Resonance – Review and Giveaway: Anya’s Garden Amberess

Amber is a note I love. There are many ambers in my arsenal and each one has its special properties. More or less sweet, more or less strong, more or less dark, more or less dry…

Anya’s Garden Amberess is my first natural amber, so I was very curious and not sure what to expect. Amberess is, to me, a herbal amber. Amber shot through with aromatic, almost spicy threads, like inclusions in amber, the stone. It is interesting and very different from the ambers I know. But let us start at the beginning:

“Rare musk rose from Africa opens this soft, lush amber perfume. Ten carefully-blended base notes provide a gorgeous amber base that melts into your skin.”

-from Anya’s Garden website

Amberess was part of the Outlaw Project and therefore includes notes of Zambian Princesse de Nassau Rosa Moschata, African musk rose otto and musk rose absolute, Madagascan ylang ylang, South African rose geranium, Indonesian patchouli, Himalayan amber oil, Turkish styrax, Greek labdanum, Peruvian tonka bean, Salvadorean balsam tolu, Balsam of Peru, Chinese benzoin and Madagascan vanilla, many of which are untested, prohibited or limited aromatics.

Amberess has no top notes and starts with a lush rose on a bed of softest amber. It feels very dense, layer upon layer, no spaces in between. A full and fully opened rose, a day away from wilting, she gives her last and her beauty is tragic for we know it must end soon. The soft ambery cushion the rose is lying upon, is rich in tonka, vanilla and labdanum, making it sweet and soft, but also the slightly sharp edges of peru balsam and the smokiness of benzoin lurk underneath and make themselves felt.

Amberess is a powerful thing. It makes me inexplicably sad. It is beautiful, and in its beauty I sense a feeling of despair, of doom. At the same time it provides solace. Its plushness and downy softness offer a place to lie down and take the time to be sad, to cry, to mourn and then to heal.

Amberess resonates with me, it strikes a chord deep down, like the c string of a contra bass being plucked and taking a long time to return to silence.

Therefore I would not want to wear it just any day, it is a special perfume for special times.

On a more prosaic note – I have a complete sample set of Anya’s Garden perfumes courtesy of Anya McCoy to give away. Ten samples of 0.5ml pure perfume each, for one lucky winner to try! Samples include Amberess and Light and many other wonderful natural perfumes.

To enter the Giveaway, please leave a comment about amber. Your favorite amber perfume, why you like/dislike the note… anything goes as long as amber plays a role.

I will select a winner randomly on Tuesday July 5th. The Giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Good luck to all of you!

Image source: anyasgarden.com, crooner.de
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124 Responses to Resonance – Review and Giveaway: Anya’s Garden Amberess

  1. I have a sample set of Anya’s perfumes, so no need to enter me in the draw. I just wanted to say that I really understand your interpretation of Amberess, it is an exercise in opulent melancholia. It’s wonderful to wear in the dead of winter. It is a good example of Anya’s resinous floral style.

  2. lady jane grey says:

    Would be very interested in that one – it’s pretty difficult to get my paws on any Anya’s Garden scent on this side of the Earth. Natural parfums – if they’re made well – always play stronger with one’s feelings (well, at least they do so with me)

  3. Undina says:

    Birgit, I want to use this opportunity to thank you for the review of Ambre Fétiche that inspired me to look for a sample (and also thank Carrie who sent me that sample): I like that perfume very much; I think about getting at least a decant (though I adore that black bottle…) and I wouldn’t have thought about trying it if it wasn’t for your review.

    I haven’t tried yet any of Anya’s Garden perfumes so I’d like to be entered into the draw.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Undina, that is wonderful! I am so happy when someone finds a perfume to love, because I wrote about it. Ambre Fetiche is really something!
      Be quick with the black bottle though, they are being phased out, and soon only the 100ml square bottles will be available (only in the Orientalistes collection).
      Good luck in the draw!

  4. Ines says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love a chance to try Anya’s perfumes.
    And when it comes to ambers, I decided I can no longer fight it. I need ambers and I won’t stop buying them, I can’t, each amber perfume I try is wonderful in its own context. I just discovered a new one – Mona di Orio Ambre. :)

    • Olfactoria says:

      So funny, I thought about you when I read about the new Mona di Orios, they seem made for you: amber and tuberose. :)
      You are right, it is useless to fight the amber, the amber always wins. ;)
      Good luck in the draw!

