I am a bit of an amber fiend. Regular readers will know that, and should you be here for the first time, let me tell you – if it has amber in the name or notes list, chances are I have tried it.
Amber, that ambiguously sweet and dry, soft and harsh, smooth and jagged, golden concoction, makes me happy. Of course I had to try the Ambre in Mona di Orio’s collection as well.
One should think that an amber fragrance is a sure bet with me, but on the contrary, the more ambers I know, the more discerning I become. Any old amber will not rock my world, it has to have something special, or I will think “Been there, smelled that.”
When on the other hand an amber fragrances manages to surprise me, to be different from all the rest while still being quintessentially and distinctly amber, I am more than impressed and always open for “just one more” amber…
Ambre is an amber that is all the things described above: a bit dry, harsh and jagged in the beginning, developing into soft, smooth and sweet as time goes by. In addition this amber fragrance is also quite powdery, it has that cosmetics smell, and is a bit smoky.
My initial impression was a bit underwhelming. I was expecting a little bit more of this particular amber perfume, since Mona di Orio is known for loving to work with strong materials, if her (sadly now discontinued) signature line is anything to go by. But Ambre is a purring cat rather than a screaming tiger.
Although obviously different, Ambre reminds me a lot of Musc (review upcoming). It has a similar feel of quiet stillness, of tenderness, of closeness.
If somebody wanted to give me Ambre, I’d be a very happy woman, but when I have to make a decision for one of Mona di Orio’s perfumes to buy for myself, it is not going to be Ambre, despite what seemed to have been a sure bet. I much prefer others in the Nombres d’Or line, most of all those I would have chosen last, before I actually smelled them – Oud and Tubéreuse (and Vanille while we are being honest here, but I was quite sure from the start that I would like that one).
If you do not have an entire army of amber fragrances in your arsenal, Ambre comes highly recommended.
But if it is a question of “Another amber?”, I’ll have to answer it with a negative (in a very small and sad voice though, and accompanied by a pout and a deep sigh.)