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Ambre Topkapi / PB (2006)


Ambre Topkapi / PB information

Year of Launch2006
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 57 votes)

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PerfumerPierre Bourdon

About Ambre Topkapi / PB

Ambre Topkapi / PB is a masculine fragrance by MDCI. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Bourdon

Reviews of Ambre Topkapi / PB

Definitely a bit misleading when amber is the name, the absence of amber is a bit problematic and begets a little explanation (consider Tom Ford Rive d'Ambre, a similar culprit).

Parfums MDCI Ambre Topkapi is a fairly generic-smelling spicy, sweet, fresh mix dominated by vetiver, citrus, and woods. Not much evolution, complexity, or intrigue.

Performance is surprisingly weak after trying Invasion Barbare yesterday. Invasion Barbare has great performance but Ambre Topkapi is almost a skin scent within an hour of wearing.

The scent itself isn't unpleasant but it's sadly benign and average, and the cost of $250 for 75ml isn't remotely justified. Skip this one and smell something else.

6 out of 10
23rd December, 2016
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening combines vetiver with a fruity-woodsy mix. The vetiver is clean, fairly thin, bright and not at all earthy or with a root-like undertone. The fruitiness is a bit of citrus, a touch of berries, with the woodsiness being quite generic.

Later in the drydown an ambery cinnamon develops with a slightly herbal undertone, with the co-operation of lavender and Jasmine providing a nitnifba more pleasant core impression that stays in the centre of this mix.

As far as the performace is concerned, I am getting moderate sillage, adequate projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin, and much longer on clothes.

All in all a mélange of various notes that are not really working well together and that appear lumped together like the chunky bits in a stew without any clear line of development. Very synthetic, and most notes are quite generic. The whole gives an impression of lacking substance, more a thin veneer than a composition displaying convincing character. Should the intention be to evoke the gorgeous Ottoman palace the title seems to allude to, then this aims fails to be achieved.

Neutral or thumbs down? A close call, but the pervasive colourlessness leads me towards a negative score. 1.75/5.
24th August, 2016
I don't hate it, but the price makes me say "thumbs down." It smells just like Lacoste Essential, and I can get that at Ross or TJMAXX for waaaaay cheaper
13th November, 2015
Not bad, but boring and not at all modern or worthy of the price. A stand out in the wrong direction for a house with so many works of art.
19th August, 2015
Big thumbs up for me. I sat on this a while before I started wearing it regularly. What I love about this scent is the way it smells. That's it. It doesn't last long and it doesn't have beast mode projection. It's fresh, sporty, classy and masculine. I'm a millionaire in my thirties, this is excellent in capturing that essence. It's a scent that's versatile. All seasons any occasion
08th August, 2015
This is an unemotional scent. Whereas the rest of the line has plenty of charm, this has none. It’s a vague, synthetic, generic-smelling ‘80s sweaty masculine with lavender and aquatic aspects (something fruit-like). It’s a touch boozy, a touch animal, a touch soapy, but for the most part, it smells like a bargain bin perfume or an outmoded body spray. There’s nothing amber about it; it’s just a sweaty, herbal, fruity, synthetic misstep in an otherwise fine line. Horrid.
08th June, 2015

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