  5. Thank you for this beautiful review, which makes me very eager to try Amberess….so please enter me in the draw.
    So far, I have tried and loved quite a few ambery fragrances: Laura Mercier’s Ambre Passion, Annick Goutal’s Ambre Fetiche (one of my favourites), L’Orientaliste’s Ambre, Serge Luten’s Ambre Sultan (a reference in the genre) and George Sand by Histoire de Parfums, of which I have sadly run out!

  6. Marte says:

    I would love to try the perfumes from Anya’s Garden, thank you for this wonderful draw!

    I’ve never been a fan of amber, but after reading several reviews of Ambre Fetiche (including yours), I decided to give it another chance last week. And I fell completely in love, wore it three days in a row, sniffing my arm all the time. I need a bottle!

    Now I have to try all the ambers I have dismissed earlier, and order a lot of samples… I’ve already fallen for Mitzah and L’Eau d’Ambre, so now I need to test Ambre Sultan, Ambre Russe and the one from Mona di Orio.

  7. For me Ambre Sultan and I can’t seem to get enough of L’air du desert marocain lately, it is winter here so I must add Amberess to my ever growing list. Thank you for the review.

  8. Tara says:

    Please enter me in this wonderful giveway, B! I have heard very good things about Anya’s scents for such a long time, it would beyond amazing to get to sample the whole set. My favourite ambers are Ambre Narguile and Ambre Nuit. From your stunning review, Amberess sounds like a special perfume to turn to for empathy when it all gets a bit much.

    Fingers crossed!

  9. andrea says:

    Amber is not usually something I would look for in a perfume but after reading some of your beautiful reviews on many amber perfumes I decided to open my mind and give amber another a try, you have insprired me to order a sample of Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe to quote your phrase “Yummy amber, dirty – Ha!” that appealed to me on many levels, out of all the parfum d’empire samples that I orderd this is the one that I look forward to smelling the most.
    Your new review for Anya’s garden also sounds like a very special perfume, one that my newly opened mind would love to try.

  10. Rene Groyer says:

    The smell of amber takes me back to my early teens in the 1970′s. In the local shopping mall,there was a wondeful little indian clothing shop.Apart from the wonderful hippie type clothes made of cheesecloth with their colourful embroidery and shiny decorations,there was a stand full of natural perfumes essences in tiny bottles.I remember these well as I spent many hours smelling the substances from these tiny little bottles.I remember the one with the amber oil very well.It had an insense like,resinous,soft,sweet,deep and woody smell with a rich toffee/fudge like colour.It a was pleasurable to smell and it drew me into that shop over and over again as it always calmed me.
    My more up to date experiences with amber are in L Eau Ambree by Prada,but this is more complex than the beautiful ,natural oil that I loved in the 70′s
    Just thinking about that smell transports me back in time to my teenage years.I would love to try Anyas Garden Amberess and the other natural fragrance samples,which are not available in South Africa.
    Thank-you
    Rene

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you very much for sharing your amber memory with us, Rene! How beautiful! I’m sure the natural oil you remember is very much closer to Amberess than the Prada. Good luck in the draw!

  11. Hi, I would love to be included in the draw, I´m very curious to try Anyas scents. One amber I love is Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan. It´s only that I´ve never smelled it on myself, just on others, but I love it nonetheless. I have at least one friend that just “glows” in it, if you can say that about a scent.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Sigrun,
      Ambre Sultan is simply perfect. I am wearing a little spritz of it right now on my hand (it is too hot for the full treatment) just to get a whiff of it now and again. ;)

  12. womo531 says:

    It’s tough to pick a favorite… I love ambers whether they verge from dry, slightly bitter, to wet and sweet I love them all, especially at bedtime~ One amber I found simply lovely recently was Laboratorio Olfattivo Alambar… yummy!

  13. Timka says:

    Unfortunately I haven`t tried Anya`s natural perfumes yet. But I read so many wonderful things about them that I`d love to try them.
    Thanks for this review, it opened my eyes that I need to deepen my knowledge about amber. A lot of amber perfume are waiting for me, and I would like to discovery all of them, including Anya`s.

  14. Anna in Edinburgh says:

    This is why I read perfume blogs – I’m still not able to conjure up a scent memory that I can label “Amber” for certain. I’ve got perfumes with labdanum and resins in them and I’ve bought essential oils of the usual suspects too, but there’s no clear association with “Amber” compared to, for example, “Rose”. So much to learn!

    Your description of “Ambress” put me in mind of the live recordings of Peter Green performing “Jumping at Shadows” – beautiful and tragic.

