Perfume Reviews

Negative Reviews of Prada Amber pour Homme by Prada

Total Reviews: 37
Amber pour Homme reads a bit like Eau des Merveilles - which was released two years earlier. Both are ambitious ambers with aromatic and cineolic notes but the difference between them is EdM has a clever trick up its sleeve. It starts as an amber and then develops subtle nuances as the profile unfolds. These lighter notes carve out space and allow it to breathe. Where EdM blossoms into an intricate structure of anisic herbs, two types of pepper, papyrus and salt fatty ambergris, ApH has little or no development - it just gets a bit powdery.

The only interesting part of ApH is a cineolic side note of cardamom that stands out on open skin; otherwise, when worn under clothing it verges into the nebulous and sweet core. According to Prada, the structure is built around four different accords - amber, fougère, cologne and leather. Amber and fougère I can just about see working (Pierre Cardin pour Monsieur uses these two) but then add cologne and leather as well? Mixing this lot together unsurprisingly results in one big mess with no structure, like blancmange.

What is surprising is that Prada overlook the only distinctive note in the profile - saying cardamom is just another element of the cologne accord ... as if no one would notice it droning on.

If it's the case that the people behind ApH thought they'd found a good idea in Eau des Merveilles and decided to have a go at it themselves, the problem would be they didn't penetrate to the heart of the problem and fully understand the structure they were dealing with. Although the Prada is initially and superficially similar to the Hermès, EdM has buoyant intricacies that raise it above the level of a generic amber while the structure of Amber pour Homme is flaccid and the theme tedious.

03rd February, 2016 (last edited: 19th March, 2018)
Ugh, this WAS on my wish list. A friend gave me a 10ml atomizer of it to sample. Extremely synthetic throughout, and smells like a urinal cake when first sprayed. Floral yet very medicinal like. Harsh. Eventually dries down into this floral/citrusy mess on me, with no real direction. I think the patchouli has no business in there, to my nose this is what really kills it. I've given it all day wear 3-4 days in a few weeks time and just can't stand it.
01st January, 2016
This smells like a bathroom to me.

I see neither creativity nor uniqueness in this fragrance.

Projection: 7/10
Longevity: 6/10
11th November, 2015
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rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Amber? On my skin? Where? A bit of citrus, vanilla, soapiness, very close to my skin, gone in less than two hours.....A mirage of a scent.
18th January, 2014
I have to admit this smells like a sophisticated fragrance. I really liked it in the store and I smelled this several times before buying it. But now all I have to say is yuck. It is a very sickening fragrance and I wouldn't dare put this on in the summertime.
27th March, 2013
Meh, not particularly bad but not really good either. extremely soapy and powdery. It's okay I guess. Haven't reached for it in months.
04th November, 2012
Putrid smell that so expertly captures that generic, incense/deodorizer smell in EVERY Indian Food Store and bead store that I have ever been within. Roughly....a strong, lavender soapy, starchiness with a glittering, electric current running through it, whose amber notes try in vain to mellow out the stench. This could easily double as the lavender floor cleaner Fabuloso made popular in Mexico and the Southwestern U.S., and no one would know the difference.
30th January, 2012
As others have said, this scent is essentially a fancy soap smell. I was disappointed with this for the simple fact that if I wanted to smell like soap I would take a shower instead of buying a $60 bottle of cologne. It doesn't smell bad but it is strong. It receives a thumbs down because I expect more out of a cologne of this magnitude.

Nothing special. Pass.
21st October, 2011
A sweet opening of gum balls and powdered florals, takes an unexpected turn for the bizarre when it abruptly degrades into an enduring laundry starch and shampoo aroma.
29th September, 2011 (last edited: 16th October, 2011)
Vasily Show all reviews
United States
Yet another "modern" frag for the "young man", indistinguishable from all the other "modern young" frags on your local department store's counter. Boring.
10th September, 2011
This gives me a very bad headache.

