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L'Ambre de Carthage (2011)
by Isabey


L'Ambre de Carthage information

Year of Launch2011
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 27 votes)

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Parent CompanyMarcel Guerlain > Panouge

About L'Ambre de Carthage

L'Ambre de Carthage is a masculine fragrance by Isabey. The scent was launched in 2011

L'Ambre de Carthage fragrance notes

Reviews of L'Ambre de Carthage

One of my absolute favourites. Juicy like Egoiste, soothing and smooth like L'Air du Desert Marocain, exotic like Jubilation XXV, dark and seductive like Costume National Scent Intense.

Darvant's Review is spot-on.

Be adviced not to exceed 1-2 Sprays. This stuff is genuine parfum-strength!
23rd December, 2015
i'm with Darvant entirely on this. went to buy 1740, saw this. tried it. out the door! the plummy osmanthus on top of the myrrh & ambregris is quite pretty for the first hour then it does intensify. really good stuff, and absolutely unique in the classiest possible way. yay!
08th December, 2013 (last edited: 15th December, 2013)
Simply irresistible. A chaotic mélange of burnt apricot caramel, burning olibanum, spices, amber, citrus, tobacco, floral notes and myrrh which teleports us back along the Silky Road's exotic run. An initial cistus/bergamot first burst introduces us, passing across a sophisticated jasmine tea/patchouli resinous/animalic accord (a la Costume National Scent Intense with resinous/incensey elements a la l'Air du Desert Marocain), to an articulated semi-gourmand and carnal incensey mixture full of drama and esotheria. I can see why L'Ambre de Carthage is marketed as prevalently masculine since (as well as it happens with Scent Intense) while the fruity/floral sophisticated initial sparks seem to prelude to a refined unisex juice, the carnal patchouli/amber dry down becomes too much testosteronic, bursting and spicy in a virile and erotic way (synthetic, ostensibly organic, pheromonal cystine?). Less naughty and dangerous than the darker Scent Intense but more pressing the scale over the exotic/mythic side. A winner.
10th March, 2013 (last edited: 28th September, 2014)
l get clearly discernable notes of bergamot, cistus & osmanthus in the opening, with an undercurrent of patchouli. The fruitiness quickly becomes overwhelmingly sweet & cloying on my skin, & l totally understand rogalal's description of this as a fruitchouli, albeit a better-than-average-quality one. Over the first two hours it develops a buttery quality, before settling into a more tolerably sweet, powdery & ambery incense, fading out after five-six hours.
This one is marked as decidedly masculine on Luckyscent's sliding scale, but l cannot imagine why. lt is way fruitier than l expected, & even though l can usually tolerate osmanthus quite well, the apricot jamminess is too much for me here. And this is certainly not an amber-centric fragrance. l would, however, recommend it for lovers of fruity 'fumes to try.
23rd January, 2013
A dense mix that incorporates an awful lot of things. It kicks off slightly amber, but with a big green mossy smell over it and then, within minutes, changes into a fruity floral with fake jasmine, fake peach, and that too-sweet fake orange, all glued together by pink pepper and patchouli but enriched with a buttery quality.

Hints of tobacco came in as the fruity florals died off, leaving most of the afternoon smelling like the cheap pink pepper/fruitchouli drydown of a mediocre fruity floral mixed with the smell of a just-sharpened pencil, which was more intriguing than I'm making it sound. Finally, it all died down to a dark woody chocolate smell with a strangely aromatic pine poking out of the rich cocoa.

I wore this all day without knowing what it was supposed to be and I'm shocked that it's supposed to be: #1. Amber #2. Masculine #3. Niche. It has some interesting twists and turns, but it smells like a better than average mall fruity floral, like the kind with a slightly bigger budget that debuts at Saks or Neimans instead of Macy's. That's not to say that it's terrible, it just has a lot of ingredients that are fairly established codes meant to portray "youthful" "girly" and "commonplace" fighting for space with some interesting "niche" notes.
28th October, 2012
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United Kingdom
I try most amber fragrances and L'Ambre de Carthage is now amongst my collection.
Nice zingy opening soon collapses into a rich, resinous amber laced with musks and the lovely osmanthus note - a rather brave and daring idea.. I actually much prefer this over the Hermes Yunnan, which I didn't take to at all - being a bit scratchy against the smoothness of this . Lasts all day on me and I find it to be more masculine than unisex. Ridiculously priced but worth testing.
16th July, 2012

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