Bracken Man 
Amouage (2016)

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Olivier Cresp

Part of the 'Midnight Flower' collection.

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Reviews of Bracken Man by Amouage

There are 29 reviews of Bracken Man by Amouage.

R.B.A.R, Reformulated Beyond All Recognition AKA watered down, the original was an edp', the new one is an edc.
Tested side by side Yesterday night, the original bottle vs. a recently made sample!
Jun 26, 2021

Wow, the clove, cypress, nutmeg opening can really kick you in the face. It's very likely to put most people off. Then soon enough the unmistakable patchouli adds even more bitter to the already very challenging concoction. As it mellows over the hour, Bracken Man is an herbal, vegetal and earthy beast that has a semi-bitter Lemon and Bergamote undertone. It smells unmistakably Amouage.
Jun 16, 2021

If one ignores the branding (including notes), this is nothing but a mish-mash of two wonderful men's perfumes - Aramis Havana and Montana Parfum d'Homme (which already smell quite similar to one another), with a smidgen of earthy patchouli added, and "refined" / "scrubbed up" so as to match the aesthetic sensibilities of the average Amouage customer. Moderate duration, while sillage is close to skin.

Jun 15, 2021

Do you want a hearty helping of potpourri with your luxe-niche fougere? Then look no further.
Dec 8, 2020

A gentleman with a refined style.It is the prototype of a classical fougere with nice quality ingredients which are very well blended but to create a real classic fougere one must add to the coumarin note and oakmoss. A green,citrusy freshness, combined with the depth of cloves and patchouli.
a perfume that whispers screams but starts where the delicate notes of fresh gradually give way to spicy and woody.

The bitterness of cypress and bergamot,then suddenly from nowhere were born the floral notes of granium and lavender and only at the end of all this celebration of fireworks were succeeded notes of patchouli,musk and woody notes for men with a passion for beautiful things.the fragrance is aimed at men in quest of subtle elegance and absolute virility.
In fact Initially bitter and pungent then it immediately starts to get smooth and dry,as you get whiffs of the cloves and sandalwood It gets into the woody-spicy zone for a bit still very dry but airy and breezy in a way.The base is warm musk anchoring the patchouli which comes over as a dark brooding oud.

Bracked Man is a mature scent that lets the people around you know that you've certainly smells conservative and safe but wearing something this well made is simply a pleasure and bound to attract all kinds of positive attention.suitable for day and night wear.If you like old-school fougeres you have to try this one.

Sillage?Moderate to heavy.

Longevity?Very good on my skin.

Aug 12, 2020

The concept of a perfume house from Oman stepping into the shoes of the French to make a proper 19th century fougère fragrance - not a mid-century powdery barbershop fougère, a 1970's aromatic fougère, a 1980's musky floral fougère, or a 1990's "fresh" fougère - seems like enough evidence to me that perfume has come full-circle as a universal art form rather than a regional specialty, and I'm glad for it. Amouage isn't just any perfume house from Oman however, they are the official perfume house of the royal family itself, and the preeminent perfumer for the region, reknown globally as a pillar of luxury fragrance that competes with Creed, Roja Dove, Xerjoff, Clive Christian, and others for that market segment. Amouage has history with fougères prior to Bracken Man (2016), as evidenced by Reflection Man (2007) and others before it, but never have they tackled the ur-fougère style until now. At once Bracken recalls Houbigant Fougère Royale (1882), but also a host of others in the same vein like Zino Davidoff by Parfums Davidoff (1986), but adds its own unique oriental flavor and domineering projection that ultimately identifies it as an Amouage creation first, and a fougère second. The word "bracken" itself refers to a type of tall fern that is among the largest and most-prolific type in the world, so it seems clear Amouage aims high by adorning the bottle with a depiction of it.

The key thing that separates Bracken Man from other fougères that would chase the same seminal ground is how it merges the cleaner and greener lines of a traditional fougère with heavier doses of patchouli and spice like the semi-oriental fougères born from the lineage of Pierre Cardin pour Monsieur (1972), which include scents like Santos de Cartier (1981) and Creed Bois du Portugal (1987), but still remains sharp rather than growing puffy around the waist like they sometimes can. Amouage Bracken Man achieves this by using a medicinal lavandin in place of traditional lavender, and using a very camphoraceous patchouli in the base where oakmoss in high volume may have once sat. The lavandin is flanked by bergamot, lemon, sour cypriol, clove, and nutmeg up top, while a heart of geranium and cinnamon maintain that 19th century dandy feel of the originating Houbigant entry. The base is full-on patchouli blast, smoothed by a little oakmoss and sandalwood, dried by cedar, and laced with some musk. The patchouli, clove, and lavandin become the focus of Bracken Man by the end, so you better love them. Wear time is all day, plus this is Amouage so you know how the sillage and projection will be (in other words monstrous), so use carefully. Outside of volume adjustment, I see no reason why Bracken Man couldn't be a year-round signature, but this never a casual wear due to its potentially divisive nature. Maybe there is a bit of 1980's in here after all?

All in all, I'm very impressed by Bracken Man. Sometimes the patchouli can be a bit much, like a milder take on the full-on terpetine smell of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle "Monsieur." (2015), but luckily the lavandin and geranium really help steer the course, making that patchouli feel like a forest floor rather than a forest fire. Tom Ford would do similar things perhaps patterned after Amouage Bracken Man with Beau de Jour (2019) in the Private Collection (since promoted to main Signature line in 2020), but tempered the camphor of the patchouli by parly using the akigalawood isolate. I like that one a lot too but letting the patchouli just run wild like Amouage did with Bracken Man just feels more fun, and is more true-to-form for a house that tries to come across tantalizingly exotic yet familiar enough to trust. Of course the $300 price tag does not make Amouage Bracken Man a blind buy nor even a casual pick-up unless you're floating in dough, but after some successful sampling, this is one I'd say is worth working towards for fans of both classic fougères and strong patchouli perfumes. With so many Western takes on oud and other Middle East perfume phenomenon, it's nice to see someone from the other side of that fence return the favor by capturing a Western style in a Middle-Eastern way, even if the final product is more challenging than a traditional fougère. Thumbs up.
Apr 7, 2020

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