Dusty orange and amber accompanied with a few fruity notes. Not my style. This is a spring scent. Think this maybe too cloying in the summer. 6.5/10
A very pleasant combination of mandarin orange, passionfruit, and amber, all of which complement one another well and make for a juicy, summertime scent with a nice warm drydown. Longevity is extremely poor for the price point.
Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
I just can smile when wearing or testing or smelling this cologne.
You can relax with it.
" Jean-Claude Ellena" create a very comfortable cologne to wear.
He knows how to play with perfume notes as well as "Beethoven" knows how to play with music notes.
This is a very nice instance of cologne that based on amber.
You know that amber has not natural essence. and it made from tonka bean and some other notes. so we have many kind of amber.
In this case, You smell a sharp and resinous kind of amber.
one of the best of them.
Select mandarin along with Amber, is a smart choice.
But there is a problem in this artwork.
It is EDC (eau de cologne).
The longevity and sillage are so hopeless.
It seems like Jean Claude Ellena has spent ages honing in on the perfect juicy citrus. Jour d'Hermès had fantastically bright, sweet, juicy topnotes but got caught up in a whirlwind of shampoo and fabric softener. But I think, with Eau de Mandarine Ambrée, he may have finally gotten everything just right.
The mandarin is so hyper-realistic that it's almost pop art, like smelling one of those "Cuties" mandarins, but rendered in such day-glo orange that it requires a slug of salt to keep it focused. If you're going to buy this for anything, buy it for the hours of juicy citrus - the amber is quiet enough that it's not worth sampling this as an amber perfume. That being said, the butterscotchy, nutty amber far from an afterthought - it's got a lot of complexity. It's just not the star of the show.
Well, I won’t hide it – I am a big fan of Ellena, and quite a fan of this extremely solid line of green-fresh “eaux” by Hermès. Sure, they’re quite short-lasting and ephemeral to say the least, quite discreet and not the best booty call radar for your hot nights downtown : but within the concept and considering the expectations one may reasonably have, that is to say “for being fresh toilet waters”, they are just perfect. They deliver exactly what their names suggest, with the most effortless, understated, solid class and accuracy. Eau de Mandarine Ambrée is nothing less and nothing more than a delightful sleek glass bottle filled with a distinguished infusion of water scented with, well, orange and amber. More orange than amber, actually; the “ambrée” feature seems to me here almost more a metaphorical reference to a shade of golden warmth giving some “substance” to the prominent – and actually, main and nearly only – accord of orange and citrus. I get no specific accords of amber, rather just a sort of ambery shade, a very subtle touch of that. Something slightly resinous, maybe, but not a proper amber accord for me. Think of a glass of lukewarm orange-scented water, with its golden-orange nuances flaming and reflecting the light, there’s the “amber” feature of this. More an aesthetical reference, so to speak. However it’s surely more all about orange for me – a refined still-life portrait of an orange, Hermès style; don’t expect a splash of invigorating, zesty, juicy orange pulp, this is rather the smell of a mid-afternoon tea room on the French coast with some orange leaves and peels lazily lingering on the table, waiting for someone to pick them up and clear the table. Think of Hermès’ own trademark orange colour, this is quite its olfactory depiction. Sophisticated, mannered, almost snobbish, kind of melancholic and definitely French. And what amazes me, as for other “eaux” of this line, is how Ellena managed to make this smell restrained, civilized, modern and almost “abstract” in its universally-appealing, prototypical cleanliness, and yet extremely natural and realistic. Sometimes he seems the only living perfumer which is able to accomplish such an effortless blend of elegance and naturalness. Long live Ellena!
30th April, 2014 (last edited: 27th February, 2016)