Do You Believe in Fate? – Amouage Fate Woman and Fate Man Perfume Reviews

Do You Believe in Fate?

Do You Believe in Fate?

I didn’t envy Amouage the task of topping their masculine & feminine duo from last year. Both Interlude Woman and Man were triumphs of perfumery, taking chaotic notes and throwing them together to create two challenging, yet wearable (and not to forget bloody gorgeous) fragrances.

This year’s duo – Fate Woman and Fate Man – certainly have big shoes to fill and it appears that Creative Director Christopher Chong has pulled out all of the stops to create two fragrances that are bold enough to mark the “end of the first cycle of the Amouage narrative” and leave one excited for exactly what wonders the beginning of the next cycle may entail.

Fate Woman (created by perfumer Dorothée Piot) and Fate Man (created by Karine Vinchon) “explores the uncertainty of the future and the universal principal by which the order of things is inescapably prescribed” and in their own, very distinct ways illicit polarising responses. They, as with many Amouage perfumes, are for those that adore excess and do not shy away from bold statements.

Fate Woman

Fate Woman – “A chypre oriental with a rich floral heart intensified by a dark and destructive accord resonating with the tumultuous unknown.”

The Notes

Top: Bergamot, Cinnamon and Chilli Pepper
Heart: Rose, Narcissus, Jasmine, Frankincense and Labdanum
Base: Vanilla Bean, Frankincense, Benzoin, Castoreum, Patchouli, Oakmoss and Leather

How Does it Smell?

Upon first sniff Fate Woman is all toasted candy-floss, powdered sugar and maple syrup. Gourmand notes are placed firmly and squarely in the luxury and opulence of the orient, evoking a delicious and exotic sweet that probably costs a small fortune, but is entirely worth the price.

The syrupy, honeyed aspect intensifies with time, supported by delicately stewed rose and jasmine petals. Immortelle adds a touch of spice and emphasises the rich sweetness that appears to underpin most of Fate Woman’s structure. At this point the collision of sugar and flowers creates a face powder effect that is rich, decadent and incredibly ‘Amouage’ in feel.

In the base Fate Woman deepens further, unveiling leather and incense nuances. There is a holographic nature to the sweetness, which appears to sit on a plane far above the skin, separate from the resinous warmth of Fate Woman’s base notes. It’s a pleasing contrast that gives a lovely amount of lift to the heavier notes.

Fate Woman is an interesting beast and is likely to satisfy most Amouage fans – it hits all of the right notes and serves as an unusual, gourmand addition to the collection. It’s perhaps not quite as compelling as last year’s Interlude Woman – a truly weird and wonderful perfume – but it is intriguing enough to earn its place in the Amouage stable.

Fate Man

Fate Man – “A spicy and woody construction parodying the force and power of the inevitable.”

The Notes

Top: Mandarin, Saffron, Absinth, Ginger and Cumin
Heart: Everlasting Flower, Rose, Everlasting Flower, Lavendin, Cistus and Copahu
Base: Labdanum, Cedarwood, Liquorice, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood and Musk

How Does it Smell?

When it comes to Amouage it would be fair to say that for the most part I find myself falling for the feminine member of a duo as opposed to the masculine, with Interlude (although I love both of those) and Memoir serving as the exceptions. Fate Man is unique in the sense that I can’t quite decide how I feel about it.

The top notes see Fate Man unleash a wave of citrus, spice and absinthe. At first it’s relatively zingy, with ginger taking the lead, but – and here’s the sticker – the absinthe gives  off a heap of bitter green smoke that unsettles the boat early on. There are times when this bitterness seems harsh, even angry and times where it almost appears as a welcome layer of depth among the more translucent notes.

Immortelle is the key link between the top and the base, with the curried facets connecting with the spice of the opening and the caramelised sugar matching the plush woods in the base notes. Vanilla and sandalwood plushen things further and in its end stages Fate Man seems worlds apart from that mean spirited absinthe drinker it started out as.

Fate Man, like its feminine counterpart is very Amouage in its style – robust and resinous with cues from both France and Oman, and I’d be very interested to see what others make of it. Having spent quite some time sniffing Fate Man (it’s always good to spend a lot of time working out these Amouages I feel) I’m still on the fence, maybe in time I’ll fully work it out – if it’s meant to be that is.

Availability

Both Fate Woman and Fate Man are available in 50ml (£200/£185) and 100ml (£245/£225) Eau de Parfum. They are currently exclusive to Selfridges and Amouage in the UK.

Disclaimer
Samples provided by Amouage. Image 1 via fragrantica.com. Images 2 and 3 via selfridges.com. Notes via amouage.com. Quotes via nstperfume.com.

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20 thoughts on “Do You Believe in Fate? – Amouage Fate Woman and Fate Man Perfume Reviews

  1. Wonderful reviews! I never would have put Fate Woman in the gourmand category since, on my skin, it has a ton of leather and frankincense. But, I love hearing how scents are different on different people (Amouage seems to do that especially well). And I agree that Man takes more effort to really love but, you gotta give Christopher Chong credit for creating another two truly unique Amouage masterpieces that nobody is going to say are boring.
    On another note, I just tested Chambre Noir by Olfactive Studio – another one by Dorothee Piot – and I immediately could see the similarities in her work – especially the leather note. Maybe that is why I love both of them….

    • I wouldn’t classify it as a gourmand per se, it is definitely an oriental in my mind, but there are a ton of fluffy gourmand notes up top (albeit elegant, luxurious ones).

      It would be interesting to try more of Dorothée Piot’s work – she seems a dab hand at making a bold statement.

  2. Every time a new Amouage comes out it’s exciting, whether it suits me or not, so I was keen to read your take on this new release. They’re always interesting and so well done with great sillage and proper development. Looking forward to trying Fate Woman – I like the concept but am a little wary of that syrupy opening.

  3. I’ve been lucky and won samples of these, can’t wait for them to arrive! I enjoyed Interlude Woman and your description of Fate Woman sounds very promising.
    And have you seen the pictures of the packaging/box for Fate- gorgeous! 🙂

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  6. I have tried Fate woman so far and it is better than house’s other recent creations. It has classic amouage feel with luxury and classy aura, not a teenage stuff. However it will never be as good as Epic, Ubar or Dia to me

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  8. I’m going to order some samples from Aedes, and I was thinking about 3 Amouages.
    I was considering Memoir Woman, Lyric Woman, and Fate Woman. Interlude Woman was crossed off because kiwi and coffee sounded gross to me, but your review made it sound really weird in a good way. Dubaiscent’s comment makes Fate Woman sound more appealing (to my personal tastes) than this review, but that’s the problem with perfume reviews–there’s no guarantee you’ll get the same thing the review gets.
    Maybe I’ll get Memoir, Lyric, Fate and Interlude and knock one of the non-Amouage choices out of its slot.

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