Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW Amouage Sunshine Man Eau de Parfum REVIEW + Sample DRAW

Sunshine Man is a forthcoming perfume addition to the Amouage 'Midnight Flower Collection' of candles and complementary room sprays.. It is slated to debut in September 2015.

Although opinions were split, I personally really enjoyed Sunshine Woman, despite it being a departure from the typical opulent offerings from the Omani based perfume house, with no incense to speak of. You can watch my review here.

As per the Sunshine Man official press release: "This male interpretation of the collection suggests the darker, more mysterious elements of the sun expressed in its full intensity. Inspired by the movement of an eclipse and the interplay between cool and warm, light and dark, this is an intensely constructed fragrance created to thrill. Enticing layers of freshness and warmth with a ‘Rock n Roll’ twist, Sunshine Man is a multi-facetted and complex experience"

Fragrance Family: Spicy aromatic
Top: Lavender, Orange Brandy, Everlasting Flower
Heart: Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Clary Sage
Base: Cedarwood, Tonka Bean, Vanilla

Sunshine Man opens with a HUGE blast of lavender with a capital L. I can only imagine that this is what a field of lavender would smell like. The hot sun beaming down on the flowers, and their herbal aroma surrounding me. Lavender is the star of this show, clearly. Even when the fresher notes of bergamot and juniper berry join the composition, lavender is still holding it's head up high. It isn't until the final dry down, that the lavender is softened by a base of cedarwood, creamy tonka bean and soft vanilla.

Lavender is not one of my favorite notes, especially when used as the main focus in a perfume. Does Sunshine Man smell good? Yes. Do I love it? No. Will it find an audience? Absolutely.

Sunshine Man is composed of quality ingredients and most definitely lives up to Amouage standards. It has excellent projection, and good longevity. My friend Igor of Nosedom was by my apartment last weekend trying several of my perfumes. He put on about 5 different ones, and Sunshine Man over powered all of them. True story.

In summary, Sunshine Man was not my favorite release from Amouage. Not because it's a bad perfume, quite the contrary actually. It's just that lavender and I have had a rocky relationship.

I would like to share some of my sample with one lucky reader. To be entered in the draw, please leave ONLY ONE comment down below about what your favorite Amouage perfume is. A winner will be chosen by next week. Good luck, and thank you for reading.

Disclosure: This review was based on a sample sent by Amouage.