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Honour Woman  Eau de Parfum by  Amouage

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Honour Woman

Eau de Parfum

by Amouage

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Inspired by Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, Amouage Honour Woman is a delicate and even emotional rendition of white florals. (How could it not be emotional when it’s based on the story of a heroine who kills herself when the American soldier she’s pined for returns to her homeland to take their child?) “Death with honour, ” proclaims the heroine before dying, “when one can no longer live in honour.”

Honour Woman opens with a tart rhubarb note and ends on a smooth base of subtly spicy resins, amber and almost imperceptible leather. But the showstopper of Honour Woman is its floral heart. Gardenia, which is often deployed to bring out its hot-house flower sultriness, is here transparent and light, flanked like a princess in white with her attendants lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, carnation and a very subdued tuberose. It’s as if the passionate gardenia that Madame Butterfly's Cio Cio San once was gives way, after Pinkerton's betrayal, to a more stoic and elegant — if tragic — version of the flower. Eros transformed into Thanatos.

As it dries down, traces of rhubarb remain as its subtly spicy and warm base rises up. Even without the perfume’s melodramatic back story, Honour Woman's fragrant narrative is powerful on its own.

Honour Woman is housed in a white crystal bottle with a gold-plated cap affixed with a white opal Svarovski crystal.
Honour Woman Notes
Pepper, rhubarb, coriander, jasmine, tuberose, gardenia, lily of the valley, carnation, vetiver, frankincense, amber, opoponax, leather
Alexandra Carlin and Violaine Collas2011Oman
Honour Woman - 50ml
  $255 50ml
Honour Woman - 100ml
  $305 100ml

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I'm usually very wary of white florals, but this is just lovely, the very antithesis of heady or bombastic. It's a delicate and somewhat aquatic floral, with hints of fruit and spice; sadly though, I don't get any of the base notes. I personally don't find this to be at all a strong scent, sillage is quite mild in fact, but as with all Amouage's, longevity is enduring. I'll admit, at first I thought the backstory was utterly ridiculous (I mean seriously, who on earth would want to smell so tragic??), but after testing this, I somewhat get it. It's a very still, very calm, and very reflective scent, and while I don't necessarily find it melancholic, it is perhaps the most sedate white florals I've ever smelled. It's fresh, light and pretty, and worth a try.
By mereley - from LA on 3/18/2015
beautiful floral scent. all of my favorites are here! ordered a sample and had to buy the whole bottle. if I could take a bath in it I would!
By obsessed - from New York on 1/5/2015
Though you cannot fault the quality of this perfume, it's just SO SO SO strong. Overpowering. Maybe I'm judging it too harshly - I tend to love complex unisex boozy vanillic scents - but it's just so unnuanced. All I get is a whalloping white floral blast that lasts forever with no mitigating or interesting complexity. I get no incense or wood. Perversely, trying to blend it into something less headachy with some Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine just made it scream louder. Off to the bath to scrub.
By Vanessa - Writer/Producer from Brooklyn on 11/17/2011
LOVE IT!!! VERY Beautiful complex floral! If I could go beyond 5 stars I would.
By Anonymous SD 2 NYC - therapist from NYC on 10/2/2011
This is a very pretty, well-blended floral. The opening notes are a bit herbal, reminds me of an Italian style of perfumery. It dries down into a subtle floral on me, did not detect any frankincense or leather, but of course this was from a dabbed sample vial so I don't have the full picture.
By Anonymous - from San Diego on 9/14/2011
This is an incredible scent. It is pungent on the first application and then the drydown is this creamy, luxurious mix of skin scent and roses. I adore it and highly recommend it. It is not a department store scent or an immature scent. It is definitely a scent for a true lady.
By Lynn Manieri - Instructor from San Mateo on 9/6/2011
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