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    I've been looking for an amber scent, and there are so many good contenders that it's hard to know where to start. I thought it might be fun to do a big amber throwdown in the style of March Madness. Not sure about the logistics yet; I'm thinking people could maybe sign up to represent one of these scents that they happen to ahve in their wardrobe. We'll probably need a few samples poured, too. Here are the things I need help with:

    * Help me fill in some more amber fragrances
    * Feedback on whether the pairings make sense
    * Volunteer to represent one of the scents
    * Ideas for the logistics of each round


    To participate, you should be able to represent at least one of these fragrances. That means you have a bottle and, at some point, will be willing to decant about 2ml for other participants. Please indicate in a PM which fragrance you can represent. Due to the logistical constraints of mailing things to other sniffers, I'd like to limit the first throwdown to North America. Once I've figured out how this works, we can host the next one in Europe.
    Last edited by Beranium Chotato; 21st February 2012 at 09:39 PM.

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    My first thought is that maybe I should move all the traditional/straightforward ambers to one side and all the amber+(animalic/powder/floral/fruit/etc.) to the other side. That would make the final round a showdown between a straight amber and an amber-dominant fragrance.

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    Armani privé - Ambre orient
    LM parfums - Ambre muscadin
    My top 16:

    1. Joop! - Homme 2. Puredistance - M
    3. Tom Ford - Tobacco vanille 4. Tom Ford - Neroli portofino
    5. Tauer - L'air de desert marocaine 6. Armani Privé - Ambre orient
    7. Bond - Harrod's oud 8. Amouage - Jubilation XXV
    9. Parf. Brückner - Aoud 1 10. Clive Christian - X
    11.Xerjoff - Regio 12. Lush - Breath of God
    13. M.Micaleff - Art collec. 102 14. Armani Privé - Figuier eden
    15. Nasomatto - Pardon 16. Heeley - Oranges and lemons ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAndySais View Post
    Armani privé - Ambre orient
    LM parfums - Ambre muscadin
    I haven't tried either of those. Are they straight ambers or ambers with a little something extra? (I'm guessing Amber Muscadin is the latter.)

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    Some additions:

    Neil Morris Burnt Amber
    Dr. Vranjes Ambra Iris
    Sonoma Scent Studio Ambre Noir
    Parfumerie Generale L'Ombre Fauve
    Estee Lauder Amber Ylang

    All worth sampling, in my opinion.

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    I think you might run into a problem in that, with so many ambers, very few, if anyone, has tried them all.

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    I think this is a great idea. Depending on the outcome, it would be excellent to follow up with one for Tobacco...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugandaraja View Post
    I think you might run into a problem in that, with so many ambers, very few, if anyone, has tried them all.
    I'm going to attempt to collect samples for anything in the competition. What I have to figure out is how to disseminate them and vote for each round. There will definitely be no voting without sniffing.

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    I would recommend adding Mona di Orio's sublime Les Nombres d'Or Ambre.
    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)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driů) - tie

    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) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
    Currently wearing: Rose Cut by Ann Gerard

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    I will update the diagram tonight with all of the suggestions. Are they all readily available? Do you notice any on my original diagram that are not readily available?

    Also, please PM me if you can represent one or more of these scents. I will probably ask you for about 2ml of juice.

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    Montale Oud Amber Rose

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    Don't forget cult classic Baldessarini Ambre
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    Great idea!

    I'm not a fan of ambers, nor do I own many, so I cannot help you here. I enjoyed Dior Ambre Nuit (though I prefer the more complex Mitzah, amber + patch). And some people here seem to be big fans of Ambra mediterranea by Profumi del forte (hedonist?).


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    Great idea.

    I'd suggest Ambre Nuit by Dior, and maybe Kiehl's Amber oil. Prada's Cuir Ambre is great, though it may be hard to find a sample.
    Currently wearing: Fracas by Robert Piguet

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    Profumum Roma - Ambra Aurea
    Straight up amber with a bit of smoke

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    Montale Blue Amber

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    Im a real amber hound. Heres three that are top notch:

    MDCI-Amber Topkapi
    Il Profumo-Ambre D'or
    Cerchi Nell'acqua-Ambr'ero(one of the best to me)
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    Amber Madness sounds like a soft porn star name.
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    I'll second Suga's suggestion for L'Ombre Fauve but I strongly recommend you to include in your list also Ambra Mediterranea by I Profumi Del Forte which is a TERRIFIC and luxurious/lascivious concoction of amber and frankincense. Crispy and bombastic yet incredibly elegant.

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    a vote for amber absolute by tom ford, it lasts and projects like crazy and is great for cold winter nights, has a burned house church vibe going on. Only down side though is that its not very versatile, id use it for special occasions or for things like going to a nice restaurant etc..

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    Thank you. I'm getting all these, and I'll update the chart shortly.

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