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    Default Re: Anything afordable smell like Hermessence Ambre Narguile?

    The closest that i get from Ambre Narguile fragrance is Killian Back To Black, which is more spicy and has a tobacco note which is lacking on the Ambre Narguile fragrance. Also, the chamomile note is annoying for me on this one - at first i couldn`t notice, then i started to get very intensively a burnt chamomile accord, which made me selling my bottle after some time.
    I don`t think that Amber Absolute from tom Ford smells like Ambre Narguile. Although they are sweet and spicy, Ambre Narguile is more coziest and doesn`t have that sharp, dry honeyed, animalic side of Amber which is very in evidence when you spray Amber Absolute on skin.

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    Default Re: Anything afordable smell like Hermessence Ambre Narguile?

    Quote Originally Posted by perfectscent View Post
    Ambre Narguile is a wonderful fall scent, I had a sample for a while but didn't care much for it in the summer,
    I looked for alternatives and voila!

    Burberry London men
    , has the same crisp, fresh, fruity quality, you smell: apples, dash of cinnammon there is also port wine accord and amber and woods to make this thing even better ;-)

    just to add, since the Hermessence line is relatively an expensive deal,

    imho the replacement for Vetiver Tonka, also very wintery/fall fragrance

    Burberry Brit, loads of tonka, freshness of tea rose and and bay leaves which adds that herbal quality vetiver has,

    I know that there is no replacement for the originals but these share the same vibe and I hope you folks enjoy them as much as I do now.
    Don`t think that neither London, Vetiver Tonka nor Burberry Brit have something in common with Ambre Narguille.

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    Default Re: Anything afordable smell like Hermessence Ambre Narguile?

    It's $215 for 100ml, why not split a bottle with someone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Histoire d'Eau is probably more similar to Daim Blond, but it's super cheap and has a spicy/dried fruit/vanilla/amber/light suede thing going on, so that might be worth a shot.
    I recently bought a bottle of Hd'E and I don't see the Daim Blond connection - it has non of the sour apricot of DB. It does, however, remind me of Ambre Narguille - BIG TIME! You can find Histoire d'Eau for less than $10 online.

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    I found Michael Kors for men's top notes to strongly resemble AN's, but the fragrances are nothing alike. You can give Banderas Spirit and Spirit VIP a try; they are cheapies and share a lot in common with AN, especially Spirit VIP, but they are more spicy than gourmand.

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    Larwiz,

    Based on what I have read from your comments and posts, nothing will give you the same satisfaction as the real thing, so my suggestion, don't look for one and just take the plunge! It will be worth it.

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    Hmmm, I haven't really found anything that's a good substitute. Although the juice goes a long way so I'd suggest either trying to do a decant swap, doing a split/decant buy, or even asking a few boutiques around town for a sample (4mlx2-3=golden).

    alternatives? nothing great. Something like boss bottled will get you some apple and cinnimon, and Michael Kors will get you some syrup, fruits, but then tobacco... That's all I got.
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    HARD TO FIND - Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...


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    Quote Originally Posted by lsp_NY View Post
    Larwiz,

    Based on what I have read from your comments and posts, nothing will give you the same satisfaction as the real thing, so my suggestion, don't look for one and just take the plunge! It will be worth it.
    +1.

    If you really want it that much...

    The fact is, at least 75% of these "More affordable version of an 'expensive' fragrance?" threads are redundant - in order to find something cheaper, you'll have to make some compromises that your nose will ultimately detect. If you're prepared to take a chance (with a high possibility of not being contented with your cheaper alternative in the long-term), continue expecting replies. If not, forget about this thread, cut back and save some money, and buy the real thing with some peace of mind.

    Not difficult, is it?

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    Default Re: Anything afordable smell like Hermessence Ambre Narguile?

    May l suggest Roberto Cavalli's Oro? lt has very similar spiced apple & amber notes, with the same kind of "sheer" feel, & can be found very cheaply on ebay!
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    For the record, I ended up getting the travel set. Still on my first vial, and still loving the stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larwiz View Post
    For the record, I ended up getting the travel set. Still on my first vial, and still loving the stuff...
    Attaboy! You've made the right choice.

