Amazone (original) fragrance notes

  • Head

    • Bergamot, Geranium, Cassie, Hyacinth
  • Heart

    • Muguet, Orris, Rose, Jasmin
  • Base

    • Cedarwood, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Amber

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Latest Reviews of Amazone (original)

Here are the cool leaves and stems dappled with dew during transitional seasons, either waxing or waning, full of promise or looking back longingly. Blooms burst open with the promise of the sun and recede into the shadows and the fog. There's a horizon at sunrise or a sunset, the full circle is felt more lucidly as each year passes.

I am somehow reminded of these truths when wearing Amazone. It is galbanum green, yet it foreshadows sweet, tender decline. Cassis berries and leaves punctuate the ripe hyacinths and narcissus. Ever so slightly wilting pedals are still beautiful. Aging and decline are not be feared but embraced, encased in iris and sweetened with berry-damascone-rose. "Butterfly's Dream" by Chihei Hatakeyama plays, a weary little Cabbage White flutters to remaining cosmos in the garden. Crisp and woody as the white and green floral procession passes, Amazone envelops velvety and soothing, a moss salve to mark the hunkering down for an approaching winter.

The berry harvest comes to a close come November, allowing for a few more trysts with Amazone when I am feeling somewhat forlorn, torn between the splendor of autumn and the inescapable passage of time. An amber solstice glow appears in its last stages, ushering in the snow.
26th October 2022
Amazone was a green chypre with a rosy heart and Hermès’ habitual note of leather. It was composed by Maurice Maurin in 1974, which was before Ellena took charge of perfumery and kicked out the saddle fetish.
30th December 2020

The opening is a floral blast with the heliotrope thrown in; mainly geranium and hyacinth, with the cassie-sweetness being reigned in a bit by the tarter and slightly bitter bergamot impression. I also get whiffs of muguet a bit after the beginning. This is a nice opening.

The drydown brings out the muguet further and enriches it with other florals, in particular a rose note. Gradually this rose takes on centre stage. It is a rose if medium weight, not quite bright but not dark and brooding either, with a good dash of green rose leaves attached to the flower. Hyacinth and a green jasmine accompany the rose, and a darker orris provides additional depth, with a blackcurrant aroma adding discreet sweetness.

The base still echoes the rose, and a cedar wood impression is added, albeit never very strong. An ambery oakmoss is present, but the moss is quite faint on me. With time the amber becomes stronger; it s a sweet amber that lacks and real harshness - the antithesis to Tom Ford's Amber Absolute. A vetiver instills a slightly brighter light.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin.

A complex spring scent for cooler days and evenings that has a floral core with a strong fruity component.
Not extraordinary, but crafted very well. 3.25/5
1st December 2019
An extremely tidy green rose fragrance. It makes me feel well dressed.
12th November 2019
When Amazone launched in 1974 the woody floral was a sensible and well-populated genre. Ranging from heavily aldehydic numbers like l'Air du Temps and Fleurs de Rocailles to glowing classics like le Dix and le De, woody florals had always been above reproach. But the times they were a-changin' and the perfumes that weren't keeping pace were starting to seem perfunctory and stale. Floral aldehydes had been dominant for so long that they had developed coded meanings to those in the know. Chanel 5 was sophisticated, l'Air de Temps was naive, Estée was tight-assed. But to the great majority of people who smelled them they were just soapy and antiquated. Woody florals struggled to strike the attitude that would appeal to the young woman of the 1970s. New green perfumes like Chanel 19 and Diorella spoke to a more provocative femininity and found an eager audience. Amazone seems designed to find a middle ground between old and new styles. Whether it was successful is difficult to answer.

Amazone would likely have seemed too blatantly fruity to the woman who wore Calèche, Guy Robert's aldehydic woody floral that was the only other female fragrance Hermès offered in 1974. Traditional woody florals carried the citrus topnotes needed to create a pyramid but Amazone put fruit front and center. It was a starchy green floral built from taut spring flowers and apparently a whopping dose of blackcurrant. It was crisp rather than lush and while it was a new style for Hermès, it had the conservative sensibility of the house.

To the modern nose shaped by florals like Escada Chiffon Sorbet and Alain Delon Samourai Pinkberry (an actual perfume, apparently) Amazone comes off like most other woody florals from previous generations. Pick your favorite word of disdain–they've all been used. Mumsy, frumpish, dowdy, démodé. Amazone was Hermès's first attempt to find a young female market and the brand wasn't known for nurturing a socially progressive buyer. Amazone didn't try–or didn't try hard enough–to target the boho bougie style that Dior and Chanel nailed with Diorella and Cristalle. The perfume's warrior name implied an audacious femininity that the perfume didn't deliver. Hermès seem to have gotten a foot in the door to the rising feminism of the decade but never quite opened it and marched through. The image of femininity it conjured was conflicted and contradictory, a bit like another oddity of the era, the folk-singing nun.