  15. Marla says:

    I recently got to try Sonoma Scent Studio’s Incense Pure, and it may become my favorite incense amber. My long time fave is Chaos/Anarchy, which has lots of spice and labdanum. The only perfume of Anya’s I’ve tried is Kewdra, which is very unique and compelling.

  16. Jan says:

    Amber is probably my favourite note, as I am the ultimate oriental-gourmandist (a real Schleckkatze!)… I find it a very warm note and the best basenote because it gives a soothing second-skin vibe on my skin…
    One of my favourite perfumes is Ambre Sultan, which I find very sexy. Ambre Fétiche on the other hand, is the opposite, it reminds me of the smell of wooden toys from when I used to go to my grandma’s in Stuttgart. It also smelt better on paper, as it tends a bit too much towards the incense. I find Ambre Russe very similar to what AF smelt like on paper.
    As a last mention, it surprised me how different the amber oils they have in Morocco (where I travelled a few weeks ago) smell compared to what we know as amber in Europe. Kind of more fruity, less lush…

  17. Katherine says:

    I would love to try Anya’s perfumes, thanks for a great giveaway!

    I am not too big of an amber fan, but do love Ambre Sultan and L’Air du Desert Morocain is one of my all time faves.

  18. JoanElaine says:

    A beautiful review, B. I love that you are willing to embrace the melancholy yet find comfort in it. Last week, my therapist spoke about that very thing – how one can heal and grow by accepting sadness. Through that acceptance (“not passivity” she reminded me) we can find comfort. Your review illustrates her point beautifully.

    I always enjoy your music/perfume parallels. The bass is one of my favorite instruments – it’s sound goes straight to my heart!

    I love amber. My favorite straight-up amber is Spanish Amber by Pacifica. It’s a little screechy when first sprayed, but it calms down quick. It’s got a “freshly sharpened pencil” note that I just love! Also, it’s dirt cheap. What’s not to like?
    Ambre Sultan is another I quite like – not so cheap, the Lutens…

    No need to enter me into the giveaway. (I have a sample) Good luck everyone!

  19. ooh- what a great giveaway! I have only tried two of Anya’s perfumes- moondance and starflower which seemed light yet earthy at the same time and so very evocative..*love*

    I hav a tricky relationship with amber- in theory I love the note, but find it sometimes difficult to wear- e.g Andy’s Morocain..
    I have been testing Puredistance M which smells ambery- I’m especially loving the middle and drydown of this perfume..

  20. Denise M. says:

    Thanks Brigit for the fantastic giveaway! Please enter me in the draw. I love Ambre Fetiche, Ambre Russo and a new love, which smells very ambery to me but I do not see it listed in the notes: Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian. (I know, but on me it has the beautiful smooth amber that I find in Serge Lutens AS, without all the weird herbs) Have a marvelous day! :)

  21. Alnysie says:

    Thank you! I started discovering perfumes only a few weeks ago, and among the few perfumes I sampled none had notes of amber (or so I think), so I have yet to explore it! I’d be happy to smell it along with the others in the set! Now I’m intrigued.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hello Alnysie and welcome in Perfumeland and to my blog!
      The start is so exiting and overwhelming, I hope you are having lots of fun sniffing your way into this new world.
      Good luck in the draw!

  22. Meredith says:

    Love your reviews, and as a musician, I really appreciate your comparisons to music. One of my favorite ambers is Ambre Narguilé. Another comfort scent, though not technically an amber, that I love (and purchased a sample thanks to reading your review!) is PG’s Cadjmere – very warm, soothing and enveloping.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you, Meredith!
      AN is a really lovely amber, so light despite its heavy notes.
      I’m glad to having introduced you to Cadjmeré. Ah, I’d love a bottle of that one… :)

  23. Anya says:

    Oh, my goodness. I thought there were no replies, and then I scrolled down and over 40 comments! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm for my perfumes. Birgit, thank you for hosting this draw.

    For those who don’t like/can’t wear amber: I created Amberess for myself, because I fit into that category! Body chemistry does play a big role. Still, if you love amber, you will love this. Also, if you crave the exotic, the rarely-used essences, the two musk rose extracts, and the true amber essence from the Himalayas will fix that craving.

    Birgit, if you would like to keep the “how to sample these perfumes in sequence” card, I would be glad to email the winner a .pdf of it.

