The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


Dia Man by Amouage

Happy Labor Day to all the US folks out there.  I’m having a quiet day off as we’re heading off to vacation later this week so I’m doing all of those things that require preparation:  loading books on my Kindle, making sure that my camera batteries are charged, washing clothes, etc.  Rather dull, but necessary. Of course, all of this dullness needed some help in pepping me up.  So, in the midst of cleaning up my office, I went in my “unsampled” bag and pulled out Dia Man.  I knew that an Amouage scent would be nice and strong and since I am doing chores all day I wanted to smell fabulous doing them.

WHAT I SMELL: A warm incense (very discreet and light), with bitter orange and I believe cardamon (based on the notes listing).  It smells like a modern/traditional scent, in that it’s elegant and luxurious.  It’s also surprisingly warm.  I was expecting something more heavily floral.  After a bit, an interesting plum notes barely sneaks out which adds more depth along with the peony.  For the next couple of hours, Dia stays in this warm slightly spicy amberish floral stage that is extremely luxurious and inviting.  I have the feeling if I was in the office today I would be asked what I was wearing.  In the end, what I was left with a nice and pleasant and slightly powdery woody floral, it’s very serene and I find it to be a bit feminine.  Of course since this is an Amouage fragrance, it has great longevity and sillage.

Top notes: cistus, bigarade, cardamom, frankincense, labdanum
Heart notes: peony, ylang ylang, orris, plum
Base notes: vetiver, leather, patchouli, amber, palissander

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  I am picturing a 1920’s “Out of Africa” scene.  Exotic, yet refined colonial atmosphere in the plains of Africa.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DIA MAN: From Top to Bottom, Eiderdown Press

BOTTOM LINE:  Amouage fragrances are quality personified and Dia Man is no exception.  As good as this is, it’s probably not something that I would add to my collection as I wouldn’t wear it enough to justify the hefty price.  But I’ll know that I’ll be back to visit every now and then!

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Woody Floral Musk
  • Classification: Masculine
  • Expense: $260 for 50ml EdP


Interlude Man by Amouage

You can’t mistake an Amouage fragrance.  There is no doubt that they possess incredible presence and quality.  Unfortunately, for me, Interlude Man wore me and not the other way around.  I know, you’re thinking to yourself, “you need to go easy on the application with an Amouage scent”.  True; but I followed that rule.  I just found that after wearing this all day, it just really wore me out.

WHAT I SMELL: A quick splash of bergamot and Juniper berries which quickly moves into smoky incense that weaves in and out of a warm amber and a heavy creaminess.  Interlude Man stays in this state for quite some time while the smoky incense remains dominant over the other notes.  This fragrance has a powerful and commanding presence.  After many hours what I was left with was dry and woody incense; ever-present, ever potent.

From the Amouage website:

Interlude for Man is a spicy and woody fragrance inspired by chaos and disorder masquerading an interlude moment of harmony in its heart.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Oregano, Pimento Berry Oil

Heart Notes: Amber, Frankincense, Cistus, Opoponax

Base Notes: Leather, Agarwood Smoke, Patchouli, Sandalwood

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  What I envision a Victorian opium den smelled like.  The setting is heavy, dark and thick.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT INTERLUDE MAN: The Candy Perfume Boy, Chemist in a Bottle,  Parfumistan’s Blogg

BOTTOM LINE:  I am having a hard time thinking about when and where I would want to wear this fragrance.  It does not comfort, it controls.  That scares me!

  • Bone Rating: 3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Woody
  • Classification: Masculine
  • Nose: Pierre Negrin
  • Expense: Approximately $215 for 50ml EdP


Ciel Man by Amouage

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