Ambra Aurea opens with a bold, dry, classic, straightforward amber accord, with the same medicinal, slightly animalic and herbal aftertaste of Ambre Sultan, which however is more vibrant and complex – Ambra Aurea is instead more "monolithic", still fascinating in its way, and also bears a more camphor-salty-metallic vibe all over. Basically almost a dark chypre, dusty and gloomy, with a tasty base of myrrh and a slight boozy feel too. The incense note emerges slowly, and it's clearly, and sadly, a synthetic, Iso-E/ambroxan-driven note, which ruins a bit the general mood of the scent – it all gets cleaner, plainer, more artificial and dull. Still pleasant overall, quite short longevity, with an illusory opening quite better than the evolution. Amber is quite a "tricky" territory for me, as when it comes to give my opinion on amber fragrances, I tend to compare all of them to my "sacred triad" of ambers – Ambre Sultan, Ambre Precieux, Ambre Russe. I have not found a fourth one yet with "that something" that makes it stand it near those. Some are "almost" that good, this one sure is not, it's barely nice and decently done. By the way, not sure if my sample was corrupted, but the juice was quite dense and it stained my shirt – beware.
09th June, 2014 (last edited: 26th June, 2014)
After Profumi Del Forte's Ambra Mediterrana this has to be one of the greatest and most sublime and richest Ambergris driven amber fragrance I've ever smelt. A lot a of people complain about the price, but I've heard on good authority that Ambra Aurea is stronger than most normal perfume extraits. For the $240 you are getting 100ml of parfum with a staggering concentration of 46% which is higher than most extraits available in the market! So stop complaining and buy a bottle! :-P
I will not discuss too much about the notes or on AA's smell profile as others have faithfully and eloquently discussed it already here. However I will write about its physical properties....
.Its wonderful on its own but also can easily be layered with other fragrances just do not be too trigger happy.....believe me when I say one squirt should suffice. Its one of those fragrances to me where little is more interms of the effects it portrays over the hours on its own or with other fragrances. Another reason to control your trigger finger is that AA lasts a considerable amount of time on skin and especially on clothing........overnight on skin, a week or more on clothing. :-)
06th March, 2013 (last edited: 16th March, 2013)
I subscribe at all what Asha had to assert, ambergris absolute is the main note with all its mild, animal, nutty and almost medicinal depth but all the facets and nuances each reviewer talks about are apart from the complexity of amber and are carried out for sure by obscure hints of labdanum together with some smoke, vanilla, woods and incense. The almost chemical undertone whirling around is not associated to smoky incense but to ambergris with its tail of sweet and at once salty-bitter-spicy pleasure. Several mild woods, together with woodsy-leathery labdanum and olibanum balance the sweetness of amber as well as happens than in my favourite amber, Ambra Nera by Farmacia SS. Annunziata, the coniferous, earthy-rooty and champhoraceous notes manage to balance the mellifluence from smoky and caramellous amber. Profumum Ambra Aurea is enyway in each sense a full, rich, multifaceted and intense amber. I detect the similarities with Ambre Sultan that is equally rich, more dense and properly caramellous while this one is more balanced, mossy and incensey-leathery. A sumptuous amber.
29th October, 2011 (last edited: 27th December, 2014)
A dark, resinous, warm and sensual amber fragrance, probably one of my favourites because of its deep and obscure character, softened by some saline and rounding facets - surely due to
its high percentage of ambergris that gives this fragrance its wonderful identity.
As all other Profvmvm fragrances, its quite oily texture add a long-lasting but close-to-skin quality at the same time.
First of all, l do not think this is at all similar to Ambre Sultan; the Sultan is much more herbal & medicinal than this one. This fragrance is most similar to Tom Ford's Amber Absolute, & along with that one, it is one of the very best ambers that l've tried. l also find it much more satisfying than its' sister fragrance, Fiore d'Ambra.
This has the "wow" factor for me; a strong, raw, resinous amber that smells like it just dripped out of a pine tree. After 30 minutes it sweetens to a deep, rich, velvety amber that is not at all powdery. The sillage is great & the longevity even better.
lf you're looking for a raw amber fragrance with lots of depth that's not TOO sweet, this one is definitely worth a try.
Ambra Aurea is a top of the line Amber along with Amber Sultan. However, I am not a fan of the sharp stink factor of really raw Amber. I love the other aspects of both of these, but what they were competing against in my samples was Fiore d'Ambra by Profumum Roma. To me, Fiore d'Ambra is the most heavenly, well balanced, and intoxicating Amber. Ambra Aurea is a little darker, mellower, with a touch of sharp Amber stank, while Fiore d'Ambra is refined enough to take the edge off, introduce a slight spice floral with a mere suggestion of powderiness and let the warm vanilla laced amber soar in majestic opulence. Ambra Aurea by contrast stays more grounded and less high flying. With quality this high between these 3, it really comes down to personal preference.
The others that Ambra Aurea competed with were Ambre Russe by Parfum d'Empire, and L'eau d'Ambre Extreme by L'Artisan Parfumeur. Ambre Russe being significantly different with it's leather booze spice to be thought of in a class of its own. L'eau d'Ambre Extreme is so radically weaker than the rest, it should be discontinued with its tail between its legs - shameful!
In summary, this is one of the best Ambers ever, but it just isn't as incredible as its sister.