Yesterday I reviewed Amouage Figment Woman, which is a traditionally “pretty” white floral perfume. From the copy and from my experience with Figment Woman, I expected Amouage Figment Man to be a very nice woodsy fragrance.¹ Never judge a fragrance by its bottle or its copy!
Figment Man is so familiar; yet, it isn’t. It doesn’t remind me of perfume. It opens with this glimmer of bitter lemon with a trail of nag champa incense (like the hippie stuff). And there’s so much dirt! It’s like freshly tilled earth. It really smells like potting soil and gardening in early spring. I swear, I smell it and I can imagine earthworms and a tangle of little roots. It then goes through that petrichor phase. It smells like rain, wet stones and earth. It’s still so damp and so earthy but it’s more mineral at this stage. The dry-down reminds me of a camphoric patchouli and a dank, damp oud/woods and a stone wall covered in moss. There’s also general animalic notes that makes this even more weird and funky. Basically, Figment Man doesn’t smell like a perfume. It smells like a place in time. Maybe it’s the rain, but I think of Figment Man as melancholy, but I mean that in the best way possible. It’s like being in a pensive mood and actually enjoying gray skies and chilly air. It’s quite a contrast to its aqua/blue bottle.
Figment Man is an unusual fragrance that I imagine will be challenging for most. I mean, it smells like dirt, spring rain and catacombs. However, I see it as a Amouage getting back to its roots. There was a time they made challenging perfumes that didn’t smell like everything else available. Figment Man reminds me of why I was attracted to Amouage to begin with.
Notes listed include lemon, geranium, pink pepper, sandalwood, animalic notes, vetiver, labdanum, guiaic wood and earthy notes. Launched in 2017. PERFUMER – Annick Menardo
Give Figment Man a try if you like a perfume that smells like freshly turned earth or petrichor. Or scents like Demeter Dirt, Floris Patchouli, CB I Hate Perfume Greenbriar 1968, Diptyque Oud Palao, Banana Republic 17 Oud Mosaic, Zoologist Bat and/or Dior Oud Ispahan. As far as the name “Man”, it’s arbitrary. This is a perfume that doesn’t smell like a perfume. It’s sort of silly to put a gender onto that (or any perfume, but you already know how I feel about this).
Projection and longevity are above average. Keep that in mind. People will say stuff about it. Such as “What did the dogs get into?” or just the general “What is that smell?!”.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $300 at Osswald. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Rain and dirt. It’s so weird and that’s why I love it. It may not be something that I’d wear that frequently but I absolutely love that it exists. If you are the sort of weirdo (like myself) that likes the idea of smelling like damp dirt, please try this perfume.
¹I mean, the back of the perfume sample says it is a “luminous sandalwood”. So, I expected a sandalwood and not much else. Oddly on my skin, I barely picked up on any sandalwood at all.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by PR. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from the brand. Anastasiya Vertinskaya/Анастасия Вертинская pic from elle.ru.