It’s always a good sign when you walk into the office and no sooner than you sit at your desk a co-worker comes over and says to you, “you always smell great, but today, whatever you’re wearing is incredible.” To me, Ciel is not groundbreaking, but it’s a very well crafted fragrance that is easy to wear and offers incredible quality. But I just had a feeling that someone was going to compliment me on wearing it. Maybe I’m psychic?!
WHAT I SMELL: Ciel introduces itself with a refreshing blast of bergamot. This is a scent that will wake you up if you’re a bit sleepy. Listed as part of the top notes are rose and lily of the valley. I’m not getting much rose, but I can sense the lily of the valley behind the bergamot. As it wears a bit, the frankincense starts to become more prominent.
As I was driving to work, what I noticed about Ciel is that it was almost two scents in one. From a distance, it smelled incredibly fresh, almost breezy. But as my arm would get nearer to my nose, that freshness was taken over by the incense which made what seemed to be a simple scent into something that was more mysterious, complex and spicy (and a little sour, but not in a bad way). It stays in this middle phase for a long time and this is where the fragrance resided when I received my lovely compliment.
In the end the fragrance settles into a nice and comfortable, slightly bitter sandalwood. For an Amouage scent the longevity is average, but the sillage is good.
From the Amouage website:
This fragrance bursts alive with the freshness of rich floral scents. Like a rain shower on a hot summer’s day it cools and invigorates. Using the intensity of silver frankincense and sensual woods it leaves an inner sense of serenity and softness, reflecting the warmth of the sun.
Top notes: rose, bergamot, lavender, lily of the valley.
Heart notes: peach, jasmine, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange blossom.
Base notes: frankincense, vetiver, patchouli, cedarwood, sandalwood.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A very masculine and powerful almost metallic fragrance that epitomizes strength without being unapproachable.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE CIEL MAN: modern, traditional, mysterious
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT IO CIEL MAN: Launched in 2003, I didn’t find any bloggers with recent reviews. Comments can be found on Basenotes and Fragrantica.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Aromatic Spicy
- Classification: Masculine
- Expense: $265 for 100ml EdP
July 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm
Whenever I wear any of Amouage perfumes I get compliments. As, for example, today for Dia Woman.
Ciel is one of a few Amouage perfumes I haven’t tried in either interpretation – Woman or Man. Not on purpose – I just haven’t come across it. But I plan to try it eventually since Amouage is one of my favorite brands.
July 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm
I am just starting to test out the Amouage line. I just wish they weren’t so darn expensive! I have a Dia Man sample. I’ll give that a whirl in the next couple of weeks.
July 20, 2012 at 12:41 am
I will be curious to read your impressions. My experience: at least some of men versions are EdTs (vs EdP for women) and were much less tenacious – which, in my opinion, is completely unacceptable at that price point.
July 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm
Amouage definitely know how to make a great fragrance. I loved the two fragrances of theirs that I’ve managed to get my hands on for a sample. If you can, definitely try out one of their Attars! I think they’re fabulous and I fell in love with the Homage Attar.
July 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm
My dear Kay, you do have exquisitely expensive tastes I see :). I would love to try the Attars but am afraid that I would fall in love and then have to then make a purchase!
July 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm
The expensive one definitely hit my wallet pretty hard. I have yet to commit to buying an Amouage for that very reason. But one day…one day… 😀
July 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm
Nice review and I am happy I found you. This Amouage sounds creamy and delicious. Just be careful smelling your arm as you dirve!
July 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm
How sweet Lanier. Thanks. I am digging what I saw with your new blog. I look forward to reading your posts. As for smelling myself…I am guilty of doing so all of the time. I’m sure many people think I’m strange for drinking in my lovely fragrances. I don’t care what others feel about my scents as long as I’m happy 🙂 Cheers, Steve
July 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm
So you are not alone. I am often caught smelling myself too! It is a passion I can not abandon.
July 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm
I forgot to give your post a “Like” and I do so here you go.