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  1. #31

    Default Re: prada amber pour homme, mugler cologne or gendarme???

    I'd go for the Mugler.
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  2. #32

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    Funny this thread popped up again, as I just re-tested Amber at the mall today. It's much soapier than I recall from the last time I smelled it months ago, when I found it a sweet, powdery, musky thing in the vein of Le Mâle. (My nose must have been off that day, or maybe I confused Amber with Infusion d'Homme? Gah, how I loathe Prada's naming conventions.)

    I dig the slightly rooty (iris?) drydown countering the sweet soapiness of Amber's heart, and it's clearly well-made, with excellent tenacity. But overall, I prefer the Mugler. "Soapy" is simply not my favored category of scent, and the Prada doesn't have much more going on besides that: soap. The Mugler livens things up with that zingy vetiver, smooth, almost milky musk (I swear there's a dash of ambergris somewhere in the mix), and synthetic steam-clean haze that somehow makes my mouth water. I'm bored by the Prada, but fascinated and delighted by the Mugler. Sadly, I haven't smelled the Gendarme so I can't make a comparison, but Mugler gets my vote (and dollar).

  3. #33

    Default Re: prada amber pour homme, mugler cologne or gendarme???

    Well. You should buy both the Prada - Amber and Mugler Cologne. The damage won't be too bad.

  4. #34

    Default Re: prada amber pour homme, mugler cologne or gendarme???

    I'd go with Mugler Cologne, it's more versatile.

  5. #35

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    Prada Amber is a 5 star scent - it has great evolution, quality materials, and is smooth and luxurious. The musk in Mugler KILLS me - it's SUPER potent to my nose after a few hours. Ugh. Just so synthetic - I don't know how this became a BN darling. Haven't tried Gendarme yet. Still, Prada Amber is worth owning.

    *Edit: I don't get the "Amber is just soapy" mentality at all. There's a very clear and identifiable orange blossom note, along with a sweet patchouli and cardamom, a huge sweet myrrh note (which is kind of bubblegummy, here) and perhaps best of all, a semi-smoky vetiver that reveals itself in the late drydown, alongside the suede note.
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  6. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worth1969 View Post
    For me it's Mugler all the way!

    In addition to the clean freshness, there's also a sweet, sensuous musk countered nicely with a touch of vetyver.
    Loads of compliments from ladies when i wear this ; )

    Gendarme is also a beautiful fragrance in it's own right - a little softer, perhaps, but still formidable.

    Although, i do like Prada Amber (I'm wearing it right now as I write this), the scent itself just isn't as pleasant and enjoyable as Mugler and doesn't seem to captivate the ladies, either. You might say it's my body chemistry, but i used to sell Prada and the general response was nowhere near as favorable compared to Mugler.

    Do try them all on your skin and bring a nose of distinction with you, then make an informed decision.

    In my humble opinion, Mugler gets the nod.
    haha speak for yourself about the compliments. I never fail to get compliments when I wear Prada Amber.

    But to be fair, ive never smelled Mugler Cologne, so im curious to try it

  7. #37

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    I have both Prada Amber PH and Gendarme G [Gendarme in edp strength] and did own Mugler cologne. Mugler cologne did not smell clean or soapy to me at all, not in the sense that Prada ApH and Gendarme do.

    Gendarme is very much the clean linen/irish springs scent and Amber PH more of a powdery scent to me. Either way, these two fragrances are the only two I've smelled to date that I'd feel comfortable attaching the way too overused descriptor "fresh".

    Incidentally I wore Gendarme G as SOTD today.
    .Dave J

  8. #38

    Default Re: prada amber pour homme, mugler cologne or gendarme???

    Prada Amber and Infusion

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    Default Re: prada amber pour homme, mugler cologne or gendarme???

    Hope it's not too late, just wanna let you know there's an unopened 10ml Prada Amber travel spray here and in case you haven't made up your mind yet, you are more than welcome to take it...and no charge as i wouldn't be able to finish off anyways.

  10. #40

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    Thanks for all the input. I went with Gendarme and Mugler! I'm ready for another soapy frag. Anything new and exciting like that?

  11. #41

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    Try Creed Original Vetiver!

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    Default Re: prada amber pour homme, mugler cologne or gendarme???

    Amber!

  13. #43

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    Slightly prefer Gendarme over Mugler, but like both; when I want a clean fragrance I wear Bulgari Blu, but would happily wear any of these three.

    While I sometimes enjoy the Pradas mentioned, they have too much of an olfactory punch to smell like clean fresh soap to me.
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    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

  14. #44

    Default Re: prada amber pour homme, mugler cologne or gendarme???

    Prada amber for going out/dating.
    Mugler cologne for lazy sunday afternoon.
    Gendarme for work.

  15. #45

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    I like Mugler Cologne followed by Gendarme. I don't like the smell of Prada.

    Mugler cologne I would use for work or casual wearing. Gendarme for night or dressing up.

    both are extremely versatile but Gendarme always seemed more formal to me.

  16. #46

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    I hope the OP has been able to make up his mind. It has nearly been two years!

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