06 Amanu recently won the Fragrance Foundation’s 2012 Fifi “Indie” Fragrance Award. Given such high regard, I had to check this fragrance out. I loved 07 Tanoke, and since this is an award winner, I was sure I was going to like this as well. Hmmmm, not sure what the fuss is all about.
06 Amanu is a light and airy fragrance. It goes on almost a bit salty and then quickly turns floral and lightly sweet. I can smell the blood orange and the jasmine along with a light musk. As time goes on, the musk and amberwood warm 06 Amanu a bit, reducing the original sweetness. This is about as discreet of a fragrance that you can find. It hugs close to the skin and feels very personal, almost bath like in its composition. To me, that means that I could have just emerged from taking a bath with some pretty bath salts and would have smelled the same. 06 Amanu is marketed as unisex, but I do think this leans more feminine. I’m not digging it on me and would have a hard time seeing other men wear this.
For an award winner, I was expecting something more daring. This scent is pretty safe… and not for me.
From the Odin website:
The primitive ambiance of southern Mediterranean peaks combined with the ancient fertility of Anatolian soils brings forth a herbaceous blend of verdant galbanum and raw lentisque. The cortex of Amanu revolves around the woody rusticity of cedarleaf and the heady complexity of jasmine sambac. Rooting textures of amberwood, musk and live moss endow this earthy scent with a lush maturity.
Top: Blood Orange, Green Galbanum, Lentisque
Middle: Aged Cedarleaf, Jasmin Sambac, Magnolia
Bottom: Amberwood, Sheer Musk, Live Moss
- Bone Rating: 3 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Woody – aromatic
- Classification: Unisex but leans feminine
- Expense: $125 for 100ml EDT
May 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Sounds dire! A sure disappointment when something like this gets a high praise title.
I haven’t tried any of the Odin scents, they seem to me almost like Byredo – a brand that looks nice but I can’t imagine them delivering well… and no one speaks of them!
May 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm
One would think that as an FiFi Indie award winner that people would be talking about this, but I know what you mean. Very dissapointing. I have yet to try any Byredo, but have not heard anyone rave about those as well.
May 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm
On my recent trip to Barney’s I decided to try “the award winning perfume from Odin” and after confirming with the friend who was there with me which one she remembered it was sprayed some on a paper blotter. It was great! I really liked it. Not to the extend to want/need 100 ml of it (why? WHY company, especially niche/indie ones keep insisting on preducing and selling those monsters?!!) but I thought it was very nice…
Too bad both my friend and I deducted wrongly that it was the last one, Tanoke, that must have taken the award. So I have no idea how Amanu smells 🙂
On a side note: you keep changing dogs and I almost do not recognize the blog every time I come back!
May 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm
I really liked Tanoke. It has a real presence for what I call a desert or dry fragrance which typically are not my favorites. Amanu, you’re not missing much, but if you ever do get a chance to sample would love to see what you think.
As for the dogs, wordpress allows you to rotate pictures on your site. I’m not sure about the rotation. I rather like my original hound who I viewed as iconic (OK, iconic for a obscure blog with a limited audience). I may just end up with the original and his closeup for the rotation.
And finally, with the 100ml bottles, I’m SOOOO with you. I can deal with 50ml, but the 100ml gets old, but hell, we still seem to buy them anyway if we love the scent!
May 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm
I can deal with 100 ml of a perfume I love. But I want to buy some of the perfumes that I just like or want to wear occasionally. For those I just refuse to buy big bottles! Thankfully, there are many people who do not mind “splitting” their huge bottles.
I like your “iconic” dog the most, I got used to him 🙂
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