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    Quote Originally Posted by N_Tesla View Post
    Since my first post regarding Ambre Gris I see the price slowly increasing. I don't know if that is because more people are discovering it and purchases are up or just the strange economy but, I am buying a couple more bottles while the getting is good. I have two now. Just think ten bottles of this or one liter would cost you about $280.00. Not bad for quality fragrance. Hummmm should I?
    I wouldn't...unless its the only fragrance you plan to wear for the rest of your life!

  2. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfume_addict View Post
    i wouldn't...unless its the only fragrance you plan to wear for the rest of your life!
    +1

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    I'm just going by what others say, since I haven't sampled this. Victory League is an excellent frag for the money and good for the "newbie"' who wants something decent but not too challenging. I mention these to help people out, especially the newbies, because it won't cost them much if they hate them. I also mention things like only spraying OMS once or twice. Just trying to help out, and of course I'm also curious about whether one frag smells like another. Today, for example, I discovered that Jack Black Silver Mark is similar to M; Men. If you don't ask, you many never find out !

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    After having read this thread again last night, I was inspired to wear Ambre Gris today. It started out all amber and resins, but by mid-afternoon I smelled a Coco Mademoiselle-like accord! I was surprised to discover that it had dried down to patchouli and fruit on me. Pleasant, but not expected. I've re-applied now to get the amber and resins back but I found the development sort of backward!

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    Default Re: Balmain Ambre Gris (lovely scent, boring review)

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    well Biglsy, they dont smell even remotely close. also, dont you think OMS and Vistory League is the solution to all the frgrances out there
    Jenson you forgot about Jacomo Rouge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrios View Post
    Jenson you forgot about Jacomo Rouge

    Oh yes! i didnt mention that coz i too back tht scent like a broken record

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    Default Re: Balmain Ambre Gris (lovely scent, boring review)

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post

    Jenson...

    The top looks like a golf ball made out of gold. Is it just the same size as that of an actual golf ball? I think the bottle is just too beautiful.....I hope mine arrives on Monday

  8. #38

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    The bottle is beautiful. The top is a bit smaller than a golf ball, gupts!

    This frag is capturing me, I think. I'm onto day three now and I keep putting it on. That rarely happens, even with a new acquisition that I've fallen instantly in love with! I usually give it a break for a while. But there's something going on here with Ambre Gris that's grabbing my attention. I really wasn't sure at first.

    PerfumeAddict, your experience with the development of the accords is the exact opposite of mine! With me it starts off all fruity and flowery and then dries down to a beautiful soft amber. If I sniff the cap, all I get really is the amber. When I sniff my shirt the next day, it's the amber again. The top notes don't last long with me but I'm loving the way they develop as a distinct pair of accords that take turns on the stage, weaving in and out of each other. I'm starting to believe it's a wonderfully complex and brilliantly constructed fragrance. I get what you're saying about the Coco Mademoiselle thing, furthermore... I'm still getting coconut coming and going!

    Excuse me while I spray on some more...

  9. #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perfume_Addict View Post
    After having read this thread again last night, I was inspired to wear Ambre Gris today. It started out all amber and resins, but by mid-afternoon I smelled a Coco Mademoiselle-like accord! I was surprised to discover that it had dried down to patchouli and fruit on me. Pleasant, but not expected. I've re-applied now to get the amber and resins back but I found the development sort of backward!
    Thank you for chiming in !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trufflehunter View Post
    The bottle is beautiful. The top is a bit smaller than a golf ball, gupts!

    This frag is capturing me, I think. I'm onto day three now and I keep putting it on. That rarely happens, even with a new acquisition that I've fallen instantly in love with! I usually give it a break for a while. But there's something going on here with Ambre Gris that's grabbing my attention. I really wasn't sure at first.

