I also think you should test Montale's Blue Amber before making a final decision.
Ambra Nera is so-so, with moderate longevity. Note Ambree is more floral with amber undertones. Ambra Aurea is absolutely delightful and probably smells the most authentic.
"What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.
Others l still plan to try are Ambre Soie, (anyone know where l can get a sample of this?) Musc Ravageur, the Laura Mercier one, & l have a sample on the way of Joliet.
Anyway, after much testing, l have finally put the ones l've tried in order of preference! Here's my top 12 so far;
1. Ambra Aurea; just the most "killer" amber l can imagine, it's got everything.
2. Amber Absolute; a very CLOSE second.
3. Ambra Nera
4. Note Ambree
5. Anne Pliska; very versatile, the only one l felt comfortable wearing at work.
6. Ambre Precieux
7. Sage Machado Amber; would have scored higher if it had better sillage, but lovely comfort scent.
8. Ambre Narguile
9. Fiore d'Ambra
10. Ambre Sultan
11. Dark Amber & Ginger Lily
12. Black Amber
lMHO of course...
Although this hasn't been pointed out before, I have noticed similarities between Fiore d'Ambra and Musc Ravageur (mainly the combination of amber/vanilla, and spices of cinnamon and clove). Out of the two, I much prefer Fiore d'Ambra (as it's devoid of a musk base). Just to let you know.
Btw, Blue Amber is more tenacious than Ambra Aurea but is also more resinous, with a dollop of patchouli and powdery vanilla. Either way, those are the two most satisfying amber scents I've tried to date.
Ambre Soie: http://theperfumedcourt.com/Products...BRESOIEpg.aspx
Last edited by Trebor; 12th October 2010 at 08:18 PM.
Well, if it works for you then that's great. However, don't expect there to be more amber in Musc Ravageur - the amber's more discrete than the amber in Fiore d'Ambra.
Oh, if you do decide to get Ambra Aurea, DO NOT get it from Harrods/Roja Dove! Last year, the price was the same as the e-tailers (£140). Now, they've hiked up the price twice since then: £180 then £190!
Resurrecting this thread to report that l'm sampling Joliet by Essenza di Mezzanotte today. lt's a nice soft, subtle & sweet amber on me, in a similar vein to Estee Lauder's Amber Ylang Ylang (which l tested yesterday & reported on in my "ambery florals" thread). l would put it somewhere near Note Ambree & Ambre Precieux on my preference scale. l think it's subtle enough to wear at work & would also make a lovely comfort scent.
Thanks to Craig for helping me get this sample!
Ambre sultan for me is quite overpowering but many amber lovers adore it.
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