Ambra Nera
    by Farmacia SS. Annunziata






    Ambra Nera Fragrance notes

    Cypress, Eucalyptus, Amber, Benzoin, Vetiver, Vanilla, Patchouli

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    I was enticed to try this by the references to dark medieval smokiness and unexpected accords, and those things are certainly present in Ambra Nera, but not in the way I'd hoped. Medieval, yes, but in the evocation of dungeons and plagues. Animalic, not in the sense of your lover's secretions, but rather of urine on bedsheets in a sickroom. Smoky, not of spiritual meditations inspired with incense, but rather of bones burned in a charnel house. Thankfully there is no putrefaction in Ambra Nera: It skips from animal terror in an abattoir, directly to parched, walking skeletons.

    All this from a smell? Doesn't that make it art? Yes. But again, not the kind of art I'd ever hope to see twice. I'm reminded of the wretched poseurs who dismember dolls, drive nails through them and glue them to boards. And indeed, I never want to give Ambra Nera another chance. It is a fine perfume, certainly, but I want perfume to support my desires, not cut into my scars.

    I'd throw it into the ocean if I didn't fear waking Cthulhu. This needs to be buried in a churchyard, for the protection of souls, and also because I think it to be an appropriate fragrance for ghouls.

    05 February, 2014 (Last Edited: 22 February, 2014)

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    alfarom
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    This is GORGEOUS stuff if you like dark-green herbal ambers. Great balance between challenging vegetal notes (almost animalic) and resinous woody amber (as opposed to woodyamber). Thick but not heavy, moderately sweet, enveloping but not loud and, most of all, far from the typical head-shop vibe of many fragrances playng similar themes...Last but not least, it comes in Parfum strength.

    Smells ancient, dark, mouldy, nocturnal and absolutely compelling. This is to amber-centered fragrances, what Mazzolari Lui is to patchouli.

    Top quality stuff.

    01st November, 2013

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    Mentholated amber, and that's a good thing

    This is stunning. What a surprising, unique take on amber. The amber is deep and dark, but it's paired with a huge menthol eucalyptus note that warps it into something else. What a strange combination, and even stranger is that it works so well. The cool green eucalyptus hollows out the amber and gives it this expansive, airy core without diminishing the rich resiny warmth of the amber. Wow.

    There is a crisp, hyper-realistic cedar note in the opening that only lasted about 5 minutes for me. Then it disappears or blends into the comp, but I liked it a lot while it lasted. And I don't usually like cedar in perfume. The eucalyptus is very dominant at the start, and then settles into a nice balance with the amber for the next few hours.

    This lasts a long time - 8+ hours - but after a few hours all thats left is that nice amber base. That's not bad at all, but not anywhere near as distinctive as what came before.

    Pros: Unique
    Cons: Simple drydown"

    12 October, 2013

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    Nocturnal Amber

    This is GORGEOUS stuff if you like dark-green herbal ambers. Great balance between challenging vegetal notes (almost animalic) and resinous woody amber (as opposed to woodyamber). Thick but not heavy, moderately sweet, enveloping but not loud and, most of all, far from the typical head-shop vibe of many fragrances playng similar themes...Last but not least, it comes in Parfum strength.
    Smells ancient, dark, mouldy, nocturnal and absolutely compelling. This is to amber-centered fragrances, what Mazzolari Lui is to patchouli.
    Potent and tenacious. Top quality stuff.

    17 June, 2013

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    An unusual fragrance, with an unusual name: Black Amber. I was a little put off by the color of the juice, a kind of medicinal green. Coming from such an ancient house I suppose it is fitting. I think the name translates to Our Most Holiest Lady of the Annunciation Pharmacy. It starts out, like another reviewer mentions, camphorous. I call it menthol, but I think camphor better describes the note. As a fan of amber (Ambre Precieux, L'Eau d'Ambre) I was looking for the amber at the beginning, but it is hidden by the eucalyptus. After the fumes have dried down, the amber is finally revealed but not entirely. There is a sweet, powdery scent reminiscent of your grandmother's vanity table, or maybe medicine cabinet. It is not until hours later that the wonderful base of amber is fully revealed. And I don't want to wait that long. Commendable for its elegant composition, but just not for me. I prefer a straight up amber that I can layer if so desired.

    18 September, 2011

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    Oh my God!!! Opulent, dark and medieval. This is a work of finest italian craftsmanship, a perfect balance between warm-mellifluous and camphoraceous-woodsy-cool elements blended in order to compose a multifaceted creamy-raw olfactory concoction. This is the fragrance for the ceremonies at Court. Aristocratic rooms by high ceilings, pictures, candeliers, drawbridges, courtesans and jesters come to mind. Ambra Nera is a stunning smoky amber with a mastering note of eucalyptus immediately detectable. The coniferous and camphoraceous patterns provide a sort of woodsy, aromatic, "ancient" feel, the aroma of the Kingdom's forests as perceived from the king's residence whose air was filled of smoking effluviums and burning aroma of candels. Ambra Nera is nevertheless at once a modern, western, erotic, "sweaty" (I mean sultry) and animalic kind of fragrance that manages to be suitable for nights out in modern cozy down town venues. This fragrance is very dense, the effect of burnt caramel is prominent with its smokey touch of bitterness. The warmth of balsams (vanilla, benzoin, amber) is balanced by the cool woodsy coniferous and icy feel (cypress and eucalyptus). The caramellous decadent dry down's wake is furthermore indented by a raw, earthy, bold vetiver-patchouli accord that is a reminiscence of ancient regal ambiences. The sweetness is nevertheless never out of limits of tollerability. The amber is prominent and is just characterized and segmented by touches of vanilla and benzoin. The outcome is an inconstant, changing, schizophrenic mild amber full of nuances of smoke, forest, ancient woods and earth. This is pure and traditional olfactory italian art.

    09 April, 2011 (Last Edited: 28 March, 2014)

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