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Wearing a new amber as I continue amber week.
Neil Morris Regal Amber
Amber is one of my favorite notes in fragrance. I am always amazed at the different way it feels depending on the whims of the artist composing the fragrance built around amber. It is especially fun to see the same artist take amber and interpret it in two very different ways.
Neil Morris has approached amber in a lush way exploring all of the softer aspects of the note while pairing it with smoke, incense and, most unusually plum, to create a memorable fragrance; Burnt Amber. Mr. Morris returns to amber for a second go-around in 2010’s Regal Amber. Regal Amber is a much more contained fragrance than Burnt Amber and it has one of the more focused note lists of any of Mr. Morris’ creations but the notes used combine in ways to make one believe there is much more present and makes Regal Amber something different than its older sibling.
The top of Regal Amber begins with black amber and maltol. Black amber has an intensity that takes the amber accord right up to the edge of unpleasant and by combining the caramel accord that maltol brings to a fragrance the opening stages of Regal Amber feel like a gourmand’s amber. This feeling disappears as black narcissus shows up in the heart and, as one who loves Mr. Morris’ use of narcissus, this takes Regal Amber away from gourmand territory and into something truly unique as the indolic charms of the narcissus combined with the top notes create a unique heart and one that persists and gets more interesting as the narcissus takes over and becomes the dominant partner with the amber. The base is a strong redwood cut with just a little vanilla. The vanilla serves to revive a little of the gourmand feel but the redwood really keeps the sweet aspects of the vanilla well controlled.
Regal Amber has amazing longevity and excellent sillage.
Regal Amber is another example of Mr. Morris’ ability to wring different feels from the same note. With Regal Amber he shows restraint and creates opulence.
Have a Worldly Wednesday everyone.