Ambre by Mona di Orio opens with a solid, sumptuous, soapy and powdery accord of amber, slightly boozy and almondy too, perhaps due to the presence of tonka and benzoin. The family here is the "majestic" and refined amber scents à la Ambre Precieux, with more talcum, an old-fashioned touch of aldehydes, and the booziness of Ambre Russe by Parfum d'Empire. Plus - and this would not be the first time Mona di Orio does that - the almondy-powdery-waxy-aldehydes feel sounds a bit like an attempt to insert a "tribute" to the baroque classic heritage of fragrances à la L'Heure Bleue. The drydown is gentle, soft and soapy, slightly alcoholic (not boozy now, more like floor cleaning alcohol), but pleasant, graceful and elegant. In short, Mona di Orio's Ambre is a nice nostalgic scent, refined and elegantly outdated, not the most original around and probably unworthy the excessive price (come on, an amber scent shall never be that expensive).
Right from the start I get a delightful amber note with a benzoin component, rich and rounded but not too dark on my skin. A resinous balsamic note with cedar is added in the drydown without disturbing the roundedness of this composition. After about four hours of very good silage and projection it starts to fade, turning into a vanilla based but not too sweet powdery scent, which is quite fresh and contemporaneous. It comes and goes, at times seems to have disappeared just to rise again and so forth. The total longevity is a splendid twelve hours, although the last half of this time it is a powdery skin scent. A good and satisfying amber composition perfect for early autumn.
A slightly sweet resinous amber that is perfectly smooth and rich. If Amber holds a special place in your heart, you must give this a try. A perfect union of amber, vanilla, and cedar. Sillage is moderate, making it a good choice for daytime; longevity is excellent, over 12 hours. Perfectly unisex, too. Truly, this is the most perfect amber perfume I own, and I'll find it hard to wear the others after sampling this beauty.
For reference, I tested two of my favorite ambers against this over the course of a day or two. Mona's Ambre is sweeter, richer, and more luscious than Goutal's Amber Fetiche, and less sweet than Herme's L'Ambre de Merveilles. It's simply perfect. Two thumbs up!
Pros: Not too sweet, rich and smooth, long lasting
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Mona di Orio Ambre
Opens up with aldehydic powder, ylang ylang, a melon note, and an amber accord. The composition is balanced and gentle. Nothing offensive. Nothing jumps out. Colour that come to mind are cream, yellow, off white. The colours deepen as the fragrance develops.
The fragrance is like a lanky blonde in a yellow dress. Unremarkable, yet well mannered, somewhat elegant and inoffensive. She does not ignite your imagination, yet there is nothing repulsive about her. Her dress is not to your taste, but it is impeccable. Her voice is strangely monotone, but there is something comforting about it. Your conversation is slow, but if flows and you are on the same page. And the more you talk to her, the more wisdom you see in her. Some time later that day you realize that you just made a friend.
For me, Ambre is a comfort scent. It starts off light, gains depth, becomes interesting, but never overwhelms, or lets down.
It is not my go to amber, but it has a permanent place in my collection.
Pros: Seamless composition
A golden balmy amber that reminds me the great Costume National Scent Intense, but with a more stressed womanly trait, a more restrained animal dirtiness, the exotic sophistication from ylang-ylang, spices and tonka beans and just a minimal touch of incensey smoke and leather. The ylang-ylang is an olfactory star in Mona di Orio Ambre being itself more spicy-floral than laundry-soapy. While in Scent Intense i detect the masculine crispiness from the hibiscus tea and the darkness coming from the animal notes, the cisteine, smoke and syrupy patchouli in this fragrance i smell a dense, vanillic and exotic floral amber whose the dirtiness is moderated while the floral luxuriousness, the golden oriental influence from the balsams and the creaminess are more pronounced. The dry down is an oriental cloud of powder which features powdery woods, balsams and floral nuances. Uncompromisingly feminine to me. Another homage from the sadly departed Mona di Orio to the women all over the world.
01st July, 2012 (last edited: 21st July, 2014)
Ambre starts off with the trademark di Orio house scent that is kind of a pleasant amber/musk scent. This kind of reminded me of the same opening Oud had when I smelled it recently. That said, after the opening notes, Ambre diverges into a very enjoyable cedar heart (although very different from the Virginia cedar used in her Vetyver) with hints of a semi-dry vanilla accord. The end result is a semi-fresh scent after the dark opening that really is enticing and very uni-sex to my nose while also not being too sweet. Longevity is well above average, and Ambre has better sillage than many of the other di Orio scents. Superb and full bottle worthy, IMO. This is my new reference amber. 4.5 stars out of 5.
14th November, 2011 (last edited: 26th December, 2012)
After my run in with Cuir, I appoached with caution . However, silly me- there is nothnig to be afraid of and everything to embrace. On top is cedar - lightly fresh wood- giving way to blended notes of vanilla, tolu ,benzoin and a touch of ylang . Spiced earth and drama concoction ,unisex and darkly sweet. Smooth , some powder. Not over the top - just right. Lovely amber.