    Good luck everyone!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Anya!
      Thank you for making this draw possible and for creating such inspiring perfumes.
      I have two of the accompanying cards, so the winner will receive it together with the sample set.

  24. I think of you as sort of the queen of Ambers, so this seems like an appropriate draw for you to be holding. :) Thanks for doing so. As someone else mentioned, I have been enjoying Mitzah lately. I also really like Ambre Narguile and Ambre Precieux.

  25. angie Cox says:

    I love the earthy warmth of Amber , my favourite is Dr Vranje’s Amber and Iris ( a personal fragrance not room scent ). I also think gres Ambre is good for such a low price . It goes so well with roses so I am almost bound to love it .

  26. matildaben says:

    I would love to be entered in the draw. I am drawn to Amber fragrances but I am still exploring to find the one that really sings to me. I’m casting my net far and wide to include spicy ambers, woody ambers, floral ambers, powdery ambers, masculine and feminine, light or heavy. I’m wondering if it might be better to search in cooler weather when I am longing for something warm and comforting, but it’s still such a compelling scent that I would want to smell any time of the year.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hello Matildaben,
      I prefer wearing ambers in fall and winter, but sometimes I get a craving for its comforting complexitiy and then I give in to that, irrespective of the weather. To find your perfect amber it might be better to wait until temperatures fall again, maybe.

  27. Connie says:

    What a generous giveaway! Long-time lurker, here … I guess the amber brought me out as I have yet to totally explore this note. Of the few ambers I have tried I really like the Tom Ford Amber Absolute though your review of Ambre Fetiche has prompted me to order a sample, at least.

    Please include me in the draw, I would love to sample some of Anya’s creations.

    Thank you and good luck to everyone!

  28. Sandra says:

    My favorite amber so far has to be Cuir Ambre from the Prada Exclusive line. It is very warm and comforting and yet not unbearably sweet – it is wonderfully long wearing as well, a good 8 hours on my skin. If I want a sweet amber I turn to Ambre Fetiche. I would love to be entered for the draw. It would be an honour to sample this line. Thank you Birgit for hosting.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I love the many amber facorites this post is bringing to light. Adding the Prada exclusive to my sniff list.
      Anya’a perfumes are really special, good luck!

  29. Audrey says:

    I don’t really have a favorite amber perfume right now, but use to use a skin safe amber perfume oil when I made soap and loved it. It would mix so nicely with sandalwood perfume oil. I quit making soap and took a break from scents & perfumes for a while so am rediscovering and finding so many new perfumes now. It’s fun and a little overwhelming too. Would love to try Anya’s Garden scents, your description of Amberess is compelling, very curious now. I may need to sample Annick Goutal’s Ambre Fetiche & Armani Privé Ambre Orient too, they sound appealing too, adding to my list :)

  30. What a lovely giveaway you have here and how delicious that it gives us a chance to comment on amber AND be in with a chance to win samples of Anya’s perfumes. Thank you. Amber – glorious amber, one of my favourite aromas although each time I enjoy it, I am more mystified and baffled by the complex blend of aromas it offers.

    I have a velvet, sweet haunting amber saturating in grain alcohol at present. Even though I know I should leave it alone for just a couple more weeks, it is almost temptation beyond endurance. I have high expectations of the elixir to come!

    The amber is intensely sweet with a dark honey edge to it. I can detect soft wisps of rich woody notes and yet there is a hint of floral somehow entwined in there.
    Ah the mysteries of amber, enticing and teasing me……

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hello Sal,
      that sounds intriguing! It must be wonderful experiencing and working with raw materials. Amber is so mulit-faceted and complex.
      Good luck in the draw!

  31. Eva says:

    I would love to try Anya’s perfumes, I’ve haven’t had a chance to try natural perfumes yet. Ambre Narguile is a favorite of mine, also I recently got my hands on a sample of 1804 George Sand and it’s truly lovely. Sadly the sample is almost gone, I’ll have to order a full bottle soon!

    • Olfactoria says:

      The good thing is Histoires de Parfum offers 30ml bottles, only in the US for now, as far as I know though. But there is hope that they will pop up over here sooner or later as well.
      Good luck in the draw, Eva!

  32. When dating my now husband, he always wore a smudge of amber resin on his pulse points. So, amber reminds me of love and romance.

    My favorite amber is L’Artisan’s. And I like AG Ambre Fetiche too.