    PerfumeAddict, your experience with the development of the accords is the exact opposite of mine! With me it starts off all fruity and flowery and then dries down to a beautiful soft amber. If I sniff the cap, all I get really is the amber. When I sniff my shirt the next day, it's the amber again. The top notes don't last long with me but I'm loving the way they develop as a distinct pair of accords that take turns on the stage, weaving in and out of each other. I'm starting to believe it's a wonderfully complex and brilliantly constructed fragrance. I get what you're saying about the Coco Mademoiselle thing, furthermore... I'm still getting coconut coming and going!

    Excuse me while I spray on some more...
    i can totally relate to what you are saying! there is that "X" factor in it.. the way this scent keeps one lingering with thse wonderful set of accords is truly some work. very rare to see such quality in a desginer scent nowadays...

    Thnx for keeping everyone posted !

  10. #40

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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts View Post
    Jenson...

    The top looks like a golf ball made out of gold. Is it just the same size as that of an actual golf ball? I think the bottle is just too beautiful.....I hope mine arrives on Monday
    The bottle is really handsome...I like the smokey grey of the bottle glass, and the chunky, solidity of it, combined with the gold "Epcot" dome top (or maybe its the Times Square New Year's Eve ball). Not dimpled like a golf ball...honeycombed!

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    I,m just going to buy this blind today based on all the reviews and comments.I think it is my sort of fragrance as I love smokey woody scents such as M7 and I used to love Gucci Rush for men before it was discontinued.My late mother always loved Balmain fragrances and the one that smelled particularly nice on her was Jolie Madame.
    I have tried Monsieur Balmain but it wasnt to my taste,very lemon with a cedarish dry down
    Also does anyone know who the other newish Bamain fragrance would be suitable for ie.La Mome.
    Is it a fragrance that a man could wear as the contents list seemed very fruity,floral??
    Last edited by funnyboy; 28th February 2009 at 06:54 PM.
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  12. #42

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    Quote Originally Posted by funnyboy View Post
    I,m just going to buy this blind today based on all the reviews and comments.I think it is my sort of fragrance as I love smokey woody scents such as M7 and I used to love Gucci Rush for men...
    I would err on the side of caution here Funnyboy - there is very little smokey and woody about Ambre Gris. It is almost a polar opposite to those scents you mention above.
    Think more along the lines of Gaultier2, and you're in the same neighbourhood as this Balmain release.

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    Thumbs up Re: Balmain Ambre Gris (lovely scent, boring review)

    Glad to see that Ambre Gris is getting some press and use here. I was sold on this fragrance from the first moment I used it and it just got better as the hours went by. Viva la Ambre Gris! The unknown country.

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    Got my sample in the mail today. I've been wearing it for an hour and a half. It's very similar to Belle en Rykiel (though a bit weaker), but with the addition of a phlegm-like note that wafts in and out from time to time. At this point, I'd stick with the more pleasant BeR. I'll update this if there's any major changes over the next few hours.

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    Smile Re: Balmain Ambre Gris (lovely scent, boring review)

    I have both Bell en Rykiel and Ambre Gris. To me they are too different personalities both sighrly gourmond but Bell is brash and loud where AG is soft and sophisticated with a better vanilla rendtition IMO.The difference to me is I own 1 bottle of Belle and 1/2 liter ( five bottles) of Ambre Gris. Of course frags are individual to our tastes and both are good frags.

  16. #46

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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts View Post
    Jenson...

    The top looks like a golf ball made out of gold. Is it just the same size as that of an actual golf ball? I think the bottle is just too beautiful.....I hope mine arrives on Monday
    Here's another pic to give a better idea of proportion and size. It's a super heavy bottle!


  17. #47

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    Yes, BeR is brash, but this phlegm note in Ambre Gris is something I probably won't be able to deal with.

