Rive D'Ambre might best be summed up as "spicy citrus" but its depth is undermined by the misleading name, which emphasizes the amber rather than the citrus. I haven't much to add to the general consensus, which is that Rive D'Ambre is at the intersection of fresh and spicy, with orange and amber and standouts as the top and base, respectively, with cardamom somewhere in the middle as the spiciness. There's something sweet at the base, as well, but I can't really tell what it is.
In the Tom Ford Private Blend line, I liken this mostly to Azure Lime as far as the "citrus with depth" categorization goes. Projection and longevity are disappointing for a TF Private Blend, though, so I can't say that I'd consider buying this. Certainly a very pleasant fragrance, preferably used in the warmer weather day/night, but just not one worth the price.
7 out of 10
When I spray it on, it smells very soapy and clean---a lot like Irish Spring, but with some powdery rose behind it. Some citrus, but not until it starts to dry.
When my wife sprays it on, BAM!!! ---orange blossom like crazy!! !!
I suppose I expected it to be slight more masculine based on some reviews I've read, but it wasn't a total letdown for me. Didn't seem to last very long, so next time I wear it to work, I'll apply lightly once more halfway through the day. Sillage is mild for something that is nearly overwhelming when you first apply it, but it mellows out nicely.
Wear it with brightly colored clothes, people will seem to notice the aroma more, and you as well. 8/10 for me, because I love how multifaceted it is.
I just finished mauling my bf when I smelled this on him. I could smell citrus but something else drove me absolutely wild about it. I could not control myself and I pounced on him in a fury. I've decided we have to get this in bulk for him from now on. It was very expensive but I don't care. I somehow got it on me now, though the one wearing it was him. And I'm kinda digging me. It smells like money, importance, prestige, a paradise from which you never want to leave, and comes over like some pheromone tsunami.
Blind buy and blind review.
Haven't a clue what the claimed notes are.
I get a really nice soft Orangey (non citrus blast) opening and soft amber.
Uncomplicated. Great to wear comforting, uplifting, sort of motivating .
It feels bang up to date, but somehow reminds me of being a kid in the 70's-80's.
Dunno how, but it does.
It's all About the Bergamot
This opens with a very good bergamot top note which dies down to a subtle bergamot skin-scent and then... nothing.
How Tom Ford can justify charging such a high price for this kind of thing is beyond me. I admit that the bergamot is extremely well done but the fragrance as a whole is so one-dimensional and short-lived that it amounts to little more than a luxury version of Boss Orange.
Another disappointment from the Private Blend line which really needs to return to the early promise of Tobacco Vanille, Amber Absolute and Oud Wood et al if it to retain any credibility.
Pros: Very good bergamot note.
Cons: One-dimensional and short-lived."