone who puts on Reflection Man becomes its face; Amouage wanted to pay tribute to the individuality of its every client, from members of the royal family of Oman, to everyone who chose this fragrance and voted for it with their money.

The textured florals in the heart notes capture the seductive power of a man’s inner strength, while the iconic notes of patchouli and vetiver in the base, blended with sensual woods, reflect his true elegance and underline the fragrance’s timeless appeal.

Amouage Reflection Man Eau de Parfum has fresh, spicy and slightly aromatic top notes, embodying the spirit of refinement. The textured florals in the heart notes capture the seductive power of a man’s inner strength, while the iconic notes of patchouli and vetiver in the base, blended with sensual woods, reflect his true elegance and underline the fragrance’s timeless appeal. Reflection Eau de Parfum for Man is compelling, distinctive and unmistakably masculine.

Reflection Man Amouage – Top notes: Rosemary, Pink pepper, and Petitgrain; Heart notes: Orris, Ylang-ylang, Jasmine, and Neroli; Base notes: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedar, and Patchouli.

 

Sources: Fragrantica, Amouage

 

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