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IMO a woman could rock Prada's Amber Pour Homme or the Amber Pour Homme Intense version. Both are wonderful ambery scents.
^I like those too. Prefer the intense one I think.
completely forgot about Farmacia SS. Annunziata Ambra Nera (like the name, 'dark amber', rich, opulent, resinous)!! amazing (on my 'to buy' list).
And there is always: Amber, by Aftelier. Dry, smoky, 100% organic...
You are never too old nor too fat to be elegant and pleasantly fragrant!
Echoing: Ambre Sultan is the stuff (I like my amber herbal and dry), but Ambre 114 is the stuff that isn't quite as showy and sweeps away the herbs. I see it discussed a bit here, but is Balmain Ambre Gris worth a shot for one who likes these?
Course, Obsession is an instant flashback to being drowned by lipstick-on-cheek-attack relatives all of childhood who wore the stuff 24/7, but it's a very ambery popular designer offering if you didn't suffer its over-exposure.
how come no one has mentioned coromandel is beyond me!!
Trouble by Boucheron is an amber bomb. Nothing but amber!
EL Amber Ylang is also a nice amber, very similar to Joop Le Bain
Opus VI integrates a wonderful amber with the smokier elements - not for everyone and definitely not a 'pure' amber, but absolutely stunning.
+1 Attrape Coeur - beautiful stuff.
My favorite amber that I've tried so far, is Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens. My skin seems to magnify the sweetness is anything that I put on, (or perhaps I just don't like anything sweet), and the herbaceous green notes manage to downplay the sweetness of the amber where I love to wear it. I also think that the juxtaposition of the cool and medicinal greens is a perfect accompaniment to the natural smoothness and sweet warmness of the amber, which makes it a really interesting concoction indeed, even if it isn't super wearable for most. I like Parfums d'Empire's Ambre Russe too, which is a salty, alcoholic amber, rich and baroque... But as beautiful as it is, there isn't many places to wear it, which is why its a distant second to my Ambre Sultan, which I plan to buy as soon as I have enough disposable cash to not feel guilty about it I'll be sure to try Cabochard Ambre or Voile d'Ambre if I ever get the chance.
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Coromandel's great! My nose isn't very trained, so I lack major words to describe it, but I'm wearing it right now and find that I really enjoy it. A rich, creamy, smooth, and radiant piece.
Ambre Gris by Balmain - I had a sample and found it very boring. Amber by Stendhal as well...
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+ Coromandel is great of course. I hadn't thought of it as an amber, rather a patchouly. But definitely a masterpiece and also a compliment-getter (and I rarely get compliments on my scents)
Right now I'd say Ambre Sultan-Ambra mediterranea-Ambre Russe
(ps...may i also include L'eau d'ambre,in the category of cozyness in a bottle??)
DieNase, if you want something medicinal/resinous, I'd suggest Tom Ford's Amber Absolute. The opening on that one (which lasts at least 2 hours on me) is more incense-y than amber-y. It's part of my amber holy trinity with Ambre Russe (boozy) and Ambre Sultan (herbal).
Also wonderful (but on the musky/skanky side of amber) are Parfumerie Generale's L'Ombre Fauvre and Felanilla, and on the really smoky side of amber is the discontinued but to-die-for-amazing Sonoma Scent Studio's Original Amber.
I'm intrigued by Ambre 114. It's my test list.
I found Ambre Precieux too powdery for my liking.
Dear ExtremeK, thanks for the recommendations. I'll add the Tom Ford to my test list. Sounds good.
What I don't understand - why does Ambra Nobile by Nobile 1942 not get more love? It was a love at first sniff and a very spontaneous buy, which I usually try to avoid. Still think of it as quite close to my holy grail amber (not knowing many ambers so far).
It is dry, medicinal, herbal, dusty, incensy...just pure genious. Any thoughts on this relatively unknown jewel?
Tom Ford's, I think.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
Les Nombres d'Or Ambre by Mona di Orio gets my vote, just edging out Ambre 114 by Histoire de Parfums
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
Hi all. Today I was given some amber samples by a parfumo friend. i haven't tested them all thoroughly yet. Just my first impressios:
Ambre soie - not for me. Liquorice and that's it. Haribo colorado.
