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    I have researched the previous threads and read the recent posts on whats a better amber than another , but this is one olfactory group that i am almost entirely lacking knowledge. I recently smelled precious amber at bath and body works, my girlfriend has all the amber products, and i really like the way it smelled especially on her...it was warm, inviting, and very sensual, but feminine as well. I am looking for a masculine amber, but warm, inviting and sensual. Prada Amber, or prada man, whatever it calls itself, imo, is not good--it makes my head hurt and stomach queasy at the same time...its too astringent. I really want an amber for my collection, HELP HELP HELP.

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    Try Andy Tauer`s Un Air du desert marocain
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    Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens is at the top of my list of amber scents. I consider it a 'must have' fragrance.

    My second to fourth choices are all excellent as well:

    Ambre Canelle - Creed
    Ambre Précieux - Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
    Baldessarini Ambre - Baldessarini
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    Ambre Precieux or Ambre Sultan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank06 View Post
    Ambre Precieux or Ambre Sultan.
    I would agree - is sweet, creamy - though a little goes a long way. Sillage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank06 View Post
    Ambre Precieux or Ambre Sultan.
    Ditto. These are the two I would try first. If neither pleases you, you might try some less agressive amber scents like Eau d'Ambre, Ambre Narguile, or Blue Amber.
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    L'Air du Desert Marocain is the winner for me. I like it more than Ambre Sultan, which to me is a little too harsh. Ambre Precieux I haven't tried, so I don't know.

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    Agree with above posters.

    Ambre Sultan is a heavy thick and powerful amber with 24+ hr longevity. Like most SLs, it was a bit too heavy for me, but I certainly admired it.

    Baldessarini Amber can be had for $20 or so at TJX stores currently. It's quite nice for the price, quite woody.
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    Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens is marvelous stuff -- imagine dry woods with superb quality amber.

    Ambre Canelle is very nice, but it's -- IMHO -- more about ambergris than than amber or cinnamon.

    Prada Man makes me queasy, too. Odd, huh?

    Finally, do work up the gumption to at least TRY Montale's Blue Amber.
    Masculine by any classical definition it isn't, but OH so sensual and delicious -- almost edible in its creaminess!
    It's easily my favorite of all the amber frags I've ever sampled.
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    prada makes me queasy too....thanks you guys for all the tips!



    Quote Originally Posted by tvlampboy View Post
    Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens is marvelous stuff -- imagine dry woods with superb quality amber.

    Ambre Canelle is very nice, but it's -- IMHO -- more about ambergris than than amber or cinnamon.

    Prada Man makes me queasy, too. Odd, huh?

    Finally, do work up the gumption to at least TRY Montale's Blue Amber.
    Masculine by any classical definition it isn't, but OH so sensual and delicious -- almost edible in its creaminess!
    It's easily my favorite of all the amber frags I've ever sampled.

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    Throwing in my vote for Ambre Sultan. Tom Ford's Amber Absolute is nice, but sweeter. I love the ambers...
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    I think YSL Opium EdP is the best amber scent I've come across. Somewhat similar to Sultan but more balanced.
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    Heed the recs here on Amber Sultan. I sampled it this fall in London and loved it! It'll be a purchase when I am next willing to afford it.

    As an amber, Prada is garbage. I'm not saying it's an awful scent (although given the Prada name nobody could argue that it shouldn't be better) - but basenotes or not, the fact that Prada calls itself an Amber is a minor joke.

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    Amber is an odd term. Either people use it to describe fragrances with various ambergris type aromachemicals or various amber/sweet dried sap/resin aroma chemicals or its used to describe a mix of vanilla/coumarin + ambery fixatives.

    L'occitane does make an extremely ambery fragrance, and BBW's sensual amber is pretty good, and the chocolate amber much better.

    IMHO the blackcurrant/vanilla line is the best smelling of whats out there at the moment. Midnight Pomegranite is also good.

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    Jd,
    I think MPG's Ambre Precieux is the tops. I've smelled SL's Ambre Sultan several times, and sure, it's nice, really nice, and any man in it is not making a mistake--but still. I don't go for AS. I beat myself up about this, but AS is dull to me. No fun. Yeah, it's perfect, and that's about all you can say about it. Thus booooorrrring.

    The MPG has twinges of other things in it that keep it alive. Maybe there's a bit of sandalwood, maybe a bit of herbs, and perhaps a hint of aldehydes, but I tell you, that's much more the amber that I want. Gimmie.

    Tvlampboy is right about Ambre Canelle. It's probably more of an ambergris experience, but it is doggone nice stuff. You might not be getting pure amber scent experience but you'll be getting happy if you're like me. I think this stuff is wonderful, with layers upon layers hiding in it. Beautiful with the cinnamon.

    I go for L'Artisan's two ambers, Eau d'Ambre and Ambre extreme too, but I know the first isn't usually thought of as a man's amber so you might not go for it. Eau d'Ambre is edt, and is amber and some ethereal floral hints. A scent that is a sillage scent, and covers you in a light cloud that is the scent, not like a scent blasting out of or sticking to your skin. Eau d'Ambre is very nice, and not a heavy dense one, and I wear it feeling great as a man, but it others and the packaging might tell you it's better for the GF.

    L'Artisan's Ambre Extreme gets good mentions here because it's another in the dense family, and it has a nice smoky quality to the amber. Very resinous and with a bit of dried fruit of some kind, if I remember right, all with a grey smoke. Maybe some dirt too. Shoot, I can't remember. Wish a cold day upon me and I'll wear it again for a better thought.