Not at all for me. Totally endorse SHAHEEN'S review . Please test this before buying
14th August, 2011
Very synthetic and strange. Opens with a candied windex vibe that I'd argue is very unisex (sometimes a hard thing to achieve, so I repsect that!). It should burn, or it should be too chemical, but it doesn't until later, which is even stranger. There's a little spice and a little violet (?), but it's just unendingly sweet, with a little of that devilish note that I always interpret as cherry. And as usual, the amber sweetness is shrill and piercing, like honey on steroids, and this undoes the breeziness that I suspect the other notes are trying to impart (they remind me of Sure Original Scent antiperspirant). I find it only indirectly soapy, in the way that Geir's cherry is soapy, or that Richard James' heavy men's room florals are soapy. The base is a bit more woody, but with a medicinal cherry wood like M7. Ultimately, though, rather than using soap that smells like this, I'd more likely go get some Sure and some Geir. I've graduated from this type of fragrance.
30th May, 2011
In 2003 Miuccia Prada realized that her family company was one of the few in the fashion industry not to have a fragrances line yet, and in a rush she committed to four perfumeurs a bunch of scents to build up her own range.

She also decided that she needed actually two different lines of perfumes, one for the department stores market and a luxurious one to be sold only in her flaghsip stores. She had the great idea to give french names to her "cheaper" products and for the "exclusives" ones she decided that the best option was to entitle them in a "Chanel-number-name" way. Genious! She made sure to have a citrus fragrance in her line together with an amber one, myrrh, rose, leather, tuberose, amber, vetiver and of course...iris. Everything was perfect...well, almost everything. In less than 10 years she gave us more than 20 new fragrances, but we really needed them?

There's only one thing Mrs Prada hasn't considered. Tradition! Her perfumes clearly lacks in tradition. You can have big budgets to hire the best perfumeurs working on expensive raw materials, but if you have no clue the result is what we now have from Prada's scents. Crude, trite and banal emulations of other perfumes, and "Ambra per Uomo" (italian for Amber Pour Homme) perfectly reach this level.

Concluding: Miuccia Prada is not as brilliant in committing perfumes as she is in committing clothes and manufacturing leather accessories, and IMO it doesn't take 8 years and a bunch of money to become Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Hermes or even Comme Des Garcons.
10th April, 2011
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jamman Show all reviews
United States
I had really high hopes for Prada's first men's cologne. I just could not get into it.
02nd March, 2010
Opening is way too sweet, and feminine.
17th February, 2010
I fail to see how this is an amber fragrance. I got a sample the other day in the mail and I was excited to try it out.
It starts off extremely sharp and soapy and very feminine.

It smells synthetic, sweet, very soapy, feminine and I don't detect any amber at all. Horribly done fragrance. The worst part about it is the insane soapiness that makes you cringe.
04th February, 2010
JonB Show all reviews
United States
Soapy: Yes, uber
Sweet: Yes
Synthetic smelling: Yes
Sillage: Moderate
Longevity: Very good
Amber: None that I can tell
Masculine? You decide

Not for me
12th September, 2009
this stuff is strong and the florals are overwhelming it smells like a womans perfume and its just too expensive and strong but im sure some people like it

just a little spicy and warm for my tastes
28th August, 2009
To me, complete waste of time and money.

Light oriental with fresh balsamic structure. Nothing especially masculine here, could easily be worn by women if they like. The smell reminds me of some cheap subtly scented lotion.

Utterly boring simple blend that is extremely vague to my nose. It is smooth and well balanced I admit that, but without any depth or vividness and most importantly; the actual aroma has not a single compelling nuance to it whatsoever. Just a big massive *bleh.*

It is hard for me to see how anyone with exciting taste could be intrigued by this, really. That’s why it has been a bit confusing to read some of the reviews, because there are one or two people showing their thumbs up; one or two people whose taste I have always been keen to.

