Interlude Woman by Karine Vinchon for Amouage 2012

Hey Hey to you,

Interlude woman is a Karine Vinchonr perfume (Coeur de Vetiver Sacre & Jamantsi: L’Artisan’s first completely natural (with ecology certificate) frag, Memoir Man & Opus III for Amouage) and it looks like everything, including a bag of chips and the kitchen sink, have been squished into this gorgeous blue and gold chess queen of a bottle.

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, grapefruit, ginger, tagete (marigold)
Heart: Rose, frankincense, jasmine, orange blossom, helichrysum (immortelle), opoponax, sandalwood, walnut, coffee, kiwi, honey
Base: Vanilla, benzoin, amber, sandalwood, oakmoss, leather, tonka, musk, agarwood

What do I smell? I have read quite a few reviews of Amouage’s Interlude Woman since its release to bloggers and then the market. I read in most of them that this fragrance will not be pinned down, is different every wear, has facets that change with your mood, the weather, your outfit. OMG!! It is true beyond my wildest imaginings. Interlude Woman is a chameleon, a shape shifter, a will-o-the-wisp. The first thing I smell is a mix of coffee (almost chocolate, mocha perhaps), ginger and honey. It smells like the taste of an extremely expensive block of chocolate with ginger and, after a short while, citrus zest. There is temple incense, some very fresh and some over ripe fruit, floral necklaces and offerings. There is humanity, domesticated animals, there is warm lived in pyjamas, the dusty smell of history and the modern smell of cake bakery.

Interlude Woman by Amouage contains worlds. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and melancholia. Another wear gives bright, shining youthful exuberance and fearlessness. It is saris, suits, slacks, suede, seraglio, sauna and sleep. There are prayers, heartbreak, wishes, love, yearning and even relief. It can smell 100, 21, 5000 or 1 year old. I cannot explain it better than my betters. I can merely drift on the dream that is Interlude Woman, being taken on an adventure.

The Reception by John Frederick Lewis Stolen from wikipedia

Not a loud fragrance, though it quietly insists that you notice it and has excellent sillage. The scent bubble is good and could overwhelm in a close or scentphobicworkplace. On the flip side I think it is definitely wearable for dates, shopping, coffee, drinks and parties. Give Interlude Woman an extra spritz and it’s good to party till the sunrise and then frolic till lunchtime. Staying power is better than most fragrances but not as never ending as some Amouage offerings. I can’t tell you exactly when the fragrance leaves my skin but it is over 5 hours on my least tenacious wear to 9+ hours and then maintains a skerik of skin scent.

TheAlembicatedGenie weaves a tale around the Interludes and CaFleurBon shows how a review should be done.
SurrenderToChance has Interlude Man & Woman starting at $4/ml

This is a must try fragrance for any perfumista, it is beautiful and wearable and accessible for even the newest noses. It’s fragrances like Interlude woman that keep me stuck firmly down the fragrance wormhole. I’m so grateful to be here.
Do you have a perfume that wears different every time? Maybe you have a favourite Amouage or you have tried the Interludes, how was your experience? Does it differ to mine or is it much the same? Join the conversation, we love to read from you.
Till tomorrow look after yourselves,
Portia xx

26 comments on “Interlude Woman by Karine Vinchon for Amouage 2012

  1. lucasai says:

    Interlude Woman really is interesting. I liked it much better than male Interlude. In Woman version a lot more happens and the fragrance transforms with every move.

    • Hey Lucasai,
      It is interesting, and it does transform. I think the Woman is gorgeous and totally wearable but there is no way I could concentrate on anything else when I have the man on. It is explosive on me.
      Are there other Amouage frags that you love?
      Portia xx

      • lucasai says:

        It really is strong and I see that it can cause problems with concentrating. So man version is better for you, hmm.

        My favourite Amouage is Lyric Man, I like it the most.

      • The man is more intense for me, I am lost and bewildered when I wear it, only tried it twice and both times my mind went from me in a shot. So no, it’s not better. Interlude Woman is a fragrance I think I could rock.
        I’ve yet to try Lyric. I really like the reflection woman.
        Portia xx

  2. Tatiana says:

    “Interlude Woman by Amouage contains worlds. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and melancholia. Another wear gives bright, shining youthful exuberance and fearlessness. It is saris, suits, slacks, suede, seraglio, sauna and sleep. There are prayers, heartbreak, wishes, love, yearning and even relief. It can smell 100, 21, 5000 or 1 year old. I cannot explain it better than my betters. I can merely drift on the dream that is Interlude Woman, being taken on an adventure.”
    I really love this paragraph. Without listing notes, it truly describes this scent. You have a lovely way with the written word. It conjures up all the magic and joy of this fragrance.
    I bought a split of this unsniffed from Ruth on FBFF. Oh my, my, my, my. It truly is a shape shifter. I am waiting for more cool weather so I can wear it more. It’s hard to wear in 30 to 35 degree weather. I really want to try Honour Woman. If I was really rich, I would by a bottle of this, Lyric Woman and Honour and have a set of blue, white and red bottles out on my dresser. Of course, I love Memoir Woman, too.
    Guess I’d better get busy selling off my unused, unloved scents to make room and money for the loves.