With Amazone, Hermès mediated the youth movement of the era by effectively ignoring it, a pattern the marque would repeat when it launched the jaunty Eau de Cologne Hermès/Eau d'Orange Vert into the heart of the punk era in 1979. Denial or cultural tone-deafness. Pick your choice.

But time heals all blah, blah and vintage Amazone is an excellent wear today for anyone who chooses to reclaim it. (There are plenty of vintage bottles still available.) The florals are dynamic and the woods are rich but understated. The perfume has an acidulated snap that flouts today's ongoing trend for sweetened fruits and florals. It's a wonderful bit of irony that defying trend–which made Amazone seem out of place in 1974–makes it seem novel today.

Maybe it's a result of my Catholic schooling by nuns. Maybe it's my contemplation of the the self-restraint involved in wearing a full religious habit. Either way, the singing nun routine strikes me as just the right kind of kink and I happily wear Amazone while the refrain of “Dominique” echoes through my head.

27th June 2018
This opens as a bright, sharp, green floral with a prominent hyacinth note. A few minutes in, it turns unpleasantly bitter on my skin, but after an hour the bitterness fades, leaving a softer green floral accord. At this point I get lily of the valley, & later a fresh & pretty rose, with a soft vetiver beneath. Four hours in it's very soft, but lasts around ten hours before fading out.
This isn't my usual type of thing, & I'm giving it a neutral rating because I dislike that bitter phase. But after this it's really a quite lovely floral, evocative of springtime. One that I think all lovers of green florals would appreciate!
2nd December 2016
Turin gave this three stars and called it a "woody floral." He found it well done, but ultimately uninteresting.

I find it to begin fruity in a dry sharp cassis note, surrounded by pine woods green, although there are no notes in the make-up to suggest that scent, with a dry down to vetiver and amber.

Barbara Herman liked its "earthy, grassy vetiver with light florals and a warm berry sweetness."

Its longevity is not great, so the interesting match of the cassis with the pine note disappears pretty quickly.

Nice as a splash but not memorable.
7th August 2014
A fresh, sharp chypreA very interesting fragrance that is sharp, herbal, dry, and woody. I own the EDP, age unknown; the liquid is greenish-yellow rather than the golden yellow in the above image.Bergamot and black current, no sweet notes at all, leaped out at me from the first spray. It's sharp, green, and sour. Some might dislike this sharpness, but if you're patient, this develops into a unique and refreshing fragrance that is unlike any others. In some ways, Amazone reminds me of Ma Griffe and Coriandre; they all share a sharp greenness, but Amazone has a wholly different drydown.When the heart notes begins to appear, the bitterness is tempered by a touch of sweetness from the floral notes. Iris and jasmine are most prominent on my skin. They never really take over the green notes--they simply add depth. The light touch with the florals makes this an especially nice fragrance for very hot weather when strong florals seem cloyingly sweet.The drydown retains some of the herbal notes of the opening but mellows into a warm, mossy, and woody fragrance over time. "Amazone" is the perfect name for this assertive, non-girly-girl fragrance. One of a kind. Easily unisex. (Ya gotta love those 70s frags!)The sillage is strong, longevity good, over 7 hours.Pros: Refreshing, complexCons: Longevity could be better
18th May 2013
Nice, casual, unimpeachable. In my opinion more of a fruity green than a green chypre, despite the alleged oakmoss in the bass. Sparkling pear at the top fades down into a faint, undefinable warm/cool bottom. Reminds me a little of Galanos. Totally pleasant, but to me unnecessary in a world that already contains Chamade and Chanel no. 19.
3rd May 2010
Amazone is really classy stuff! It smells like Givenchy III, Chanel No 19, Chanel Pour Monsieur, Lancome's Climat, Guerlain's Chamade and PdN's Temps d'Une Fete all got together, decided to combine the best of all their parts, and this is the fantastic result: Green, smooth, utterly impeccable, classy floral/green-chypre. Amazone is absolutely unisex and one of those anytime, anyplace go-to "white shirt" fragrances. I especially like the earthy, almost smokey oakmoss and vetiver that grounds it more than its more ethereal & floral cousins. It has a late summer "meadow & dried leaves" accord that is fantastic. A must-try for green chypre lovers.
7th August 2009
in fact it worked. when i was a teen i used to apply some drops of this magic potion before gone clubbing- the result?i felt more confident and succeed
13th September 2008
When i tried it on paper and on my wrist i have enjoyed many sparkling flower and citrus notes. I was planning to buy one when my sample runs out. But then i wore it on a hot day and i got too much pepper note which would make you think i ate too much chilis and sweating paper aroma. I could not believe to my nose at first try and retried. Result same. have to forget about it.
9th September 2008