    *No need to enter me in your draw.*

    • Olfactoria says:

      L’Artisan’s L’Eau d’Ambre was my first amber, my gateway drug.
      What a lovely memory you can associate with amber and what a great man , no wonder you married him. ;)

  33. einsof says:

    amber… that base which reaches for the sky… pulling what flowers and herbs it touches skyward. it is the earth glowing and calling out to her children. something primal and sophisticated. an aromatic pashmina holding off the chill, a wrap of resinous warmth. a beginning and end in itself. sunshine fossilized. what more can i say?!

  34. Great posting and idea! I have never tried any of Anya’s creations – I would be more than pleased to do so!
    My ambre favourites are Ambre Fetiche – Annick Goutal (sorry for the repetition but it’s addictive…), Ambre – L’Occitane en Provence and Roma – Laura Biagiotti. The smokey darkness of Ambre Fetiche, the honeyed sweetness of L’Occitane’s Ambre, and the citrus-piney freshness of Roma are the impressions I love about these perfumes.

  35. Diana WR says:

    My favorite is Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan though I admit I need to try more ambers. Very excited about the giveaway — please enter me!

  36. Bellatrix says:

    I always wanted to make “amber” perfume… it would be a thrill to smell that softness.
    I tried Ambre Sultan SL and Absolu from Rochas (both very nice) but trying natural one would be such an exciting thing for a myself, perfumer wannabe. :)

  37. Fernando says:

    This actually sounds quite nice. My favorite amber by far is Ambre Sultan, mostly because my wife loves to smell it on me! Many of my favorites do involve amber in some way, though not always as the dominant theme or note. I don’t know that I’ve smelled a natural amber, so I’m intrigued by this one. Especially since it’s an Outlaw.

  38. Mendy says:

    Through her muskiness, Amber reveals her long held wisdom. Through her sweet honey like aroma, she tells us of her ability to nurture us through our healing.

  39. Honey says:

    Hi, Thank you for your drawing! I subscribe to Anya’s newsletter and am learning about scent. Would love to have an opportunity to experience what you are offering.

    My favorite amber scent is Scent of the Soul’s Amber Chocolate for winter and, in the “old days”, Estee Lauder’s Intuition, which smelled fantastic on me and always started conversations with other women about scent, life, love, and consciousness :-)

  40. PasssingThrough says:

    Honestly, I am a little confused about amber. It can come from different sources. Like very old tree resin, a mix of different resins and essential oils, and from sperm whale vomit. But I am not confused about how comforting amber feels – like a favorite pair of warm slippers in winter. Warm. Soft. Welcoming.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Amber is confusing, because there is no such thing as amber, it is always a combination of materials, and then there is ambergris, the natural whale excretion. But as you say, whatever it is, it smells gorgeous.

  41. Anya says:

    Dear Birgit:

    There IS a true amber, and it’s in Amberess. Will of Eden Botanicals found a source in the Himilayas. They are distilling the amber chunks, the true fossilized tree resin. He was the first to import it and make it available commercially. It is an incredibly deep, warm, plastic-y, resinous scent.

  42. naomi says:

    I am new to Amber (and to perfume connoisseurship in general) but with all the evocative visions I keep reading I imagine a perfect velvet perfume blanket for an incense lover like me…

    I would love to be entered into the draw: now that I have become obsessed with reading about natural perfume, this sampler would be my rabbit hole into a new world…

  43. Julie says:

    Amber is the one note that I can never have too many of. I blame this on coming of age in the 1970s, also have fond memories of those Indian gauze blouses we all wore back then and the way the import shops smelled. I think my favorite among the ambers I have would be a tie between Yves Rocher Voile d’Ambre and Balmain Ambre Gris. Even in the heat/humidity of Florida, my ambers are in constant rotation. Would love to smell Anya’s creations, thanks for the draw.

  44. Teya Starre says:

    Amber is the only scent I wear in the winter; something about it warms my soul. I work with the public and people are always asking me what I have on. I would love to try the exotic blend of amber from Anya. Thank-you for the chance

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Teya,
      Amber is a staple for me in winter as well, nothing warms like a great amber perfume. But sometimes I also crave it in summer, I found SL Ambre Sultan works very well in the heat.
      Good luck in the draw!

  45. Natalia says:

    for me amber is also something warming in winter. my favorite must be Ambre Fetiche. would love to get acqueinted with Anya’s Garden scents, thanks for the chance!

