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Acqua di Lavanda Ambrata / Amber Lavender (1859)
by Santa Maria Novella


Acqua di Lavanda Ambrata / Amber Lavender information

Year of Launch1859
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 16 votes)

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HouseSanta Maria Novella

About Acqua di Lavanda Ambrata / Amber Lavender

Acqua di Lavanda Ambrata / Amber Lavender is a shared / unisex perfume by Santa Maria Novella. The scent was launched in 1859

Reviews of Acqua di Lavanda Ambrata / Amber Lavender

First off, the gender classification of this fragrance is utterly wrong. Lavanda Ambrata is as unisex as they come.

The opening of Lavanda Ambrata is similar to that of Caron's pour un Homme, with the smell of high quality lavender oil prominent to my nose. Where Caron went with vanilla with a musk base, Santa Maria Novella paired the lavender with only amber and not much else. The name of the fragrance seems to be the ingredient list as well. From beginning to (the quite long) end, both lavender and amber are equally balanced. Longevity and projection are impressive on my skin.

I am surprised that LA is not discussed more in the fragrance boards. Such must be it's under-the-radar characteristic. Lovers of Caron's Pour un Homme should pay LA some attention.

Beautiful fragrance, IMO.
05th June, 2016
This is an honest, old-school lavender scent. The lavender top notes are powerful, accurate, intense and quite beautiful.
The dry-down gets fairly sweet, floral, powdery, and a touch vanillan. Thus I lose interest. Even a bit fusty, in my opinion.
But that top note was amazing.
30th January, 2013
"Lavanda Ambrata", is a great lavender with a sweet amber base note which makes it more pleasant to wear during the day than "Imperial Lavender", a dry lavender water which is better for a non-fragrance day or to perfume an handkerchief. I particularly enjoy "Lavanda ambrata" on the countryside where a more sophisticated fragrance would be inappropriate. It could remind you "Pour un Homme" by Caron.
26th May, 2011
Eddie0 Show all reviews
United States
If you love Lanvender, then you might love this, BUT,, it feels like you just put on some straight lavender oil. You might as well dilute some lavender oil and put it on. Not one of SMNs best. And it does not last long, at least not on my skin. I say move on to another Lavender frag.
07th June, 2009
bbBD Show all reviews
United States
Not to be mistaken with the low-quality fragrance of the same name by Jo Malone, this is what Amber/Lavender should be (and what I had hoped from the JM version). The Jo Malone version feature a briefly lived lavender note that is piercing, and dies off quickly leaving an amber base that lasts for about an hour.

SM Novella figured out how to actually combine amber and lavender such that both notes persist throughout the entire life of the fragrance. One experiences both the sharpness of lavender and sweetness of amber together. As with other SMN fragrances, this is a simple accord of high quality, and the name is what you get. This accord lasts through the base, and at times amber is more prominent, and at times lavender, but there is never a point at which you can't detect both.

From what I've learned about SMN, it is a very old, exclusive house that only recently began exporting. The high price reflects the quality of the materials used, and the bottles themselves are from a niche italian glass manufacturer that can be reused.
11th October, 2008
A perfecty balanced scent, that last on my skin more than any other Santa Maria Novella Cologne. Sweet but not silly, elegant but not pretentious, sensuous but not vulgar, simple but interesting. An alfresco by Giotto put in a bottle.
14th July, 2008

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