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.
The opening is actually a bitter, fresh, evocative, tasty mandarin, quite pleasant and "realistic", on a delicate amber/vanilla base and with a tiny fruity/peppery note. Green leafy feel around, with a slight salty/metallic note which will eventually come up more clearly later one. A bit static and monodimensional, but pleasant. Longevity is so short it's not even an issue - a blink of an eye, and it's gone, you're left a really subtle ambery-green-salty drydown.
This is a warm and sweet smell. Suitable for a male or female wearer. The sweetness is not so strong as to be cloying however, as it is a natural smelling sweet. Citrus at first and as it dries down the amber is revealed and I begin to detect a woodsy smell.
The Good: Delivers the elements that the name promises in a pleasing way.
The Bad: Does not contain many other discernable elements than the name promises.
Overall: A great, subtle, approachable smell for citrus fans.
Just as with Nicola69, this was love at first sniff. During the basenotes meet up in Chicago, I tried this for the first time in the Hermes boutique. Fantastic! Loved it on the card, decided it was "skin worthy", then decided it was FB worthy after all of the other attendees agave it a thumbs up.
The citrus is a bit sharp at first....let the juice dry down before you sniff. I know, I know, it's difficult to wait but trust me on this......it's worth the wait.
The passion fruit is not a note I amp up but this does not smell super "fruity" on my skin. No, not at all.
The dry down is a soft, warm amber....not boosey, like Tom Ford Amber Absolute. EdMA is softer, closer to the skin.