  18. #48

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    you are an excellent photographer Jrd4t... the glass looks stunning and the golf ball is kind playing tricks with my eyes...am i hallucinating or what

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    you are an excellent photographer Jrd4t... the glass looks stunning and the golf ball is kind playing tricks with my eyes...am i hallucinating or what
    aww shucks

  20. #50

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    This is my SotE tonight, and I have to say Bigsly, after my 5th day with the flu, the only phlegm-note I'm getting is coming from my hankie.

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    Bigsly, i dont think you realise, this happens to be one the cheapest perfumes out there which is offering such quality,,,even the rykiel is expensive

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    Okay, the phlegm note combined with a dry incense-like note and isn't bad. I've got to try using more, but then the early phlegm might make it intolerable. I'll try three sprays next time. The price is irrelevant to me, because I can get more than enough by trading stuff I don't want, and when I review frags I don't take price into account when giving it a +,-, or neutral.

    UPDATE: I get wafts of the BeR top accord continually, but the drydown brings a resinous, "gray" amber too. I can't say I really like this, but I can understand those who do. I've got an amber similar to this (generic) that I like better, and also BeR, so I can't see myself reaching for this often. Longevity seems excellent and sillage is good, but comes and goes (which is fine with me, because it prevents possible boredom). I have enough for several more wearings, whenever I get around to it.
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    Smile Re: Balmain Ambre Gris (lovely scent, boring review)

    I have worn this fragrance now for over three months and I have to say the bang for the buck is amazing and the fragrance is classy, so is the bottle. It is beautiful vanilla and a little gourmand.

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    A thought on this :
    It's easily rendered more fascinating, with a dab of Madini Ambar Gris....
    The choya nakh in the Madini amps up smokiness and 'dries out ' extra sweetness that might be found cloying.
    That way, you can enjoy your bottle better [ if it's a problem].

    I like it both ways- but the Madini really turns it into a one-of-a-kind-knockout-
    The kind of scent you'd make for yourself, as a bespoke....

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    Default Re: Balmain Ambre Gris (lovely scent, boring review)

    Quote Originally Posted by jrd4t View Post
    Here's another pic to give a better idea of proportion and size. It's a super heavy bottle!

    jrd4t...thank you mate...for using your 'photography skills' to reveal the true character of the bottle.....

    I did get my own bottle though, after reading so much about it on the board...I must say, the bottle is definitely 'up there'

    As for the juice inside, I have worn it a few times and everytime I wear it, I tell myself I am going to have an opinion this time for sure, but I can't decide.
    I don't like it much, yet it's not so bad. I guess I need to keep reassessing it.

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    Default Re: Balmain Ambre Gris (lovely scent, boring review)

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    you are an excellent photographer Jrd4t... the glass looks stunning and the golf ball is kind playing tricks with my eyes...am i hallucinating or what
    Jenson, you are right there mate...Jrd4t is an 'excellent photographer'....perhaps you are not aware of his 'credentials' ...check your PM

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    Smile Re: Balmain Ambre Gris (lovely scent, boring review)

    I tried Belle en Rykiel tonight and it is true that the base seems similar but it is just a little too loud compared to Ambre Gris.

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    I think there's a bit more wood in the BeR base. In any case, the big problem I have with AG is that the super sweet top notes keep wafting up, and this detracts from the appreciation of the "gray" amber, which is nice. With BeR, those top notes subside after a couple of hours or so, and then you have a woody amber mostly.
    Last edited by Bigsly; 14th March 2009 at 02:34 AM.

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    Default Re: Balmain Ambre Gris (lovely scent, boring review)

    Quote Originally Posted by Angeldust View Post
    Okay- this might sound like a really redundant question, and for that, I apologise but Is this a male or a female scent?!

    Mike


    EDIT- Hang on... its in the Male section... GAH I apologise- its been a long day!
    Sweetie; over 100 posts and you ask this question. There is not a fragrance that should be labeled male or female, all fragrances can be worn by either gender .

    Also, love your avatar
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    My idea of fun is seeing Ambre Gris in Colette Paris for 100 Euros and then coming home and buying it online for 20 bucks!

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