Somebody called me the Queen of Amber once, and while I am honored, and it is very true that I love the note, I feel that I still have a long way to go to deserve that title, but I intend to go the distance, one amber at the time. :)
So, now that fall is here, prime amber season has begun once more, and I can take on again my quest
for the crown for the perfect amber.
Created by Christophe Laudamiel in 2007, Amber Absolute includes notes of amber, African incense, labdanum, rich woods, and vanilla bean.
Amber Absolute is a big-boned, un-subtle, but beautiful amber fragrance. It opens a bit sharp and smoky, but soon mellows into a dark brownish-golden and rich amber that has just the right balance of sweet and dry. There is no big evolution, aside from the incense smoke getting less over time. Longevity is impressive, this is a perfume for the entire day.
In comparison to other ambers, I find Amber Absolute to be the center point of reference. It sits squarely in the middle of the conglomerate of notes that constitute amber and therefore is a perfect specimen indeed, if anything, it suffers a little from lack of character. It can be called too perfect. But for me personally, there is no such thing as an overly perfect amber, in fact Amber Absolute is my point of reference, and the one amber that always, always, always works, that can be trusted at all times.
It is the Buzz Lightyear of ambers. Square-jawed, muscled, intelligent if a bit naive, highly moralistic and idealistic – in short hero material.
Other ambers to swoon over: Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan :: Armani Privé Ambre Orient :: Dior Mitzah :: Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche :: Frapin 1697 :: Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe :: Mona di Orio Ambre :: Teo Cabanel Alahine :: L’Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau d’Ambre
Amber Absolute and the entire Tom Ford Private Blend range is available at www.parfuma.com.