Beach Hut Man by Elise Benat for Amouage 2017




Hi there Niche Nerds,

When I heard the name Beach Hut Man I laughed out loud. Not because it’s funny but because I was so surprised. The new direction that Amouage is going in is interesting. No one can say that Christopher Chong is afraid of change, experimentation or surprise. Having built up a stable of hefty, Arabic inspired, gloriously fabulous perfumes in the Amouage house he then moved to produce the Library series. They took me a while to get but others were much faster learners. Now he is bringing The Midnight Flower Collection which started with Bracken.

Beach Hut Man by Amouage 2017

Beach Hut Man by Elise Benat


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Mint, orange blossom, galbanum
Heart: Vetiver, moss, ivy
Base: Myrrh, patchouli, woody note

interesting, like a chic mint patty being eaten while sitting on the damp grass under a tree near the compost heap. There’s also a note I’m smelling quite a lot in modern niche that is woody, warm and slightly electric. It’s a funny note because it jumps over everything else for me, thank goodness I really like it. Something warm and cosy about sit yet largely space age. Maybe it’s the idea of the smell of burning sand and baking driftwood?

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I really like how Beach Hut Man smells. It has this electro mint thing, a green, dank, earthy space smell and this weird woody/salty/glassy smell. Interesting.

One thing it doesn’t smell is finished. There felt like no synchronicity was ever reached, no full melding and blending of the parts. It’s like they are warring factions, unresolved and unhappy to be in the same perfume. I’m no perfumer, or even a real connoisseur, but Beach Hut Man smells slightly lazy and/or amateur to me. (Ducks) It smells like a newly minted indie frag, a boundary pusher, a slap. It in no way smells like a super smooth finished product from a mass-tige brand sold in department stores. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. It’s raw, a bit rough, weird and eminently wearable.

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Will I wear my decant? Yes, I’m so bloody intrigued that I’m taking it with me on holidays. By the time you read this I’ll probably have bought a bottle.

Further reading: Persolaise and Brooklyn Fragrance Lover
Libertine has $435/100ml FREE Australian Delivery
Surrender To Chance has samples from $4.59/0.5ml

Are you interested in trying this one?
Portia xx

9 thoughts on “Beach Hut Man by Elise Benat for Amouage 2017

  1. I would like to try it for this comment alone:
    ‘… like a chic mint patty being eaten while sitting on the damp grass under a tree near the compost heap.’ The visual made me laugh!
    I am like Kramer. I want a fragrance that absolutely speaks of the ocean to me, and so I am tempted to try anything with marine notes, driftwood, sand, salt, so ‘burning sand and driftwood’ would inspire me to try it.
    I once read a description of CK2 as ‘beachy pebbles’, which made me seek it out, but I need to try that again, as my spritz didn’t last long. Also, as we don’t tend to have pebbly beaches here in Australia, so maybe it’s a whole other beach scent that my nose doesn’t recognise.


    • Hey there Sue,
      I don’r recall pebbly beaches smelling much different to our sandy beaches but I wasn’t a perfumista in my UK years. I may have a completely different view now.
      Liz born many years ago did a fragrance called Harbinger, it was the most seaside scent I’d ever smelled.
      Bugler’s Womanly has a terrific salty sea accord over the fig. Very real.
      Portia xx


      • Thanks, Portia, I need to try Womanity again, too. Dithered over a bottle on sale and then of course it was discontinued. I might as well just have a list of discontinued fragrances and go through the list! Will have to add Harbinger to that, too. Thanks for the suggestions.


  2. I’m always on the lookout for a good mint fragrance, so I certainly would give this a sniff, but I have to say that the review didn’t make me feel like I would drop $450 on a bottle of it.


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