One Thousand Scents

Friday, October 26, 2012

You Again: Ambre d'Or by Il Profumo


I don't know. Maybe after smelling thousands of different scents you get jaded. In fact, no maybe about it: there is, like it or not, a finite number of possible smells, and if you go around the block enough times you're going to start to notice some serious repetition. It can't be helped. Every fragrance line that gets big enough is going to do a floral bouquet, a white floral, a citrus cologne, a straight-up oriental, a gourmand, a green, a wood, an amber, an so on: and there is only so much variation possible within the parameters of each kind of scent.

Last year I ordered a bunch of samples of amber scents from Luckyscent, since I love warm sweet oriental things and ambers have always my cup of tea. And they still are: a couple of months ago, I couldn't say enough good things about Ambra Nera, even in the heat of summer.

Luckyscent lists these notes for Ambre d'Or by Il Profumo (the only scent I've tried in their line): mandarine, white peach, grey amber, ambretta, datura, opium flowers, white iris, myrrh, rose wood, patchouli leaves macerated in citrus fruits‚ honey.

"Patchouli leaves macerated in citrus fruits"? Really?

Advertising silliness aside, Ambre d'Or is very beautiful, a soft, powdery concoction, all dreamlike warmth and honeyed languor: if you don't have a lot of experience with amber scents it might just take your breath away, and I really would have to recommend that you try it. (It's $135 for 100 mL, which is a lot of money if you're new to niche scents but actually a pretty good price.)

If you've smelled as many ambers as I have, though, then there's no getting away from the fact that it's just another amber, slightly lighter than but otherwise not much different from Ambre Précieux, the one that started my obsession with niche scents and ambers years ago and still pretty much my reference point for what an amber ought to be (and, I suppose I ought to add, even more affordable than Ambre d'Or at $120).

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4 Comments:

  • One of the things I wish we did a bit more in the perfumista world is acknowledge these family trees. As a newbie, it was really frustrating to read a review and have something summed up as "Ho hum, more of the same, it's been done better before" but the better or the similar fragrance isn't mentioned by name. So thank you for the reference to Ambré Precieux.

    By Blogger Dionne, at 3:02 PM  

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    By Blogger Howard, at 2:43 AM  

  • I dunno know if u wrote this piece to be intentionally funny, but the humor is inescapable..

    By Blogger Howard, at 2:44 AM  

  • Agree w/ what Dionne said above. I wish I were a software designer; I'd develop a perfume mashup of Ancestry.com and Pandora Radio, so that every fragrance ever created could be linked to its ancestors & descendents, and maybe even to its antitheses.

    By Blogger olenska, at 2:06 PM  

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