If there was one note that was big for 2017, I would say it would be tuberose. It seemed like everyone was using it, and I am not complaining, mind you, because over the years I have become a big white floral fanatic. I had previously written about how I liked Amouage Figament Men – it’s quirly and weird and interesting – so I went and tried the ‘female’ version of it and, alas, it is a tuberose scent.
It’s a spicy one, and it opens with a szechuan note. It’s on the hot side, and on a cold day like today, was kind of welcome. I get white flowers in the burst (gardenia, I read from the notes list) before the tuberose kicks in – and it’s a transparent tuberose that is a bit watery (not aquatic) Then the fragrance limps on me after that. On the notes list, I seethe emergence of orange blossom, jasmine and a lysylang (a mild ylang ylang, apparently) and they just blend to a generic white flower dry down. I thought the perfume showed a lot of promise, and I find disappointed that it petered down. I thought for sure that since the male version was interesting, this female one would just be as appealing, but for me, it’s a miss. And with the Amouage price tag, it’s a big miss for me.
I don’t know when it happened, but I got bored with the Amouage house. Sure, they made nice and beautiful perfumes, but they had price points that were high, and for what I would pay, I wanted something more interesting – they had perfumes that were classy, and had ‘good taste’ all over them, but I could get that from any other house, and even via designer brands. If i were to pay more, I wanted different, I wanted quirky, I wanted unique.
Well. Figament Man certainly checks all those boxes, and I am in love. My first thing I thought of when I smelled Figament? Wow, this perfume smelled like moldy bread. This morning, I heated this old-ish bread and after taking it out of the microwave, it had a yeasty, moldy smell. Well, combine that with just a bit of citrus and geranium leaf, and you get the first burst of this perfume. And I do mean that in the best possible sense. Weirded out yet? The perfume then transforms into an ‘animal’-like direction. I read soil and musk, but really it’s just a more raw sandalwood we get here. It’s not pretty, for sure, but it is unforgettable. The perfume never gets out of vegetal mode – I sometimes get the vision of mushroomy smell – with just a bit of waxy undertones. I know that some people say it turns medicine-y (camphor?) but to me it just gets more earthy.
And I think it’s gorgeous – in an exaggerated animal musky way/ It is never indolic on me, and the ‘soil’ accord is framed by something flowery (chrysanthemom) It smells like nothing I have ever smlled before, and that, already, is plus points for me. I still am on the fence if I could wear this (there’s something about that feels like something I am allergic to) but for sure it made me feel alive.