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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Quote Originally Posted by bgoc View Post
    I quite like the sound of Ambre Russe and the boozy notes mixed with Amber and hint of leather.

    What is your opinion on longevity and projection of Ambre Russe?
    I am wearing Ambre Russe for this first time and I absolutely love it. The boozy opening that others mention is quite boozy to my nose and that's just fine with me. The booziness stayed on my skin for about 20-30 minutes, then the fragrance transitioned to a wonderful amber/leather/spice core that was substantial but not overpowering.

    I sprayed about 3/4 ml six hours ago and it is still going strong, so longevity is at least good. I don't think it has huge projection but I did receive compliments on it tonight from folks 5-10 feet away.

    Ambre Russe is a winner in my book and is the favorite amber-based fragrance in my collection (I also have HdP's Ambre 114, Smell Bent's Never Neverland, and I Profumi di Firenze's Ambra Grisea and Ambra de Nepal).

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    As others have said Amber Absolute.. is the way to go

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    For a warm, comfortable Ambre, I really like Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums. Some have described it as "textbook" for the genre. I personally find your reference scent, Ambre Sultan, to be an original take on the dry variety of ambres, but it's just too "herbs de provence" and salty for me to cozy up to it. Ambre 114 is spicy as well but with a tad of sweetness without getting syrupy. Ambre Absolute by TF is a fair contender... but dips deeply into the syrupy realm and feels a bit too pure.. in other words... boring for my tastes.

    Since you want projection and power, and an element of booze (alcohol) - Amouage Opus VI would be my top pick. It is the HOTTEST and most radiant ambre I have experienced. Go lightly on the trigger.

    From the mentions above, I really need to try this Ambre Russe. It sounds like everything I would desire in an Ambre-based scent.
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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Quote Originally Posted by Kagey View Post
    If potent is what you're after, I'd suggest Blue Amber from Montale. It was way too big for me.
    Yes, blue amber is very potent! Good juice

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Go buy a bottle of Ambre Precieux right now!

    No but seriously it is amazing.

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    Ambre Russe is gorgeous and one of my favorite ambers, along with Ambre Précieux, Ambra Mediterranea, and L'Air du Désert Marocain. You'd be well served with Ambre Narguilé, as well.

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Majority of amber's project and have good longevity..
    you must sample as I did..
    Tom Ford Amber Absolute is my absolute favorite amber

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    Majority of amber's project and have good longevity..
    you must sample as I did..
    Tom Ford Amber Absolute is my absolute favorite amber
    Agree with all this.


    Personally I hate Ambre Russe - one of my least favorite amber (actually ambergris not amber, but we have played that one out before).

    My favorite ambers that I would call "potent" other than Ambre Sultan:

    TF - Amber Absolute
    Tauer - LDDM (ambergris)
    Bond No. 9 - New York Amber
    by Kilian Amber Oud (but leans a bit feminine)

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Go buy a bottle of Ambre Precieux right now!

    No but seriously it is amazing.

    yes - almost forgot about this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Sounds like we have another convert in the house!
    Count me in too.

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    I just sampled 10-12 Ambers
    These are what I would pick..
    Buy samples and find that you like..

    Profumi del Forte Versilia Vintage - Ambra Mediterranea

    Histoire de Parfums - Ambre 114

    Profumum - Fiore d'Ambra

    Parfum d’Empire - Amber Russe
    Last edited by rarebear; 15th January 2014 at 03:53 AM.

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    I am among the small band who actually like Ambre Russe. It is strong rounded and long lasting. Booze and pipe tobacco, some find too feminine??
    I must add that I don't have others to compare with, except for Korres Saffron Ambre Cardamon, but that's another story I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melvournis View Post
    I am among the small band who actually like Ambre Russe. It is strong rounded and long lasting. Booze and pipe tobacco, some find too feminine??
    I must add that I don't have others to compare with, except for Korres Saffron Ambre Cardamon, but that's another story I think.
    I also never understood why ambre russe is listed as feminine. I like it a lot but still prefer other ambers.

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    I think Ambre Russe is a lovely scent but, like others, I find it much too feminine: the booze never goes away for me and it goes with a sort of tarte tatin sweetness that I can't get along with. My wife likes it on her, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    I did not like Ambre Russe at all. IMO, it smells unpleasant, in a dirty, heavy, cigarette and skanky b.o. kind of way.
    Now that I would probably like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kagey View Post
    If potent is what you're after, I'd suggest Blue Amber from Montale. It was way too big for me.

    +1 the strongest amber i used

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    Quote Originally Posted by trex57 View Post
    Sonoma Scent Studio-Amber Noire A beautiful amber that is NOT a gourmand. Amber and smoke.
    this!

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Another one for Profumi del Forte Versilia Vintage - Ambra Mediterranea, I get phenomenal projection and longevity with this one.

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    +2 Definitely more masculine than feminine, last forever and smells gorgeous! A must try!

    Quote Originally Posted by TLS View Post
    I also never understood why ambre russe is listed as feminine. I like it a lot but still prefer other ambers.
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    ..not considering that unholy better issue, + 12.5 on
    Currently wearing: Ungaro III by Ungaro

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Earlier last year, I said that Prada Amber Intense was a potent amber. That was before I purchased Ambre Preceiux, Ambre Russe and Ambre 114. Great scents.
    Currently wearing: Memoir Man by Amouage

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    My vote goes to Ambre Russe followed closely by Ambre Fetiche. Russe for its booziness and Fetiche for its smoke and leather. Ive tried almost all the ones listed in this thread and they all are great ambers with the amber note very similar. The only differences are how they are dressed up with smoke, leather, spices, vanilla.....the only one here I cant stand is the great Ambre Sultan. Unfortunately too many spices for me.

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Ambra Mediterranea is a gourmand amber which makes me think of chocolate. Longevity is a monster. Too sweet for me tho.

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    Better than Ambre Sultan? I don't even know how to answer this.

    I will name another one that i love. Tom Ford Tobacco Oud. I don't care about what the notes say, Theres amber in here.

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