For the longest time I hated Ambre Fétiche with a passion, it was my nemesis, the most unwearable amber I knew. The strong feelings stemmed from the fact that for one everybody seemed to love it and perceive it entirely differently then I did, and what is more, from the fact that I am the proud owner of a full 100ml bottle of said hated fragrance that came to be in my possession, because I am prone to stupid, impulsive, unsniffed buys, or rather have been, because those times are over.
But that bottle is unopened and untouched, since I received a sample of this perfume before it arrived, I took one whiff from that sample and was thoroughly put off. I tried several times and was nothing short of disgusted with the scent everyone raved about.
Well, moving on…
But my dear friend Dee persisted and sent me a decant from her bottle, because I had suggested that maybe my sample was off or mislabeled, since I saw it so differently from everyone else.
And – you already guess it – I loved Dee’s Ambre Fétiche. My god-awful sample was mislabeled, I don’t know what is in it (would be interesting though!), but I am so glad it is not Ambre Fétiche.
Thank you Dee, through sending that decant you also gave me a “new” full bottle! :)
So, after a long journey that turned out to have been with the wrong fragrance, I arrived to worship at the amber altar that is Ambre Fétiche.
It was was released in 2007 and created by Goutal in-house perfumer Isabelle Doyen, as part of a three perfume collection called Les Orientalistes, also featuring Myrrhe Ardente and Encens Flamboyant, which in the meantime includes a fourth, Musc Nomade. Notes include amber, frankincense, labdanum, styrax, benzoin, iris, vanilla and leather.
Ambre Fétiche is not at all sweet, an important point with me, and it opens rather voluptuously and fiercely with a blast of incense, iris and amber that doesn’t leave any room for doubt what this perfume is about.
Strangely though it is not too much at any time. No shy flower, for sure, it manages to proclaim its AMBER-ness in a clear voice without having to resort to shouting.
It is mostly linear although there is a softening sensation after that initial entrance of the star ingredient. It has excellent lasting power and stays on the skin, albeit closely, for the entire day.
Ambre Fétiche makes me feel very daring, since it is so far from my normal soft, flowery or cologne-style unobtrusive self. But I find myself gravitating towards more sensual scents at the moment, maybe as a counter-movement to the mass of (often disappointing) summer fragrances I have been testing for the blog, maybe because of the interesting and unexpected, slightly Janus-headed facet such a perfume gives me.
That seems to induce an element of surprise or even confusion in some that I rather enjoy.