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Essence No. 3 : Ambre (2014)
by Elie Saab

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Essence No. 3 : Ambre information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseElie Saab
PerfumerFrancis Kurkdjian
Parent CompanyShiseido > Beaute Prestige International

About Essence No. 3 : Ambre

Essence No. 3 : Ambre is a shared / unisex perfume by Elie Saab. The scent was launched in 2014 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

Essence No. 3 : Ambre fragrance notes

Reviews of Essence No. 3 : Ambre

Yet another amber...hard to get too excited. Given that, this is a good example with quality ingredients. It opens very resinous, drying down to a more edible, doughy accord. Not unlike a song you hear on the radio that's you don't know the name of, but can sing along with.

At times I can't bear the thought of a day spent with the likes of Ambre Sultan or other ornate ambery-creatures, and this fills in nicely. It also layers well with the florals in the Essence collection.
15th November, 2019 (last edited: 05th December, 2019)
Amber has no smell, and even if it had one, there would be no way to perform an extraction. In perfumery, amber is a representation of the well-known golden-brown fossilized resin used in jewelry, supposed to mimic the idea of warm/conforting/soothing feeling felt when looking at it.

It is usually just an easy to blend vanilla+resin accord. While I understand the perfume houses who list it as an olfactive note for marketing scopes, I still don't understand why fragrances websites and databases keep listing an unexistant "amber" note.

Anyways, one of the main differences between the various fragrances in the "amber department" (aside of the nature of oils that can be natural or synthetic) is the nature and blend of the resin(s) used: sweet myrrh (opoponax, the one used here), bitter myrrh (myrrh), benzoin, elemi...
The other main difference (the major one in my opinion, that demonstrate the mastery of perfumery skills) is the extra "twist" added: bay leaf (Lutens Ambre Sultan), tonka+nutmeg (HdP Ambre 114)... Here, Francis Kurkdjian used ylang-ylang, giving a fresh exotic twist, just as a subtle but fantastic supporting note.

In the little note in the box, Elie Saab has the honesty to talk about "amber representation" (not a note). The pyramid here not accurate, as this fragrance has: patchouli, vanilla, labdanum, opoponax, ylang-lang, sandalwood and jasmine.

This "amber" fragrance is pretty simple and linear, but divine, like the other fragrances in the Essence collection: no fireworks, just smooth perfection.
While I am not a fan of Ambre Sultan (it's more about bay leaf than resins), here, Elie Saab Ambre n.3 plays in the same league of HdP Ambre 114, and is the older (slightly shyer but wiser) brother of MFK Grand Soir (no surprise, it's the same nose).
I wish it kept projecting well during the whole drydown, like in the opening, but aside of this minor drawback, the choice of ylang-ylang makes it a magic blend. To note also: This fragrance comes in a sober but luxurious packaging, and the bottle has a magnetic cap.
This rank on top, in front of MFK Grand soir and Ambre 114 in my amber fragrances list. Given the current prices at online discounters, it is really a no-brainer for small budgets.

Ambre n.3? No... Ambre n.1!

Perfectly unisex, 30+, best in fresh/cold evenings
10th February, 2019

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