Popping the cork on this warm, mellow scent is a lot like plunging ones nose into last seasons perfumed cashmere. The amber note is strong, with some sweet fruity notes reminiscent of blackberries and ripe Concord grapes humming along on top of it. The sweetness fades after a little bit, making it easier to smell the musks rounding out the base. Theres also a starchy, camphorous base note a few mothballs are apparently rolling around in that woolens drawer. The amber becomes more prominent over time and as the fruity top notes dissipate, the hippy quality of the scent becomes more pronounced. After about ten minutes on the skin, it starts to smell like a very luxurious head shop, which I quite like. The scent is a quiet experience that stays close to the skin without broadcasting itself. Staying power is reasonable but not extreme. March 17, 2013
Ambre Précieux by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier, 1988
Sweet, warm, smooth and sensual amber. And yes, it's powdery. Sweet powder. Not spicy as Ambre Sultan, this is close to Montale's Blue Amber. Wonderful sillage and lasting power. Suitable for both men and woman.
I don't wear amber very often but AP is a fantastic amber scent that have. I love the initial opening and have a problem over spraying just to enjoy that initial burst of amber. It quickly dries down and mellows to a wonderful lightly sweet amber hooked up with vanilla and some woods. A great cool weather scent and that I consider very fitting as an evening fragrance. I don't think this would be a work scent but who knows? Some mention it being unisex, and perhaps so. I feel it's more masculine and don't think my wife would find AP appealing enough to her to wear although she likes it on me. Another amber I like just as much is the bit spicier, a little less sweet Cotswold Amber which I was able to get a sample of. Not available in, or mailed to, the U.S. unfortunately (I wish for a bottle full)
This is quite a pleasant scent, not earth-shattering, but pleasant, none the less. Amber and vanilla are the two standouts for me, but they are very nicely blended and for those who are into either of these warm bases, it should prove to be a wise choice. It tends toward the sweetish side for me, so I would expect it to be a greater success with women than with men.
One of the best ambers outside for sure because of its capacity to be luxurious and warm without to be too sweet, aggressive or syrupy. Exotic, evocative and slightly vintage this amber fragrance as many underlined is based on a severe balance among the elements in order to create a dreamy, indolent and royal kind of amber barely green and spicy in a composition where an high quality of amber is starring and almost integral in its facets and features. This amber is regal and serene, it's neither naughty or dark as Scent Intense nor spicy, intense and finally mellifluous as Ambre Sultan. The note of amber is central and all around whirl some modulating elements with the task to enrich and flavour the main element while preserving its integrity, i'm talking about a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, a well calibrated vanilla, an hint of smoke, some mild woods and moss. A wonderful dosage of lavender is able to tone down the otherwhise to mellow usage of balsams (tolu, opoponax etc), manteining the juice subtle, averagely boise' and balanced. The spices are not stormy but tamed and mild while the sweetness is not synthetically syrupy of caramellous but gentle, natural and slightly animal. That's the secret of the sexiness of Ambre Precieux, simply the ability of the creator Laporte to preserve the natural sensuality of a sensual element di per se', the amber. The general balance of the elements, the gentle temperament and subtleness of the final development reminds me a bit Versilia Vintage Ambra Mediterranea, a scent that i love. Cloudy, refined and a bit Victorian.
Not so much to say about this marvellous creation beside that Ambre Precieux it's huge! If you like your amber to be straight ahead and slightly spiced you've found your holy grail. Embracing, sweet but perfectly balanced, warm and comfortable, highly intoxicating and addicting. Simply one of the best amber around. A masterpiece.
A real masterpiece in "Amber" scents kind.... Warm, embracing like a cachemire skarf, just a little spicy accent... and then the powerful but gentle presence of ambergris that lasts for so long.... so intoxicating but incredibly wearable.... this is the ultimate amber scent you can experience.
There are some scents that aren't deserving of their praise but Laporte does for Amber what he did for Sandalwood in Santal Noble, not a bum note or a missed step any where in this scent. You may prefer your amber served in a different manner, think of it as a beautiful woman, to say that there is another more attractive across the street is shallow and callous, appreciate the beauty in hand for what it is.
If, like me, you don't like amber to be the main player in a fragrance, I suggest that Jean Laporte's masterpiece will suit. AP has none of the bitterness I often find in other amber fragrances being supplanted with a rich, heady vanilla instead of the usual Casbah spices. It's not overly sweet though -- it's just right. Monster sillage and longevity.
Disappearing. Powdery. I wanted to like this one far more than I actually do. Not only had I read the many glowing reviews but it smelled utterly to-die-for from the sample vial. But then it hit my skin. And vanished. However, while it vanished quite literally within minutes it did leave a trace. Of powder. Just powder. Perhaps it's my body chemistry's reaction to amber because Montale's Blue Amber quickly becomes a powder fragrance on my skin as well. In fact the two smell remarkably similar on me, even though completely different from the bottle/vial. However, Blue Amber lasts and lasts and projects all the while, but Ambre Precieux essentially disappears. I wish I could get what others get from this, but I don't. It's an all-too-brief whiff of delicious rich amber and then immediately becomes powder that you have to get within inches of to smell. Sadly, I can't recommend this.
Ambre Précieux by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier, 1988
|By||Maître Parfumeur et Gantier|
|Notes||Amber, Woods, Balms, Spices|
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