Ambra / Amber (1828)
    by Santa Maria Novella


    • Launched: 1828
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
    • Perfumer: Unknown - Let us know
    • Bottle Designer: Unknown - Let us know


    Average Rating: 3

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    Ambra / Amber information

    Ambra / Amber is a unisex fragrance by Santa Maria Novella. The scent was launched in 1828

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    danielremy's avatar

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    I think Ambra is misunderstood by the reviewers. Forget about Shalimar or Ambre114, Ambra is amber in the 19th century way, which is also the original way as we can see it with Eau des Merveilles: something salty. In Ambra this marine base is mixed with birch tar in an amazing way not very gothic but not modern either. Really worth a try for those who look for something original.

    31st January, 2012

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    Don’t expect much from SMN’s Amber (Ambra) if you don’t care for birch tar. This one is typically SMN in the opening – harsh but bearable and charmingly rustic... and then it goes to what to me is a very disagreeable birch note, and that note pretty much continues through the run of the fragrance. The amber, shows up later, but is weak, arid, and not especially an adequate representative of the concept of “amber.” Luckily the fragrance doesn’t last. I love the Santa Maria Novella fragrances… they have a rustic charm and admirable dedication to Italian tradition. Unfortunately, in addition to its charm and dedication, this one also has birch tar. SMN has many, many fragrances better than this one…

    24 January, 2011

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    Don’t expect much from SMN’s Ambra (Amber) if you don’t care for birch tar. This one is typically SMN in the opening – harsh but bearable and charmingly rustic... and then it goes to what to me is a very disagreeable birch note, and that note pretty much continues through the run of the fragrance. The amber, shows up later, but is weak, arid, and not especially an adequate representative of the concept of “amber.” Luckily the fragrance doesn’t last. I love the Santa Maria Novella fragrances… they have a rustic charm and admirable dedication to Italian tradition. Unfortunately, in addition to its charm and dedication, this one also has birch tar. SMN has many, many fragrances better than this one…

    20th January, 2011 (Last Edited: 24 January, 2011)

    bbBD's avatar

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    I've tried quite a few SMNs by now, and this is the only clunker I've yet to come across from this house. Instead of a robust amber, this fragrance is transparent and feels very synthetic. Nearly any other niche amber would be better, which is surprising because SMN's own Amber/Lavender is quite good, and very rich.

    If you want something sweet from SMN, go with the Vaniglia.

    12 January, 2009

    robyogi's avatar

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    For some reason, Basenotes has both "Amber" and "Ambra" listed in the Directory as SMN fragrances. I think they are the same, with "Ambra" being the Italian word for "Amber."

    Anyway, I think this fragrant is a bit misleadingly named. It's really got more birch tar than amber. It opens loud and harsh, as many SMN frags are wont to do; think herbal and bitter, and a little off-kilter, possibly "gothic" (though to be honest, I'm not sure what that means when it comes to fragrance). As it dries down, the amber comes into play, but it is light at that point, more a powdery, semi-sweet skin scent than the voluptuous amber I am used to smelling in other fragrances. My main complaint is that on me it doesn't last.

    04 March, 2007

    robyogi's avatar

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    For some reason, Basenotes has both "Amber" and "Ambra" listed in the Directory as SMN fragrances. I think they are the same, with "Ambra" being the Italian word for "Amber."

    Anyway, I think this fragrant is a bit misleadingly named. It's really got more birch tar than amber. It opens loud and harsh, as many SMN frags are wont to do; think herbal and bitter, and a little off-kilter, possibly "gothic" (though to be honest, I'm not sure what that means when it comes to fragrance). As it dries down, the amber comes into play, but it is light at that point, more a powdery, semi-sweet skin scent than the voluptuous amber I am used to smelling in other fragrances. My main complaint is that on me it doesn't last.

    04 March, 2007

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