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    Default Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    I am looking for a potent amber scent, something that had radiance and suits a gent.

    I have Ambre Sultan, which has excellent longevity and reasonable projection.

    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?

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    Ambre is very close to Ambre Sultan IMO. Both have a slight skankiness at the initial spray. Only last for a few minutes then what you have is one great fragrance. Projection and Longevity are above average. Get around 8 hours easy with AR.
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    Ambre Russe is not as strong and longlasting as Ambre Sultan. I like it, but I can see it being a very polarizing scent as it is quite unique. Definitely try before you buy.
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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Well, I think Ambre Sultan is one of the best ambers in perfumery, so it's hard to recommend an amber that's 'better'.

    I personally didn't like Ambre Russe, it just didn't sit well with me. No particular reason - just didn't feel like it clicked with me.

    If you like sweet/gourmand scents you should try Hermessence Ambre Narguille by Hermes. It's extremely radiant. Another great go-to amber is Amber Absolute by Tom Ford.
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    Micallef Royal Amber

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    Dior's Ambre Nuit is very nice.
    Currently wearing: Sauvage by Christian Dior

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    Amber Absolute -- no question. It's hard to find now, though.

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Profumi del Forte Versilia Vintage - Ambra Mediterranea is my reference Amber. Being a big fan of Amber, to me this is the best Amber.

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    For me Ambre Précieux by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier is the best: a smooth and classy long lasting, rather sweet amber. But as for your question I like Ambre Russe also. The boozy notes are not that long lasting though.

    If you want more dry and less sweet Amber I'll suggest Ambre Soie by Armani Privé.

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    Hermes Hermessence Ambre Narguille is good but I find it a bit too feminine and sweet for my tastes.

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    Ambre Sultan, Ambre Russe, and Amber Absolute are my Holy Trinity of ambers. I'm not sure I would classify any of these as "radiant," though -- it's not a word I personally would associate with amber. So I'm trying to figure out what you're after, beyond longevity and projection.

    Ambre Russe has excellent longevity and projection -- it's strongly boozy at the top, but that burns off pretty quickly on me and it settles into a wonderful albeit straightforward amber with just a touch of leather. It doesn't have any of the herbal tinge that Ambre Sultan has.

    Amber Absolute is as much about fabulous smoky incense at the top and vanilla at the base as it is about amber in the heart. Amazing amber overall, and the first one I bought in full-bottle form. It's been discontinued and is hard to find now, but a decent substitute for it is Kerosene Copper Skies. It's pretty butch -- it starts out with a blast of gasoline/creosote (reminiscent of the rubber note in Bulgari Black) and then it smooths out into a fantastic amber and it lasts FOREVER.

    Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche is another butch amber, featuring leather and birch tar; it's a smoky, leathery Wild West Bonanza in a bottle.

    A funkier amber (both in terms of execution and muskiness) is Parfumerie General L'Ombre Fauvre. It's an excellent change-up amber. As with most PG fragrances, though, it cants gourmand, and so the base is as sweet as Ambre Sultan's.

    I find Ambre Precieux quite powdery, so it's not one my favorites.

    If you don't mind patchouli in the mix, Mazzolari Patchouly or Bois 1920 Real Patchouli are fabulous. They're both a bit misnamed because they're more about amber than patchouli to my nose. The Mazzolari is the next FB amber on my list...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeK View Post
    Amber Absolute is as much about fabulous smoky incense at the top and vanilla at the base as it is about amber in the heart. Amazing amber overall, and the first one I bought in full-bottle form. It's been discontinued and is hard to find now, but a decent substitute for it is Kerosene Copper Skies. It's pretty butch -- it starts out with a blast of gasoline/creosote (reminiscent of the rubber note in Bulgari Black) and then it smooths out into a fantastic amber and it lasts FOREVER.
    Interesting! I do love both Amber Absolute and Copper Skies, but I find Copper Skies to be quite different because of the cloves which, in my opinion, dominate the scent. It's lovely, but I find it to be closer to Sultan than Absolute.

    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeK View Post
    A funkier amber (both in terms of execution and muskiness) is Parfumerie General L'Ombre Fauvre. It's an excellent change-up amber. As with most PG fragrances, though, it cants gourmand, and so the base is as sweet as Ambre Sultan's.
    Interesting that you point this out. I've owned and loved L'Ombre Fauve for some time, and have never been able to figure out how it gets that animalic effect given that it's not deploying that many notes. I'd tried other PG scents and found them a bit too gourmand, but I'd never thought of Fauve as being so. Then just a few weeks, I read a review in which someone noted that it had a caramel element to it -- and now I can't wear it without smelling caramel!

    I dislike gourmands immensely, so I hope this doesn't kill it for me. It's still a really radical take on amber all the same.

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    Sonoma Scent Studio-Amber Noire A beautiful amber that is NOT a gourmand. Amber and smoke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Profumi del Forte Versilia Vintage - Ambra Mediterranea is my reference Amber. Being a big fan of Amber, to me this is the best Amber.
    +1 This is imo the best masculine amber that has decent projection and longevity.
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    Ambre Nuit.

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    I did not like Ambre Russe at all. IMO, it smells unpleasant, in a dirty, heavy, cigarette and skanky b.o. kind of way. And I generally like Amber scents.


    I've heard wonderful things about Ambra Meditteranea. You may want to look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nersh View Post
    Ambre Nuit.

    Nersh, you didn't find Ambre Nuit too feminine? I just got a sample and immediately associated it with women's perfume. Maybe I'll have to revisit it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Prada Amber Intense
    That and By Kilian's Amber Oud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Profumi del Forte Versilia Vintage - Ambra Mediterranea is my reference Amber. Being a big fan of Amber, to me this is the best Amber.
    Sounds like we have another convert in the house!

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    No even close. If anything it was on the masculine side. Spend some time with this one. Also honorable mention is Ambre Topkapi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Profumi del Forte Versilia Vintage - Ambra Mediterranea is my reference Amber. Being a big fan of Amber, to me this is the best Amber.
    ^ This one.

    Ambre Nuit is very enjoyable too, I'd avoid both of the Prada's as they are a little shrill and really low quality. The Intense being the worst of the two and borderline abysmal imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Profumi del Forte Versilia Vintage - Ambra Mediterranea is my reference Amber. Being a big fan of Amber, to me this is the best Amber.
    +1 incredible longevity
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    Although Ambre Sultan is my favorite/preferred amber, I find L'Air du Desert Marocain to be a very potent amber. Sweeter than Sultan and with more of an incense vibe, but it outlasts and out-projects Ambre Sultan.
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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Amber Absolute. I think it's better in every way.

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    ...Ambre Russe is too feminine for me; my favorite amber is Ambre Précieux...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Amber Absolute -- no question. It's hard to find now, though.
    This.

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    something better than Ambre Sultan? hahahahahahaha.

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    If potent is what you're after, I'd suggest Blue Amber from Montale. It was way too big for me.
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    L'Artisan Amber Extreme

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    Opus Oils Heavy Sugar -- not particularly sweet despite the name. Excellent dry amber with a slug of patchouli and a hint of nicely animalic real ambergris. Resembles the drydown of Balenciaga pH which is no bad thing.

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    Default Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    My favorite ambers have been Sonoma Scent Studio's Amber Noire, PG's l'Ombre Fauve, and MPG's Ambre Precieux - all suggested by previous posters. My favorite is probably the PG for its rich base, although Amber Noire is pretty intense.
    Currently wearing: Leather Oud by Floris

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