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
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.
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.