By Belinda Morris
SUNSHINE MAN by AMOUAGE
Yes, I know what you’re thinking… Sunshine Man? Really? Now?
Well, as I write this, we’re enjoying a mini Indian summer and I’ve even managed to catch a tan today – which is pretty good going for October 3rd. But that aside – and ignoring the fact that this fragrance was created by Oman-based Amouage, to be worn not just by Brits, but by people for who the sun probably shines constantly – think of ‘Sunshine’ as more about a state of being.
Following seven months after the launch of the female version, Sunshine Man is also a much more intense, mysterious interpretation of the word. If her fragrance was about brightness and joy, his is more about drama and warmth. Creative director Christopher Chong was inspired by the movement of an eclipse – the interplay between cool and warm, light and dark – for this spicy, aromatic eau de parfum.
The sparky top notes of lavender, orange brandy and everlasting flower, open to the deeper tones of bergamot, juniper berry and clary sage. And as the fragrance eventually settles on the skin the cedarwood, tonka bean and vanilla takes on a subtly sweet warmth with a just a hint of its earlier spikiness.
If you’re familiar with this luxury brand, you’ll know that the presentation is as important (well, almost) as the fragrance itself. The clear glass crystal bottle is decorated with gold foil swirling flares around the Amouage insignia and its white cap is accented by a golden Swarovski crystal. The beautiful mosaic design box is obviously too good to throw away – which is why it’s been designed with removable inserts. I’m thinking cufflinks…
£255 – 100ml Available from Selfridges; Amouage, Lowndes Street, Knightsbridge; www.amouage.com and stockists nationwide