Alambar (2010)
by Laboratorio Olfattivo

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Alambar information

Year of Launch2010
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 12 votes)

People and companies

HouseLaboratorio Olfattivo
PerfumerEnrico Buccella

About Alambar

Alambar is a shared / unisex perfume by Laboratorio Olfattivo. The scent was launched in 2010 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Enrico Buccella

Alambar fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Alambar

With resins forming their backbone, amber fragrances draw on associations of the fossilized tree resins used in jewellery – the orange-gold translucency of these stones, how they evoke the mysteries of nature working over the ages. In order to keep up with the romantic associations of their name, amber fragrances – which are not derived from the gemstones – often aim to create a mood that combines golden warmth (usually by spicing), antiquity (the non-fresh and condensed odour profile of most resins), and autumnal beauty. They must attempt to be the log fires of romance novel covers.
Often, though, their treacly sweetness, density and spicing feels heavy-handed, if instantly familiar. Rare is the amber that truly thrills. But that doesn’t deter fans craving comfort and warmth. And who am I to disagree? Except to say that striking variations on the theme are more difficult to pull off in this fragrance family, the genetic imprint is resistant.
Thus, with Alambar one comes upon yet another competently executed and smartly dressed amber whose voice blends instantly into the family choir. The overall profile is creamy-soapy, the resins are rounded by a suffused and mild sweetness, and the requisite antique warmth is present. Yet there is nothing to make it stand apart, even if just a little. A bit of dust and dryness in the base and a suggestion of wood varnish are too subtle to really do it. Perhaps fine for true believers.

21st October, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Yes, from beginning to end amber is indeed the core impression of this creation and runs through it from beginning to end like a golden thread. What strikes me in the opening phase is the lively and lovely bergamot, which adds a fresh side tonthe amner, resulting in an inusual brightening of the ambery top note.

The drydown sheds the fresher component and adds richer and sweeter tones, with cinnamon, tonka, a light touch of fleeting incense and hints of caramel that are well placed, resulting in an admirably balanced result. This amber-centric composition is always more on the elegant than on the thickly-cloying side, even with a restrainedly resinous undertone.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and a splendid twelve hours of longevity on my skin.

An amber scent well suited for warmer autumn days, well balanced and made with a touch of creativity, albeit, like the design of the bottle, more on the linear side. 3.5/5.
03rd December, 2016
Medicinal amber and cocoa with a vanilla and cinnamon background. Nothing special. Was expecting much more from this one. Longevity and projection are average. 7/10
01st April, 2015
Alambar is a quite simple, yet rich citrus-amber scent stuffed with a warm, palpable medicinal-resinous feel, overall quite “sticky” like pouring resin, autumnal and exotic at the same time, topped with a load of sweet spices (cinnamon, cumin) juxtaposed to a vanillic-resinous accord and this ton of warm amber, all posed on a slightly camphoraceous-metallic base (something like benzoin, just harsher, more synthetic and drier). All gently refreshed by a subtle balsamic feel that softens the overall sweet-caramelised heaviness. I don’t get any cocoa note honestly, except for a subtle dusty-sweet feel which can be anything. If you are familiar with Enrico Buccella, his style and his “colour palette” are quite recognizable here as well; a much linear scent, a nostalgic chypre inspiration blended with contemporary metallic nuances, a general boldness mostly focused on ambery-resinous and spicy notes, which this nose seems quite fond of. Not that original, but nice for a while, as it smells deep, rich, intriguing at first, gently evolving on a more bright and soapy drydown. Nonetheless its solid and linear persistence may turn into a flaw after a while (I mean: boring). Give it a try, though; if you like it, it’s a good deal for its price – Laboratorio Olfattivo is one of the very few niche brands which is humble enough to stay away from elitism and keep prices on a decent (fair) level, and I appreciate that.

6,5-7/10
16th January, 2014 (last edited: 10th November, 2014)
Opening is a little bitter; dries down to cloying incense and some cinnamon that comes and goes. Smells exactly like the incense in the little shop down the street...just too much for me; I would have liked some other notes. I used to have a sample of this, gave it away.
28th May, 2012 (last edited: 20th March, 2013)

Alambar is a fair ambery fragrance which develops the ambary theme by an averagely sharp but edible way (vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa beans). The notes of cocoa  and cinnamon are able to colour the talky dust and the initial bergamot imprints structure, a touch of classicism and temperament to an otherwhise too inoffensive powder. This is not a masterpiece being instead a pleasant and comforting cloud very attrattive in taste but lacking in class and sophistication. 
25th March, 2012

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