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Beloved Woman

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Amouage Creative Director Christopher Chong hired Bernard Ellena, the perfumer for the Jill Sander line among others - and also brother of Hermes nose, Jean-Claude Ellena - to bring his creative brief to life: “Beloved engages the elegance and complexity of the modern woman: strong, empowered, animated, in control.”   It was a good choice, because Bernard Ellena delivers an alarmingly beautiful fragrance that marries the elegant and complex style of a vintage with the polished sophistication of a contemporary scent.
The opening is one that I want to repeat again and again – herbaceous clary sage and lavender layered over soft rose, the exact definition of gorgeous aromatic, with hints of earthy funk. The rose is joined by jasmine and spices, green violet and immortelle flower with its maple-curry note, and this floral accord sweetens a little as it moves into the come-hither heart.
Still waters run deep, and the fragrance evolves slowly and quietly with a slow-motion effect, becoming more complex with sandalwood and patchouli as Beloved Woman blooms and moves into the base, where the resinous woods and animalics mix with hints of fine glove leather.  In the final phase, the long dry-down, vanilla and musk add a softness and richness which becomes absolutely elegant as amber notes are released, warming the dry-down with a glow from within.
Amouage is known for its larger-than-life perfumes, thirty-six of them to be exact, all statements of creative excellence and luxurious quality. Although Beloved Woman follows the Amouage style, it is so very different from the others. More refined, less “big” floral, more balanced, it has an inner glow rather than a raging fire in its heart. This fragrance is no sultry dark-haired bombshell with red nails and endless cleavage, demanding attention. This Woman is Beloved, an elegant blonde in skinny jeans and a leather jacket in control of her life. A perfume with classic bones…and that shimmering irresistible golden glow….
Notes: jasmine, purple rose, lavender, clary sage, clove bud, chamomile, and cardamom; ylang-ylang, violet, everlasting flower or immortelle, cistus, benzoin, olibanum, and patchouli; cedarwood, sandalwood, castoreum, civet, leather, musk, vanilla, maltol, and amber.
Typer: EdP
Parfumeur: Bernard Ellena

Price: $7.00