Amyris Homme was launched in 2012 by French niche line Maison Francis Kurkdjian as part of a 'his and her' duo, along with Amyris Femme.
Mr. Kurkdjian excels at making fragrances for men. After all, this is the nose who created Le Male for Jean Paul Gaultier in 1995 - one of the world's best-selling perfumes. He is also the creator of one of my favourite fragrances for men, Eau Noire, for Dior. Smelling Amyris Homme on my husband, I realized just how alluring it is.
Amyris Homme opens with a vibrant note of sweet, juicy mandarin juxtaposed by a note of aromatic, piney rosemary. The balsamy aspect of the rosemary draws forth the piney, fresh herbaceous aspects of amyris. The amyris also has a gorgeous woodiness that stays right to the drydown, though in a more muted form. A note of saffron, a cousin of iris, ushers in the Florentine iris with its earthiness. The earthy, floral iris is the perfect counterpart to the amyris, making Amyris Homme both powerful and delicate at the same time. At this stage, I smell sweet tobacco. It's the coumarin in Tonka bean. It lifts the entire composition, keeping it light and fresh. Notes of modern woods at the base echo and support the woodiness of the amyris.
Amyris Homme dries down to an elegant, irresistible all-season scent that is unabashedly masculine.
Notes: Sicilian mandarin, Moroccan rosemary, saffron, Jamaican Amyris, Florentine Iris, Brazilian Tonka bean, modern woods.