This fragrance has been to my first untrained, later a bit more skilled nose THE archetypal amber. Nothing exceeding, here: not too aromatic or fancy the opening, not too sweet and sugary the development, not too dark and animalic the base. A green, spicy geranium on top, a core of vanilla, a nice round patchouli in the base. I can see how people looking for an amber with a bolder, more distinctive character- more animalic, more aromatic, sweeter, spicier..- can find excellent alternatives on the market, but this fragrance remains the perfect one, for me.
It's a scent I associate with end of year festive days, I feel its warmth and composed sweetness as a source of golden, mellow light, so easy and comfortable to wear, yet elegant and subtle.
The mildest mannered amber I've ever sampled. I don't wear amber to be mild mannered. Dries down all nougat and vanilla, without the sexy edge I look for in this kind of fragrance. Pleasant, but hardly interesting
An amber not for cooler weather? Here it is: light, nigh bright, but definitely amber, albeit with a white floral undertone at times. Added is a touch of tonka. Quite original as a concept, albeit not sensationally unique - but well made. Very good silage and protection with eight hours of longevity.
As others have already pointed out, this amber does not have much in common with the more powerful likes of Ambre Sultan, Ambre Russe, etc.. Not nearly as aggressive and flaring, this is a very soft amber, smoothened by abundant, if not overriding, doses of vanilla and tempered by something cooler, which based on the noted listed here I guess is geranium, though to me it almost smells minty at the outset.
A gentle and appeasing interpretation of amber. Not revolutionary, but hey, not everyone's born to be a superstar.
The light aqueous/botanic (and with botanic i mean slightly grassy/floral and lymphatic) first impact is the prelude to a really simplistic, comforting and graceful ambery aroma. The latter teleports me in those days of the year that in the south Italy herald the upcoming summer, days when i use to face the life with optimism at morning well "showered" by a soapy and neutral soft ambery bath foam. I detect a really affordable amber almost utterly deprived of the usual animalic ambery mould and with a balmy final evolution. I detect the patchouli for sure while the floral presence is undertermined and just watery/grassy in my feel. I agree this scent could be good to be combined as olfactory base for other concoctions. The dry down does not contain powdery woods, moss, musk or honey, just a soft, unpretentious and soapy/balmy amber with a minimal density and a touch of residual fluidity.
I appreciate the restraint of this classic amber - it is proof that even early on in his career, Ellena understood how to make a quiet, lean fragrance that sacrifices little potency. L'Artisan's website lists the notes as geranium, vanilla, and amber, while others add only patchouly to the mix. Clearly, L'Eau d'Ambre's modest projection is necessitated by the simplicity of its structure - powerful fragrances demand a greater degree of complexity so that the wearer does not feel as if they are being bludgeoned by a single overwhelming note or accord. Make no mistake though, at its heart this is an old-school amber fragrance through and through, and the note list tells most of the story: L'Eau d'Ambre begins with light floral and woody undertones before it takes on a cool, sweet, creamy character in the drydown. It all works beautifully. Anyone looking for a classic amber with the volume turned down a bit would do well to investigate L'Eau d'Ambre.