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L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême / Ambre Extrême (2001)
by L'Artisan Parfumeur

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L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême / Ambre Extrême information

Year of Launch2001
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 201 votes)

People and companies

HouseL'Artisan Parfumeur
PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group

About L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême / Ambre Extrême

L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême / Ambre Extrême is a shared / unisex perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur. The scent was launched in 2001 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême / Ambre Extrême fragrance notes

Reviews of L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême / Ambre Extrême

A gorgeous, powdery and sweetish amber. I visited a shop with my now boyfriend and he has bought it directly as his first niche fragrance. I had to get a bottle for myself as well. It’s beautiful and unisex. People say we smell different when we both use it. Powerful but soft. Natural. The dry down smells like dry wood in a sauna.
23rd April, 2019
Kind of a dull amber somewhat powdery scent. I liked it well enough to finish a 2mL sample, but not well enough ever to buy more.
02nd February, 2019
The first thing you notice is the metallic tang, evoking tea trays and coffee pots shining in the warm light of brass lamps. In combination with the rosy accord (could there be damascones lighting up the profile here?) and notes that suggest Rahat Loukhoum - Turkish Delight, almond pastries and a certain juicy rosewater feel, you have a work that's partly reminiscent of the hospitalities of an Arabian boudoir.

The other notable thing is the antique character of L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême. It smells somehow old fashioned and this gives it the feel of an homage to early 20th century perfume. It's an impressive achievement - to recreate the atmosphere of a pre-modern perfume using 21st century materials.

The name Amber Water captures the technical brilliance of the jus very well; its an eau that recalls a heavy Amber construction.

Something less clear about this perfume can be teased out from the second part of the name; Extreme. Why Extreme? Surely a watery amber is an oxymoron - a contradiction in terms - Ambers are not watery by nature, so isn't this just a compromise between two genres? This further begs the question - why bother, why not just do an Amber pure and simple? Isn't this simply an exercise in perfume pyrotechnics?

Well, it is technically adept, the two genres being successfully fused to produce an Amber and twangy rose hybrid, so it's not a compromise on that score. But when you strip away the clever conceits adorning LdAE: the Arabian Nights atmosphere, the metallic trickery, the gourmand notes, the homage to pioneering perfumes, what's left? Does it stand on its own terms? In other words does it pass the Guy Robert test that 'a perfume should above all smell good'?

Absolutely yes. It overcomes the many doubts I had when embarking on this analysis. It's a rose water Amber that smells good and has interesting subtleties that go beyond what could be expected from the average member of the Amber family.

The usual questions of longevity that hang over an Ellena jus can be overcome by spraying under clothing. This maintains the liquid beauty of the rose far longer than on skin, where it much sooner hurries on to its dusty floral conclusion. Development is a bit static but at heart it's an Amber so no fault there.

Ultimately this is a solidly enjoyable outing which successfully articulates a novel idea. At the same time it can be simply enjoyed at a surface level, putting aside all recondite probing of its cogency.

****
26th January, 2016
Lovely for what it is, but this is really just the tail-end of an Oriental fragrance. Buttery-sweet, and with a hint of powderiness on the edges, this would make a good skin scent for people who wish they liked sandalwood but somehow do not.
03rd January, 2016
Lovely amber scent. Boozy and floral, soothing and rich in talcum sweetness. But still it smells a bit toned down, still missing something to make it stand next to other amber milestones - L'Artisan's signature paleness, most probably.

6,5-7/10
28th February, 2014 (last edited: 26th April, 2014)
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United States
LASTS ALL DAY

I wore this early afternoon and it was still going strong when I woke up. very simply made amber and powder scent. albeit feminine I could see a guy wearing it in the winter. I have a 15 ml bottle that should do me fine. I won't splurge for a fb but do appreciate it for what it is..

Pros: SWEET POWDER
Cons: SWEET POWDER"

05th August, 2013

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