Ambre 114 - sooo boooring. Not up to its hype and up to its price. No herbs, no medicine. Just plain labdanum. I saved 145€
Ambre precieux - interesting top notes, the flattens to something generic.
Ambre russe - didn't like it at fist superficial test in june. More patchouli than amber. Upon second test I got aware that it needs lots of time to bloom. Develops into a great boozy amber with some ressemblances to Ambre Sultan.
Ambre fetiche - wow, that's perverted. Lots of smokey incense. Definitel challeging. Need to try again.
Just my very first impressions. Might change my opinion. So, please don't beat me...
You still think Tom Ford's Amber is for me?
Tom Ford AA is a very dry, resinous amber. It has a smoky quality which combined with what I take to be frankincense, reminds me of the smell of churches where incense is burned. It is not a sweet, easygoing amber like Ambre 114 and Ambre Precieux. It projects far for the first hour and then becomes more of a skin scent which lingers for a very long time. I find it almost as challenging but not quite as complex as Amber Russe. It doesn't have the boozy qualities of AR and the drydown is not as vanillic-sweet. I find TF AA the most "masculine" of all the ambers I have tried (most of the ones listed here). It is not at all powdery either.
Ambra del Nepal is my favorite. I've had my bottle since about 2005 and I'm down to the last 10% and it's killing me. I've heard that it's been reformulated and I'm terrified that it's not the AdN I fell in love with. Other favorites are:
And don't laugh... Mary Kay Warm Amber.
I've tried Amber Absolute by Tom Ford now. Not bad. Lots'of incense. Remindy me a bit of Ambre Fwtiche by Goutal, more refined though. Rather like it so far. Much better than Ambre 114 and alike.
I also'liked Mitzah by Dior. Starts like mixture of Ambre Sultan with a bit of Ambre Fetiche, however weakens quickly and becomes an undefinable sweet something.
Ambre Nuit by Dior is not particularly interesting imo.
Think of buying a full bottle of Ambre Sultan. Getting a 20 ml decant of Amber Absolute (despite the very quick test) and a small decant of ambre russe. Still very happy with my holy grail amber Ambra Nobile, couldn't be pushed off the throne ny neither Ambre 114 nor Ambre precieux (don't particularly like these).
I am really into 180 Ans D Creation. A gorgeous blend of Guerlinade,amber,vanilla, and soft woods.
1. Patou Pour Homme
2. Patou Pour Homme Prive
3. Portrait of a lady
4. Jubilation XXV
5. Cashmere Oud
6. Tribute Attar
7. Ambre 114
8. Clive Christian No. 1
9. Jardin d Amalfi
10. Eau de Patou Pour Homme
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Ambre Sultan Serge's best IMO. However, I have been entranced by Amouage Opus VI lately.
I love so many Amber fragrances in their own way.
Amber lovers, give a try to these as they all have a little something different. Amber is not my favorite, but I like these:
Le Sourire de Diable, L' Antichambre
Ambre Premier, Jovoy Paris
Jeux de Peau, Serge Lutens
Ambre Fetiche, Annick Goutal
L'Air du Desert Marocain
love,love,love Hermes Ambre Narguile.
Profumum Ambra Aurea is my absolute favorite, and like you, I've tried a lot! I loved Amber Absolute too, but I guess a lot of other people didn't and therefore they discontinued it. Givenchy Organza Indecense is also nice and reasonably priced. I had Amber Russe but found that it had a sharp note that I didn't really like. Ambre Soie from Armani Prive is also beautiful with a nice spicy cinnamon and/or anise note, but I don't find it too long lasting. Chantecaille Kalimantan is rich and heady and a bit sweet, but worth trying. And lastly, Masque Milano Tango is relatively new and really beautiful.
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remembered one more after my post - Lubin Akkad. Beautifully composed and lasts 6 hours or more.
Unsure whether these fragrances are among the best, but SL Ambre Sultan, Prada Amber and Amber Intense, Christian Lacroix Ambre are some of my personal favorites within this category.