    • Hey Tatiana,
      Thank you. I am SMILING!!
      We are sniffing from the same Ruth split! That is TOTALLY cool. Split sister. Isn’t it magic?
      Have you put a sell list on FFF or Fragrance Swap or MyMickers Fragrance Community. They might be good places to start offloading.
      Portia xx

      • Tatiana says:

        Haven’t put up a list yet. I’ve been traveling a bit lately and hate to put up a list when I haven’t been around to pay attention to it. I’ll be in New York this week and when I return I have every intention of starting a post. Of course, I have some bottles I’m sure NO ONE will want.

      • HA HA HA!! We ALL do.
        Portia xx

  3. Jordan River says:

    Superlative writing. And I thought I was so content with Memoir Man and Jubilation XXV. Clearly I am resting on Amouage laurels when I should be plucking this bloom. You’ve given me quite a pleasant pause Portia. Emeli made the weekend beautiful and you dear Portia have scent me wafting into the week.

  4. Dubaiscents says:

    Great review, Portia! I love this scent and while, Interlude Man is my favorite of the two you really cannot compare since they are so unique. I have to agree with you that the only slight downside is that it doesn’t seem to last as long as some of the Amouage greats. One SA suggested layering it with an Attar (the oil) which I plan to try now that I actually own one (from my visit to the Muscat flagship store last week!). You do such a great job of putting into words such a complicated scent, thank you!

  5. Undina says:

    Good review! I completely agree that it is a chameleon perfume. I still do not know what to think about Interlude. The first time I tested it I thought that would be my next FB. But the very next time I wore it I couldn’t figure out what I liked so much the previous time. I will be testing it more – who knows what I’ll think next?

  6. laniersmith says:

    It sounds to me like Cleopatra’s golden barge just sailed into Sydney Harbor!
    This is indeed something I have to smell and then dream of lost empires.

  7. Tara says:

    Wonderful review, Portia. I only just sprayed the tester of Interlude Woman on skin this weekend but it made quite an impression. It does indeed contain worlds! I also agree that every perfume lover should sample it.

    I can’t wait to try it again and envy your decant. Who knows whether I will end up loving it or not, but I admire it no end. There’s just so much going on there and it sadly rare to get so challenged and intrigued by a new release.

    • Hey Tara,
      You have put into words what I failed to convey.
      “There’s just so much going on there and it’s sadly rare to get so challenged and intrigued by a new release.” WOW! Exactly what I would have said if I’d thought of it.
      Thank you,
      I hope you do end up with a love verdict, the more I wear it the more I want to. I can feel myself careening towards a full bottle.
      Portia xx

  8. Musette says:

    When I sampled the Interludes for review I remember thinking I was more in love with IMan than IWoman – but recently I have found myself totally captivated by Woman. I’m so glad to know you got the coffee note, too. I remember my first reaction being ‘coffee and lemons??? huh.” And dust. Which sounds horrible – but is gorgeously compelling.

    I loved this review, Portia. Just lovely!!!!


    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I love YOU Musette.
      Dust! It’s interesting isn’t it, like looking at antiques or cleaning out store rooms. There is a real coffee bang at the start most wears for me too. Awesome frag.
      Portia xx

  9. Natalie says:

    I agree with all. This makes quite an impression, but then keeps me second (and third, and fourth) guessing that impression.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      So right Natalie. What a fragrance!
      Has this ever happened to you before?
      Portia xx

      • Natalie says:

        Yes, but probably the only other times I remember it being so dramatic was with No. 19 and Mon Parfum Cherie Par Camille, which took me a while to get to grips with but ended up being real favorites. How about you?

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        I can’t remember this ever happening so outrageously. I think Trayee by Neela Vermeire was one that changed on different wearings, sometimes Terre d’Hermes wears like it’s a completely different fragrance but most give me a regular ride only changed by temp, food and tiredness meters.
        There are others I’m sure but can’t put my mind to them today, sorry,
        Portia xx

  10. Dionne says:

    I still haven’t tried any of the Amouages, but all ya’ll keep wearing me down with these great reviews. Someday I’ll cave. 😉 My most changeable perfume right now is Après l’Ondée – sometimes it’s all about the heliotrope, other times I’m pulling iris, sometimes violet – I love how it shimmers.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hiya Dionne,
      I got a bog fat decant of Apres Londee but my skin eats it in around 2 hours. The story is great but short. I’m glad someone gets the full ride.
      On our next frag swap I’ll send you some Amouage.
      Portia xx

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