Al Mas (Arabic for the Diamond) is a gorgeous gourmand attar centered around rose and saffron. Fragrantica shows the following notes for Al Mas: top notes of lemon and rosemary; middle notes of lily-of-the-valley, geranium, clary sage, rose, saffron and oriental notes; and base notes of sandalwood, moss, musk, ambergris, agarwood (oud) and cedar.
Basenotes shows these as the notes for Al Mas: top notes of rose and oriental spices; middle notes of saffron, amber and musk; and base notes of sandalwood, oud wood and cedarwood. I'm going with the Basenotes listings because I don't get a lot of the notes listed on Fragrantica when I wear Al Mas.
The following is an excerpt from a review from Kafkaesque:
On Valentine’s Day, 2010, Amouage released Al Mas which means “diamond” in Arabic. It opens as a delicious gourmand attar centered on saffron and rose, atop a subtle base of woods. The notes include rose, oriental spices, saffron, amber, musk, sandalwood oil, oudh wood oil and cedarwood.
The first few seconds of Al Mas on my skin are a little similar to the glorious Tribute attar, only without the tarry birch and its loads of dark smoke. The impression of a gourmand version of Tribute lasts but for a few moments, however, as the fragrance quickly turns into every delicious Middle Eastern saffron dessert imaginable. There are gallons and gallons of sweet, syrupy saffron and rose, followed by amber, musk, and the most delicate hints of oud.
Five minutes in, Al Mas turns profoundly nutty and honeyed. I almost expect to see pistachios and nuts sprinkled on top of the saffron rose. A powerful layer of treacly, gooey, thick honey quickly infuses the duo, overwhelming the hints of smoky incense and adding to the impression of Middle Eastern desserts. The sweetness in Al Mas impacts the rose, turning it deeper, sweeter, and quite fruity in its syrupy heart.
Around the 90-minute mark, Al Mas shifts and changes. It suddenly turns much drier, and starts to hover closer to the skin. The smoke has increased, as has the oud, countering the sweetness in the fragrance with an equal amount of smoky woodiness. With every passing hour, the syrupy, gourmand elements in Al Mas weaken, and the oud-frankincense combination grows in strength.
The fragrance turns into a skin scent about 3.5 hours in, wafting a sheer, delicate gauzy veil of oud smoke with nutty, sweet saffron and a touch of rose.
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