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I think it is going to be amber week and I'm starting with a new one.
Christian Dior Ambre Nuit
In 2004 Christian Dior released, under the aegis of Hedi Slimane, three fragrances that were sold exclusively in their Dior Homme stores. Bois D’Argent, Cologne Blanche, and Eau Noire were three very good fragrances and like Oliver Twist, colognoisseurs wanted “more, please.” Unfortunately M. Slimane left Christian Dior and it seemed this expansion in to niche men’s fragrances would also be gone with him. Now, five years later we find that Christian Dior was going to pick up the ball and add a new fragrance, Ambre Nuit composed by Francois Demachy. As always when something comes back, after the creative inspiration has left, one can have some trepidation at the result. For me I am pleased to say that Ambre Nuit can easily be seen on the shelf with the first three as an equal and not a poor relation.
Ambre Nuit begins with a breath of bergamot and pink pepper. The pepper is only the first spice to come as there is a beautiful mélange of spices in the heart and all of them are combined with a biting spicy rose accord. It isn’t listed but I keep thinking I get a hint of oud deep in the heart of Ambre Nuit and whatever it is makes for an added depth to the heart of Ambre Nuit. The base is a light application of cedar and gaiac. Throughout the development the amber is present; it is soft and rich and keeps this fragrance cohesive and consistent. The omnipresence of the amber can make Ambre Nuit feel almost linear in development and in my first wear of it I thought that might be a problem. Subsequent wears indicate that M. Demachy was after a subtle effect and it is achieved especially with a slightly heavier application that I usually use.
Ambre Nuit has average longevity and modest sillage, it is almost a true skin scent as you have to be very close for another person to detect it.
I am delighted to find Christain Dior back in the men’s fragrance business and I am especially delighted to find they have as much respect for the line as I have. Ambre Nuit does not suffer by comparison to the past.
Have a Mirthful Monday everyone.