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    I have found with AN that there is nothing quite like it....thats I guess why the price it up there. Yet, if its what makes you happy then no cheap substitution will work as you will always be saying I should have kept the $75 (or whatever $XX) and put it towards the 4x 15mls and got them all in the AN scent which Hermes will do for you.
    these noses know what they are doing when they come up with a gem and AN is quite a gem.
    You may also like L'eau de Amber Extreme at $155 per 100ml - longevity and sillage are not great though. Yet the scent is beautiful.
    Amber Absolute is awesome and nothing like any other Amber... so its all 'apples & oranges' and the AN is not comparable.
    When you get it 60ml or 1100ml you will be happy you did as you will have the real deal... enjoy!
    Quote Originally Posted by Larwiz View Post
    This is my favorite discovery of 2009. Hermessence Ambre Narguile. So sweet and succulent. That honey, apple, cinnamon, and spices. It's awesome stuff. I went to a Hermes boutique and was lucky enough to get a 4 ml sample vial, but I want more!!! I'm prepared to spend the $145 on the 4 x 15ml travel set (when I get my tax return), which would be my most expensive perfume purchase yet (I thought my first $100+ purchase would be M. Micallef's Note Vanille or Guerlain's SDV before I met this one), but before I do, I would like to try anything that closely resembles this one. Is there a such thing? Now, if they are in the same price range, then forget about it. I would rather pay the extra $$$ and get the real thing. But, if there is anything sub $100 that is similar, please let me know. Thank you.

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    Thanx Nolaig! I ended up getting the travel set. I'm actually still on my 1st bottle. Lately, I don't reach for it often, truthfully. I still think it's a nice fragrance, but the last few times I wore it, I remember feeling somewhat bothered by the sweetness. *shrugs* But I haven't given up on it yet. I still think it's a nice fragrance, and I it's possibly that I may have simply overapplied. So I will spray a little less the next time I wear it and see if that makes a difference.

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    apple sauce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larwiz View Post
    Thanx Nolaig! I ended up getting the travel set. I'm actually still on my 1st bottle. Lately, I don't reach for it often, truthfully. I still think it's a nice fragrance, but the last few times I wore it, I remember feeling somewhat bothered by the sweetness. *shrugs* But I haven't given up on it yet. I still think it's a nice fragrance, and I it's possibly that I may have simply overapplied. So I will spray a little less the next time I wear it and see if that makes a difference.
    Less is definitely more with this fragrance. It can get very cloying very quickly.

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    I think this is one of the only JCE frags I like.
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    Just sampled AN today for the first time. Loving it...and then lo & behold in the evening it struck me why it smelled familiar.
    It is like a low/non-alcoholic version of Ambre Russe by Parfum d'Empire.
    Not really cheap but cheaper than AN and of most excellent quality! Loved nearly every single scent of PdE when I sampled them and those I didn't love, just were too masculin for a female

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    Default Re: Anything afordable smell like Hermessence Ambre Narguile?

    Santal Massoia is very afordable

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    I know it's not Ambre Narguile, but While we are on the topic of Hermessence and stuff that could arguably stand in "in a pinch", here is my opinion on Hermessence Poivre Samarcande...

    Smells similar to...
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    Funny you say that.. I've seen comparisons between Poivre Samarcande and Terre d'Hermès. I've never smelled Oscar for men so can't comment, but now I'm going through a large Hermès sample pack and another Hermessence sample pack, the Terre d'Hermès smells quite similar.. except TdH is better: much better longevity/sillage as well as just plain nicer (citrus top notes are always a plus)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post

    ... you'll have to make some compromises that your nose will ultimately detect.
    yes
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    Default Re: Anything afordable smell like Hermessence Ambre Narguile?

    I think Ambre Nuit gives off a similar vibe, with added rose. It's a little more affordable and you get more.

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    Default Re: Anything afordable smell like Hermessence Ambre Narguile?

    Brecourt Haram, or Farah as they changed its name recently, smells very very similar, to my nose it is even deeper and with better longevity/projection, and all that at just 69e/50ml. They also send free official samples from the website, just cover the shipping costs of 1.9e. Worth a try, amazing scent!

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    Just got a sample delivered to me today (Thank you Hermes) I found it very unique, but does anyone see a slight resemblance to Boss Bottled ?
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    Get Spicebomb by V&R. Very similar to my nose after an hour or so.
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    I havn't tried it, but perhaps 24 Gold may settle for what your after?
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    Default Re: Anything afordable smell like Hermessence Ambre Narguile?

    Ambre Russe is way different especially in the opening. But the dry down of AR kinda reminds me of AN. This is the only one I could think of and it's only $88.
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    24 Gold smells almost identical to AN imo, until it gets into the dry down. 24 Gold finishes with a cheap amber base that I dislike, where as AN focuses more on the spices and a mellow amber base.
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    Pure Havane ... own them both .. love them.

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    I haven't tried it yet, but Helg mentions Spicebomb as an Ambre Narguile alternative in this blog post: http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com/20...rguile-in.html
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