Generosity and time captured in a Quartet of Exceptional Extracts from Amouage
Muscat, Oman, October 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Continuing his quest to push the boundaries of fragrance creation, Amouage explores the sublime union between “generosity” and “time” in a quartet of four Exceptional extracts. Concentrated according to the highest industry standards and aged between three and six months in the Manufacture de la Maison in Oman, Honor 43 Woman (First batch), Epic 56 Woman (First batch), Reflection 45 Male (First batch) and Interlude 53 Man (Lot Three) Each reveals hidden facets and depths that unfold in all dimensions, making them richer, more potent, and endowed with extended longevity. An esthete’s dream born from a visionary spirit that is shaking up contemporary practices, Amouage Exceptional extracts are a rarity designed without limit or constraint, incompatible with any approach within the industry.
Renaud Salmon, Director of the Amouage Experience, said: “The Amouage Exceptional extracts was born from our ambition to create the best fragrances we can offer. They started out as an instinctive experiment because, although Amouage created Extracts in the past, none of them had been aged to this point at such concentrations, containing between 43% and 56% pure oils. . Those Exceptional extracts require both humility and patience. There needs to be humility in the face of living natural materials which are the fruit of the work of both nature and man, with no guarantee of how they develop and what the result will be. It takes patience to think, grow old and wonder, mix the components, go back and start over, choose a better path or wait those long hours before scents see the light of day. Each Exceptional extract is only released when the perfumer and I consider it has reached a window of expression, telling us a story new and exciting enough to be shared with discerning fragrance connoisseurs. “
Amouage Exceptional extracts are the result of a succession of aging stages which gradually define their exquisite character. After five to ten weeks of maturation, the concentrates reach a first level: they show themselves to be promising, complete and harmonious. Everything is in place. It is then that the alcohol is carefully added and the slow maceration stage begins: inimitable and non-reproducible, it will last between three and sixteen weeks. The contents of each reservoir are assessed weekly, each observation being carefully noted. The scents gradually become more intense, precise and vibrant, energized by the transformation. A real metamorphosis: their universe has widened where all the components are completely integrated and the creations become more complex than ever.
For nearly 40 years, Amouage has carved out a recognized reputation in the small circle of large high-end perfume houses around the world. This recognition is the result of the House’s unwavering attachment to perfumery and a coveted portfolio of high-quality Eau de Parfum containing a generous proportion of pure oils of 20 to 30%.
Honor 43 Woman
Originally created as a Venusian ode to Madame Butterfly’s fate, Honor Woman (2011) is a consecration of poetry, beauty and femininity. A decade later, presented in a concentration of 43%, Honor 43 Woman is a perfumer at Alexandra Carlin lofty interpretation of Amouage’s heady white floral scent. To reach new heights, the white flowers – jasmine, tuberose, gardenia, lily of the valley – have undergone a slow but active aging process, keeping each fragile note alive and disconcerting, sassy, young. The four floral essences continue to evolve and be magnified: aged and richer, but more energized. It is the bewildering paradox of Honor 43 Woman and that makes the sensory experience totally different.
Epic 56 Woman
Inspired by the legends of the Silk Road, Epic Woman (2009) is the iconic spicy and amber scent of Amouage that blossoms under the mystical twilight that stretches between China and Arabia. With the very concentrated Epic 56 Woman, perfumer Cecile Zarokian displays his prowess to achieve the difficult but wonderful balance of extremes at a high dosage: 56%. After nearly five months of aging, the spiciness of the spices remains fiery and vibrant as it meets a deeper amber counterpart than ever before. The two extremes come together in a spectacle that stops crescendo, revealing a faceted heart of pink. Cold vibration meets golden heat. Torn between shadow and light, Epic 56 Woman is a synthesis of contradictions.
Reflection 45 Male
The quintessence of masculine refinement, Reflection Man (2007) captures the seductive power of a man’s inner strength, expressing confident and empowered sophistication. Given the time and a generous concentration of 45% perfume oil, Reflection 45 Male reveals a strong character, delicate complexity and crystalline elegance. Created by perfumer Lucas Sieuzac, this woody floral musk scent, aged for four months, presents an elaborate fragrance woven with freshness and florality. The composition juxtaposes bright aromatic notes, velvety iris notes and creamy floral notes with sensual and enveloping layers of vetiver, patchouli and sandalwood, combined with spices. Manly and surprisingly gentle at the same time. A modern and luxurious classic.
Interlude 53 Man
A moving explosion of balms and spices, Interlude Man (2012) is a sublime demonstration of a moment of harmony in the midst of chaos. At the crossroads of extreme concentration and prolonged aging, Interlude 53 Man is the exceptional extract version of the perfumer that of Pierre Négrin iconic creation. Formulated at a 53% dosage and aged for 6 months, this third batch reveals the hidden facets and depths of its original form. Where Interlude was colorful chaos, the maturity of Interlude 53 Man conveys completeness and more harmony. All Interlude 53 Man batch is a little different: the soul of batch # 3 reveals subtle notes of molten resins, like candied honey pouring into a tumultuous flow of dark and smoky woods.
Available in limited quantities, the Exceptional extracts are presented in luxurious 100 ml lacquered bottles adorned with the Maison’s signature “Gift of Kings” seal and can be purchased today at www.amouage.com, or in Amouage stores and distributors worldwide. October 2021.
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