Alyssa Harad said it best in her novel “Coming to My Senses”, that “Perfume is decidedly not among the rarefied objects of desire – wine, music, art, and so on – whose collectors have celebrity advocates and a widely read literature of their own” so that a “perfume closet” metaphorical or not, is always on the edge of dissolving into one. I do not always speak openly about loving perfumes. It seems, well, a little strange. Even linking this to my Facebook page feels unnatural to me. After all, I have never actually heard any of my friends, male or female, espouse about the wonders of certain fragrance notes or scents, although quite clearly some of them have no problems drenching themselves in their fragrance of choice. Also, perfumes, colognes, fragrances, scents… isn’t talking about them just a tad effeminate?
Ok, so that brings me to Lyric Man by Amouage, a floral (rose!) fragrance for men. I have sampled many of Amouage scents prior to the latest Library Collection release and my overall feeling is that they make rich scents. It is almost impossible to test any other scents if I spray one of their scents anywhere on my skin. Lyric Man is certainly no exception. One spray is enough for it to linger on me for the entire day. I cannot detect the listed top bergamot note as the rose note almost overpowers everything else. However, unlike other sheerer rose fragrances (like Stella Summer Rose or Annick Goutal’s Rose Splendide), Lyric Man is undoubtedly creamier and fuller. Not unlike comparing Frederic Malle’s Une Rose to its more cheerful relative Lipstick Rose. Whilst lacking the fleshy aspect of Une Rose, sweetness from tropical fruits, complexity from spices and creaminess from vanilla and musk round up Lyric Man. I have read descriptions of the scent being grounded by wood and incense but those are absolutely lost on my skin. To me, Lyric Man smells almost more like the scent emanating from an oil burner to an actual perfume.
I love the rich fragrance of old garden roses, but oddly, I find myself not reaching out more often to Lyric Man. So why do I have these ambivalent feelings towards Lyric Man? Could it be that I really do feel uncomfortable wearing this because it is too floral for me without the “masculine” wood and incense? But if that was the case, then why would I be eyeing Hermessence Rose Ikebana? Why in the first place is Lyric Man a fragrance for men and not for women? Talking about perfume, writing about perfume and actual “masculine” scents like Lyric Man would be considered by many as “feminine”, yet most perfume “noses” out there are men. I am always slightly bewildered by the world of perfume and like Lyric Man, might perhaps be one of the reasons why I have sustained my interest in it over all these years.