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It smells like amber -- check out the Le Labo
After smelling the essential oil a few days ago, I can confirm it smells nothing like amber.
Amber is soft.
Labdanum smells pungent.
I smelled the Chanel essential oils labdanum customer sample.
Indeed, labdanum smells more leathery and deep than other resins. Still, it is used in ambers, as a part of the whole package.
Nice set of vials - is that something they sell, or are they following Dior, which put out a dozen or so vials in their exclusives counters?
Labdanum to me smells like a rich and somewhat smokey resin with a syrup-like sweetness. Sometimes I get undertones of faint leather and a mild dustiness.
Le Labo has a nice one too.
The Le Labo set costs $500, and had it been on sale, the Chanel would have costed twice as much, if not more. Definitely more convenient to place an order with perfurmers apprentice or the like.
But these sets are very useful to smell in store.
Be careful if you work with labdanum absolute, it's a pretty sticky dark material...pretty hard to get out of clothes FYI...I learned from experience. Labdanum Absolute smells divine, but it is about the consistency of molasses, probably thicker and it's a pretty difficult material to work for the uninitiated as it needs to be heated to become workable in terms of drops. Just keep that in mind if you intend to get the absolute.
I don't want to be picky but if the 'main ingredient' is labdanum -- I'm thinking amber may actually smell like labdanum (in it's perfume state).