    In general I say SL no thanks. Best of luck, although luck isn't a factor here. There are so many superior ambers out there, all listed on this thread, that getting one and getting delight from it will be easy.
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    I would like to put in a plug for Caron Pour Un Homme as a very distinguished light amber alternative. Although Caron Pour Un Homme is not usually thought of as an amber fragrance, the Caron website actually classifies Caron Pour Un Homme as an "Aromatic amber". Caron Pour Un Homme, created in 1934 by the great Ernest Daltroff, founder of Caron, is well known for its unique and powerful lavender opening. However, what is not mentioned that often about Caron Pour Un Homme is its highly refined and delectably creamy amber drydown. This is a subtle and sophisticated amber, lightly dusted with notes of lavender, musk, and vanilla. It is an elegant light amber that is very suited to a traditional gentleman's cologne, which is exactly what Caron Pour Un Homme is. In my opinion, the Caron website accurately describes Caron Pour Un Homme when they call it an "Aromatique ambré". Caron Pour Un Homme is one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it. By the way, Caron Pour Un Homme is one of the best fragrance bargains around, since it is usually available for a very reasonable price.
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    I also recommend ambre sultan, its pretty much the only amber I have experience with, but its excellent

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    thanks guys for all the grat suggestions and to dust b for the mini reviews

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    I agree with Chris about MPG's Ambre Precieux, but I'd also suggest you get a sample of Parfum D'Empire's Ambre Russe. I'd also recommend Ambre Russe to anybody who wants an amber in a similar ballpark as Ambre Sultan, but who doesn't want to pay the astronomical Lutens prices.

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    I agree abotu the Prada - it didn't make me nauseous - but it didn't smell much like Ambe ron me - more like Grape Kool-Aid ...
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    I would like all things amber to be discussed here. I have been considering the purchase of SL Ambre Sultan but I want to make sure there is nothing else I have been missing or need to check out. I won't appologize for the fact that I have been enjoying the Axe Proximity Amber body spray. It is a fresh Amber and quite wearable. Is there anything in comparison to this? A wearable amber?

    I love the amber in the extremem drydown of Mona di Orio's Amyitis. The amber has a green character that I love but I cannot survive the aged wax duration to get to it. Lets talk amber. What is the best amber? There is SL, SMN, Tom Ford, et al.

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    I would say it would have to be between Ambre Precieux and and Ambre Sultan...With me, I slightly prefer Sultan. So is Axe Amber exclusively sold at Wal-Mart?

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    Ambre Precieux and Ambre Sultan doesn't last on me as much as I would like (although Ambre Sultan starts off quite loud). I much prefer Montale's Blue Amber - it's creamier and sexier.

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    Axe Proximity: Amber is a poor man's Hermessence Ambre Narguile. There, I said it. It's missing the cinnamon note but otherwise it's similar enough that I feel good about spending about $300 less for a similar product. Nobody's going to be too mad that it doesn't smell like an Ellena masterpiece considering it's about a dollar an ounce.
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    My favorite amber is Ambre Sultan - I imagine it will always be the amber scent I compare all amber scents to. I love it.

    Others that I recommend:

    Hermessence: Ambre Narguile by Hermes
    Amber Splash by Marc Jacobs (extremely light, you really have to pile this one on)
    Youth Dew and Youth Dew Amber Nude by Estee Lauder (yes, it's for women - try them anyway)
    L'Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer Perfumes (my second favorite amber prominent scent...the tar note mixed with it is amazing!)

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    Another vote for Ambre Precieux, Ambre Narguile and L'Air du Desert Marocain - all magnificent compositions.

    I also like Fiori d’Ambra by Profumum - dry and sheer, but the price is silly imho, Michele Bergman's Black Amber oil - resinous and sweet (which I don't hear mentioned much around the fragrance boards) and Geisha Noire - similar in hue to Black Amber and available in EdP as well as oil form.

    I admire, but wouldn't personally wear Ambre Russe - a good deal of booze and horse along with the amber in that one - I love it on a man, however.

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    I have alot of good ideas here! I just ordered a sample of Ambre Narguile because you all have me curious. Blue Amber sounds good but my conern is the vanilla. I don't get along with vanilla dominate scents and I read that the vanilla is prevalent along with the amber. Trebor, is this true? Thanks!

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    You have to try Eden Botanical's amber. I am sure that I have said this before, but it has been around for years. When I heard that SL had the "granddaddy" of all ambers I had to sniff it, of course...but when I did, I though EB did it first, and they list all of their ingredients. (Serge, I am so sorry, and I love you, I really do!! LOL!)Yes, it is an oil (and like my DH, I know people want to spray on their fragrances), but IMO, it is the most delicious, royal amber ever.

    Psst: Sensual Amber from B&BW is yummy, too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    I have alot of good ideas here! I just ordered a sample of Ambre Narguile because you all have me curious.
    Scentologist - here's the thing with Ambre Narguile: I love it, but I would not classify it as an amber heavy fragrance. It's got amber, for sure, but it also features equally proportionate levels of cinnamon, honey, vanilla and this dazzling sugared tonka bean accord. The vanilla in AN is not 'heavy' but AN is a gourmand, and when I apply it the scent really does come across like a fine artisinal dessert. The drydown is less sweet, and the lasting power is excellent. It is my favorite in the Hermessence range, and it really does (like the Hermessence's are supposed to) evoke the smell of 'cashmere', well...if cashmere had a smell. It also smells much better worn in fall/winter.

    Good luck with your search!
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    I only have Baldessarini Ambre... superbly boozy and loaded with tobbaco .. dries down to a delicious ambery base.


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