I wore Ambrarem last night for New Year's Eve. Ambrarem opens with a distinct petroleum accord - that HDP Petroleum doesn't have. It's like they named them wrong. Take a Xerjoff Homme or Knize 10 opening, tame it, knock the intial blast down by 70%, and you have a sophisticated petroleum accord created by a balancing act between saffron, iris and castoreum.
Gérald Ghislain is the "king of balance". Time and time again he manages to balance scents so meticulously, that talking about individual notes seems pointless.
Ambrarem gets my vote for the most "Unique Scent of 2011". I haven't smelled anything like it in the last 3,000 samples I acquired. The scent has nose addicting qualities - new pleasures for the nose, not knowing the origin or caring for that matter.
I think these three Edition Rare scents could have been called "The Juxtaposition Trilogy" or
"The Yin and Yang Ménage à trois." Let's give you floral one minute, then hit you with an anamalic theme, then bam, a sweet thing going on - all the while not having a clue what's happening, but enjoying every minute of it. Let's just say Ambrarem will be my first bottle purchase of 2012.
Gérald Ghislain really takes his perfume creations to knew levels of enjoyment with The Edition Rare Trilogy. These are serious perfumes with super high quality raw materials, fantastic longevity and sillage.
Ambrarem is like good Ménage à trois, you'll never forget it, always wanting to come back for more.