Anbar opens with a zesty-sour lemon accord on a subtle floral-camphoraceous accord (which will eventually emerge better later on), with an overall quite bold feel of insecticide - that type of anti-mosquitos citronellol-based products. On the very base I also detect something slightly musky, almost urinous, but more on the “ammonia” side. As minutes pass the floral note becomes more crisp and bold, also fresh and bright at first, really natural and “botanical”, a fresh carnation-neroli accord with tart lemon drops. Once the fresh head notes vanish the scent becomes then increasingly drier, darker, more “adult” somehow, with the floral-spices accord (cloves are quite easy to spot) taking the stage. During this phase, which is basically the drydown already, it’s quite all about neroli, carnation and lavender, supported by a subtle dusty-warm feel (I guess it’s amber). Bright yet powerful and quite simple, with in my opinion a remarkable “chemical” feel that makes it sadly not that pleasant to wear after a while – that initial “insecticide” feel won’t really go away, despite the evolution. The drydown is fairly nice, as it’s mostly a floral-soapy-ambery gentle smell, but nothing special really, and again smelling a bit cheap to me. The price is fair enough, though, and the persistence is surprisingly long.
I'm new to this game, but sample of this cologne that just arrived at my doorstep is terrible.
I strong citrus opening which was pleasant and quite mature, but after about an hour the citrus was in a death roll with a clove scented crocodile. Now I may be an olfactory philistine, but cloves on my skin is an offensive smell.
I wish my nose and/or skin chemistry allowed me to share the experience of the reviewers whom gave this cologne a thumbs up.
A long lasting EDC at a very reasonably price. Anbar opens with the usual blast of citruses (mainly lemon and mandarine-orange to me) supported by a faint lavender note. Neroli breaks in right away providing the typical Eau De Cologne vibe while a sublte amber note starts to lurk in the back. The fragrance evolves turning into a very simple, yet nonetheless enjoyable, neroli/amber drydown. A very nice all rounder...
I sampled all three from the cologne series and came home with Anbar. That's not to say that I didn't like the rest, it was a winner above the rest. Citrico's longevity was much too short. Vettiveru's scent was great but much too common. Anbar starts off like Citrico but ends with a character all its own. Creamy orange blossom. Some have said like a jawbreaker but I never liked jawbreakers as a kid so I wouldn't know but the scent does remind me of a candy for sure. However, since this aspect of the cologne reveals itself on the drydown it's not overtly sweet. It's a thoroughly engaging experience and that's why I bought the 500ml bottle.
Expectation is the issue with an eau de cologne. What do you want? Citrus? Yes. Uncomplicated? Yes. Easy to wear? Yes. Long lasting? Not likely. Anbar finds a little bit of a work around here. The name should give it away. Amber is a material that gives a longer drydown missing from most colognes. This is a cologne that both lasts and has a bit more time evolution than most. It starts with a simple lemon with a touch of lavender. Granted it’s a fairly loud lemon, but the lavender takes a bit of the edge off. Soon a bit of green from petitgrain or some other citrus leaf/twig. In the drydown, there is a ghost of the lemon and petitgrain held up by a simple sweet amber and what seems like a bit of musk. Dull? I can’t say no. But does it have endurance? Yeah.
I went back and forth between this and Vettiveru which is arguably much more interesting. In the end bought Anbar. If what you want is a simple cologne, but want it to last longer than dressing and walking out of the house, this works. Eau d’Hermès and Mugler’s cologne are interesting takes on cologne, too, and are the two other eaux de cologne I wear, but they don’t have the simplicity of Anbar
05th December, 2010 (last edited: 13th January, 2015)
It’s so long since I smelled 4711, I can’t tell whether this one really does bring back those blue and gold splendours or whether my brain is just taking another of its fantasy-shortcuts to the conclusion : ‘rank, over-emphatic cologne’. Odd too, that I’ve worn three mandarin scents in nearly as many days (Tarocco, Hespérides, and this one) and in what turns out to be a descending order of merit, for, though the CdG idea of making colognes with warmer components than usual triumphed in Vettiveru, the project clanks to an impasse here. This dinky orange is drowning in a recently disinfected bathroom bowl. The amber is pushed by the carnation and musk to a curdled opoponax and the citrus responds by turning hissy and cheap. Heartening, in a way, that something so misjudged could get past the corporate guard. Twee and repulsive, like a Komodo dragon in a pink cardie (you know those shocking pictures where people have dressed up their pets, well, like that). There’s an aftertang of cola too. How odd, and yet faintly appealing in the way a squint can be attractive. ‘Anbar’, so they say, is Arabic for amber; it’s also a province of Iraq, where stuff went on you don’t want to think about when dousing yourself of a morning.