Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Amouage- Interlude Woman

It's kind of funny: while Donna Karan's Chaos is one of the most serene perfumes I know, Amouage Interlude (Woman) is mayhem in a bottle. Not that there's anything wrong with it...

Created by perfumer Karine Vinchon (L'Artisan Coeur de Vetiver Sacre) and encased in a striking blue bottle, Amouage Interlude Woman has a very bracing opening full of tart citrus and a massive ginger note. It's surprisingly fresh in the best possible way. Interlude's top notes move between being Christmasy to a cold drink of ginger ale on a hot summer day. These contradictions continue as Interlude develops on my skin (and bouncing off the walls): dark and bright, smooth and sharp.

If I absolutely had to label Amouage Interlude Woman I'd say it's a spicy wood fragrance. Informally- it's a big ball of energy. Behind its sleek woody facade, there are moment that one note or another suddenly poke the fabric and burst onto my awareness: a juicy fruit, smoky oud, hot coffee. But mostly it's wood and despite the Woman in the title, I think this Amouage fragrance is wearable for all. Personally I actually prefer the heavier Interlude Man (the husband already requested a bottle), but I also think that Interlude Woman is a pleasurable and satisfying perfume with a young edge and a gleam in its eye.

Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Ginger, Tagete, Frankincense, Rose Absolute, Orange Blossom, Nut, Kiwi, Coffee, Honey, Opoponax, Vanilla, Benzoin, Amber, Sandalwood, Agarwood, Oakmoss, Leather, Tonka Beans, Musk.

Amouage- Interlude Woman ($250, 50ml EDP) is available from MiN, Osswald, Luckyscent and Bergdorf Goodman. The sample for this review was sent from Osswald.

Photo by Kristian Schuller.


  1. Thanks for posting this review. This is on my list to sample, but I hadn't tried it yet. I like ginger so this may be a good option for me. To date, I haven't had much luck with other scents from their line. Maybe this will be an exception!

  2. I'm crazy about that coffee note in Interlude.

  3. It seems to me that nose Karine Vinchon is very skilled at using spices while giving them space and light. I find her style original, and so far I've enjoyed everything she's created. I like her perfumes best in hot, beachy weather. They fade a little in cold climates.


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