  46. Olfactoria,
    All the comments are great! I have learned so much. I am exicted to smell an all natural perfume with Amber in it. My first experiences with Amber take me back to my youthful days wandering around Berkeley California. I think one of the reasons I gravitated towards those streets were indeed the smells. My young confused and distraught emotions/soul craved those times. I remember buying those little carved wooden boxes and I could just die and go to heaven. It seemed that all of those negative feelings just went away and in came the sunshine. Wow ! My mouth is just drooling right now for one of those little boxes. I’m not familiar with MOST name brand perfumes because I am very cautious about synthectic molecules. Anya seems to have a very reputable reputaion for all natural ingredients. I would love to sample her stuff. I work a lot with essential oils and have thought that I would love to experiment sometime with perfume making. My soul is enraptured with natural scent.
    xoxocarolgayxoxo

  47. E.G. Jones says:

    Thank you for the drawing! I am new to the world of natural fragrances and niche perfumes, but I am trying to learn. I enjoy Anya’s newsletter and would love to have a chance to sample her work. As for The Outlaw Project…..I wish them well!!!!!

  48. What a great name for a perfume – Amberess. Overtones of tigress and empress. And I really empathize with your highly emotional response to scents….that’s why I love perfume so much. It can ground me, uplift me, make me reflective, give me energy, depending on what I apply that day.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Aliza,
      perfume is so special, because of its power to influence our emotions. It is very enriching.
      And you are right, Amberess is a great name!

  49. Lena says:

    Well, I really love the Ambre Narguile, but I have not got a bottle yet. I’m kind of hoping that some will show up at ebay to a descent price. My boyfriend’s favorite is Profumum Fiori d’Ambra. It´s actually the only perfume he owns and he is not interested in anything else :)

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hello Lena,
      a typical man, your boyfriend, but he has good taste. ;)
      Ambre Narguilé is lovely, good luck on ebay, I hope you snap up a bottle for a good price.

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  51. Queen Cupcake says:

    I haven’t paid a lot of attention to amber…but upon reviewing notes for some of my favorites (DSH’s Ashram, Inner Sanctum, & Prophecy, for example), I find it everywhere! And I recently discovered something called Sudanese Amber by Daphne’s Natural Oils–really rich & sweet.

  52. Blithie says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway! Just read about your blog in a comment on Now Smell This and hopped over. I’m enjoying myself here.
    I also first met amber in those Indian import shops during the ’70s. I’d get the little wooden or soapstone boxes and put them in my dresser drawers to scent my clothes. Yum! One of my Indian coworkers wears the same kind of scent and it always evokes that time for me. My favorite amber perfumes now are Aromatics Elixir by Clinique and The Miller’s Daughter from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (sadly discontinued). I don’t know how many people would classify AE as an amber, but on me it really comes out in the drydown, entangled with sandalwood and patchouli. The Miller’s Daughter is a rose amber with hay and salt – very lovely to me. Since it has been discontinued I’m looking for another rose amber.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Blithie,
      I am glad you found my blog, welcome! :)
      The Miller’s Daughter – that sounds amazing, love the name as well as the notes you describe. Of course it is discontinued!
      Good luck in the draw!

  53. Miguel says:

    I love amber. It is so exotic in its associations but somehow very comforting as well. My favorite is at this time Ambre Fetiche — so herbal and buttery… truly capable of warming my whole being.

  54. Amber is a difficult note for me, Ambre Sultan being my absolute amber nightmare, not because I find it ugly but it wakes up a lot of sad feelings. I do love Ambre Precieux though and I have found a very pleasing way to wear amber in Montale Patchouli Leaves. Bone dry patchouli on a base of amber and vanilla. It seems that somehow vanilla has a redeeming quality for amber in my book.

  55. Warum says:

    Amber is an easy to love note for me, this is where I started my perfume explorations in the Fall/Winter of 2009 and it worked beautifully for the season! I tried many ambers then and I am always open to try more. The only amber I did not like in my early perfumista time was Ambre Sultan, but now I have rediscovered it and love it too — however, my secret to it is dabbing in homeopathic doses. I am not sure I have a favorite amber perfume yet, but I have a little stash full of amber samples for the time when the days get shorter and I start craving my Fall foods :)

  56. Warum says:

    And thank you very much for a giveaway! (last but not least ;)

  57. Poppy says:

    What a beautiful description of Amberess! I would love to experience all of Anya’s perfumes as I have heard only good things about them. Amber scents are my fall/winter staple – so sexy, yet warm and comforting at the same time.

  58. Lyubov says:

    Did anyone win Amberess? I scrolled in search of this but couldn’t find the posting…

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