Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
MPG Ambre Precieux
I have been experimenting with a couple of ambers, but have found in some cases the drydown to be too powdery or even floral / feminine.
Are there any recommended ambers that lean toward the masculine side?
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
MPG Ambre Precieux
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Yes, definitely L'Ombre Fauve. I'd also add Tauer's LADDM, but I see from your wardrobe that you have already tried. Amber Absolute is also brilliant for me, but it might dry down to a bit more feminine? Then of course there is Ambre Russe.
IMO there are only a few which meet the standard you've outlined :
Commercially - PG's L'Ombre Fauve and Halson Man Amber
Home Brew - thick white perfume grade ambergris mixed with high grade indian amber
Difficult to Find - Amouage for Harrods Ltd Edition Salalah Green (highest concentration of true ambergris in the drydown I've been able to find & I've tested a boatload.
Amber is awesome... here are my favorites:
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Another vote for Ambre Sultan
Ambre Sultan , the sultan of ambre
Yes to all the above ! Ambre Sultan , Amber Absolute and Ambre Narguille are all great . The TF is huge so apply with caution !
I like a bit of darkness in my amber. Dark notes offer the perfect compliment to the persistent warmth of an amber fragrance. Perfect fragrances for fall and winter.
Favorites are: Annick Goutal Ambre Fetische, and Ambre Noir by Sonoma Scent Studio.
TF Amber Absolute
L'AP Ambre Extreme
(yet to try L'Ombre Fauve, Profumum's Ambre Aurea and LHP 114 though)
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Ambre Sultan..SL..Spicy resinous somewhat smoky dry-down.
Blue Amber..Montale..Sweet, but not cloying dry-down with a hint of Geranium.
Ambre Precieux..MPG..Slightly sweet dry-down with a hint of Nutmeg.
Ambre L'Occitane.. A very underrated fragrance.Spicy, woody rich full warm fragrance.Can hold It's own against many so called "heavy weights" in the crowded market place of Amber fragrances.
MPG Ambre Precieux is my current fave. I also like Tom Ford's Amber Absolute. One of the ones people don't even consider that is very amazing and quite affordable is the Molinard Ambre.
Not every fragrance with 'Amber' or 'Ambre' in the name showcases 'amber' prominently. Some choose to accentuate the sweet aspect while others may amp up the smoky resinous side. While I do enjoy Sonoma Scent's Ambre Noir & Parfum d'Empire's Ambre Russe, I find their leathery aspect something of a distraction from the 'amber' character.
My current amber-centric favorite fragrance vote goes to: Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums
Also try L'Eau d'Ambre by L'Artisan Parfumeur.
if times and nose change, id probably wear amber sultan
if im not mistaken there is also an amber for men by prada.. not sure what the bnoters think of this but i vaguely remember it wasnt so bad.. it's more to the refined aura though, instead of a raw amber..
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Serge Lutens Amber
Montale Blue Amber
Histoire de Parfums Amber 114
Annick Goutal Amber
Hermes Hermessence collection Amber
Last edited by chocolateguy; 31st October 2010 at 06:16 PM.
Another one for Amber Fetish by Annick Goutal.
Of all the notes, amber is the one that really suffocates me with its darkness. But I own and enjoy Ambre Precieux (MPeG). which is a gourmand take on amber and the sweetness takes away some of the darkness.
Another suggestion would be Patchouli Leaves (Montale). When the patchouli beast calms down you get an excellent amber base.
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I normally avoid amber dominant fragrances, but even I have to concede that Ambre Sultan is wonderful
Ambre Sultan? I thought He asked for something more masculine..
Baldessarini Ambre is very masculine. It's actually a creamy amber to my nose, while simultaneously dirty. It also has a top note of apple, but not your typical apple. The mellow tobacco combined with the amber make it quite manly. It's a niche quality frag imo.
Actually the dirtiness you get from this amber, similar to that of the vetiver note, is the way amber is supposed to be. Resinous and dirty.
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I have been enjoying Halston Amber -
l've tried quite a few ambers in recent weeks, & by far the most masculine to my nose is Ambre Sultan with it's herbal, medicinal & pine-needle notes. You might also like Ambra Aurea by Profumum, & Ambra Nera by Farmacia SS Annunziata. Baldessarini's Ambre is also worth a sniff IMO, although it's not an amber-dominated fragrance.
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My favorites are (in no particular order) Ambre Sultan, Ambre Russe, Blue Amber and Ambre 114.
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Dirty and earthy are two words that mean about the same to me in fragrances. Earthy being the smell of soil, trees, plants in their natural form, which tend to smell dirty. Have you ever smelled amber?
Last edited by The_Cologneist; 1st November 2010 at 01:28 PM.
Every fragrance house, especially niche ones, seems to have an amber. From my experience, much of what is called "amber" is sweet and resinous and built off of labdanum. I have actually smelled amber resin (the fossilized kind) burning and it smells very beautiful - very resinous. As far as pure amber resinoid or absolute? I'm not convinced that anything I have ever smelled that claimed to be such was authentic (and I have smelled a LOT of them). What is your reference for what the note "amber" is supposed to smell like?
Here is an interesting blog post on this topic you might find interesting: http://perfumeshrine.fortunecity.com/blog/entry76.html
Last edited by mrclmind; 1st November 2010 at 04:57 PM.
Another vote for the underrated l'Occitane Ambre. Very straightforward and not powdery. It's a relatively "safe" amber as opposed to Ambre Sultan which can be a little crass and offensive (IMO).