Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Parfumerie Générale Aomassaï is a scent of an antique spice box—an oily film on the wood, a scattering of pepper and pimento berries, a mélange of sweetness and muskiness. This unexpected twist arrives after the initial toffee effect, which further accents the opulence of Aomassaï. The ambery resinous richness of the composition makes for a potent woody oriental, which does not speak in half tones. …
Its heft and darkness are intriguing, and as many other fragrances from Parfumerie Générale, it has an exotic quality that serves as one of the main attraction points for this and many other niche perfume brands. The strangeness of Aomassaï makes it interesting; however, its lack of subtlety is what I find a bit tiresome. For this reason, I much prefer using it in the room fragrance form, rather than for scenting my skin. It is a very atmospheric fragrance, and whenever I leave it on the blotter in my office, I return to discover the room filled with its caramelized wood aroma.
Aomassaï includes notes of caramel, hazelnut, spices, vetiver, bitter orange, balsam wood, incense, licorice, wenge wood, resins. It is available directly from Parfumerie Générale.