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Sunshine Woman – You’re beautiful – April 10, 2015 New Fragrance Listing

Image - Amouage Sunshine Woman bottle

“What are you wearing?” Gwen asks, as she gets in my car.

“A Cashmere sweater and pants," I reply. “Professional garb.” We’re headed to a function at downtown hotel.

“No, I mean, WHAT are you WEARING! What smells so good?”

“Sunshine Woman. The new Amouage.”

“Ohhh…Sunshine! Just what I need on this cold rainy day! It’s gorgeous, it’s beaut-i-ful!”

My sentiments exactly. I’ve been wearing Sunshine Woman exclusively since the day I bought it a couple of weeks ago. I can’t get enough of it.

It’s not anything like I thought it would be. A “sunshine” fragrance for me immediately conjures visions of citrus, lemon and lime and orange juiciness, neroli and orange blossoms, herbs, sea breeze, and sun-baked earth notes but this 2015 creation by Christopher Chong, Creative Director for Amouage, and perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur, lists not one of those traditional notes.

Sunshine Woman opens with an surprise accord which smells sweet, fruity and medicinal all at the same time. The medicinal note transforms almost immediately into a soft almond, balancing the luscious blackcurrent liqueur and the fruity herbal davana, both of which waft light and soft, so that the opening is inviting, warm and airy rather than overpowering. 

The faint almond carries through into the heart where the white florals bloom in their own private garden, individual notes of jasmine, peachy osmanthus and magnolia blending into a rich luxurious accord, the deeper magnolia wafting through expansively. The gentle almond note takes on a vanillic edge, adding a velvety warmth to the dry-down through the heart and putting me a state of pure bliss…just like the sensation of dozing outside on the deck in the warm sun on the first perfect day of Spring.

The sensation of warmth builds through the base with earthy patchouli and grassy/woody papyrus, cadewood adds a touch of dark smoke and leather, blond tobacco adds a savoury herbal note, and all this luxurious richness swirls around the florals, restrained and complemented by the soft almond vanilla accord. The effect is narcotic, addictive, indescribably gorgeous, not gourmand or floral, but textured and playfully chic.  The scent stays for 10-12 hours on my skin, but its sillage is perfectly contained.

And then there’s the Sunshine Woman bottle. Golden yellow heavy opaque glass with a subdued sparkly finish – sunshine reflecting off glass - and a white cap with a saffron-coloured Swarovski crystal on top. And the box it comes in, which converts to a trinket box – sky blue faux leather outside, soft suede inside – a blue sky to hold the golden sunshine.

Amouage, founded in Oman in 1983 by the Sultan of Oman, really became a player in the luxury niche market when Christopher Chong was made Creative Director in 2006. Together with CEO David Crickmore, Chong has reinvented and reinvigorated the line, working with great perfumers like Jean-Claude Ellena, Maurice Roucel and Jacques Flori to produce some of the richest, luxurious, most gorgeous fragrances money can buy. Now, with Sidonie Lancesseur and Sunshine Woman, Chong is taking Amouage to the next level.

Sunshine Woman is just beautiful. It makes me feel happy. It's my new Vitamin D.


Sunshine Woman is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $7.00 for 1 ml.

Note: We list four Amouage scents in our Decant Store – Amouage Gold for women, Jubilation XXV for men, Fate Man, and Beloved Woman.

The Amouage line is carried in Toronto by niche retail store Niche Essence,