I presume there is a slight chance that this would grow a bit on me if I tested it more, but it would never be worth the full bottle at all.

And after all, I am NOT even interested in testing this anymore. We have met enough times in this life.

This is not the worst fragrance in the world naturally, but the thing is that I could easily name 500 fragrances for me personally that I find more interesting than this, and by the way, that list would include Prada Intense (Women) that is also very much wearable by men…
30th July, 2009
Larwiz Show all reviews
United States
This one I don't get. It smells like spray starch to me. I really don't get it. Maybe I haven't given it enough time to dry down?
08th January, 2009
A bit soapy, as others have said; though not a masculine soapy smell. Not an unpleasant smell, but very feminine to my nose. I should add that I'm not at all someone that insists on rugged manliness from my scents - I rather enjoy many unisex frags. Still, this one veers too far into delicate bath soaps for my tastes. Try before you buy.
26th November, 2008
I don't get it. It just smells like bubblebath. No progression, no evolution, just... bubblebath
20th October, 2008
Bigsly Show all reviews
United States
Well, I've come to agree with some of the negative reviews after wearing this a few times. There is a sharp, throat-closing soapiness to this that makes it unwearable for me (so now I agree with SirSlarty). If you don't detect this, then you might like it, but I really don't see anything special about it. If I liked this kind of fragrance, I'd reach for Yves Rocher's Iris Noir instead (Luca Turin thinks it works well as a "masculine," for instance). I'll also mention that I no longer would compare it to Richard James Savile Row, which has more dimensions and lacks the sharp soapy quality.

Old "newbie" review: I agree with wsr93 that this is not an "amber frag," but I disagree with SirSlarty about the sharpness. With one spray to the chest, it is very mild, yet quite pleasant. It's not a floral "soapy" either, and it doesn't really register with me as "soapy" at all, though I understand why some would think so (I only use unscented soap, so I don't have to worry about these associations). It's actually a milder version of Richard James Savile Row. It's got a dusty yet not dry quality to it, which is very nice. I enjoy this as a "change of pace" fragrance, but would get bored with it if I wore it every day.
12th August, 2008 (last edited: 27th August, 2009)
the opening note is very refreshing, a subtle amber and yes, it's soapy, later it settles down to be very intense and sickly sweet... the longevity is great, but it's only the horrid drydown notes that lingers...

29th July, 2008
Soapy and sharp. Like a normal bar of soap with some rosemary or some other biting, tangy spice thrown into its mold. Not my style. Very sickening and I can't emphasize how "sharp" this feels to the nose. It dulls quickly though, vanishing into thin air like a ninja assassin with a hangover.
06th June, 2008
wsr93 Show all reviews
United States
Prada is well known for playing cruel jokes on her customers. This is one of the worst. There is nothing "amber" about this. All of the notes this supposedly contains form one big, unidentifiable cacophony that most closely resembles a cheap aerosol hairspray. Sharp, pungent, and lasts entirely too long. At least it's not terribly expensive.
28th April, 2008
Ergh! I can't stand this one!

It smells like th type of sickly-sweet deoderant that teen-aged girls purchase from the toilettries aisle in the super-market!

Sweet, syrupy, "fake" smelling and just...aweful explains it...

No class, just sicklyness. This is the type of fragrance that teen-aged girls want tp buy as their first perfume, and the their mother says "no - you don't want to end up smelling like a hooker!"

Its bad enough that they made this a men's perfume!
15th June, 2007
Aqua1 Show all reviews
United States
stinks. It is sickly smelling and has a real artificial smell to it.
23rd April, 2007
It is extremely overpowering and sickly. I friend of mine wears this and it just does not smell as if it belongs on a man. It reminds me of the smell of little old ladies in fur coats. There seems to be a lot of cardomum in this. I don't know why anyone would want to smell like this.
02nd April, 2007
this one is way too girly. No real man can wear this. Please give your girl the prada for women and find yourself an other one.
27th January, 2007