L´Eau D´Ambre is my winter go-to fragrance, like a favorite sweater it fits comfortably and never goes out of style.
It was one of the first fragrances by L´Artisan that I tried and it somehow symbolizes all that is great about the brand. When I think L´Artisan, I think Ambre.
Created by Jean-Claude Ellena back in 1978, it is the quintessential amber fragrance for me. Warm, sweet-ish, soft, cuddly, comfortable. The notes according to Luckyscent include cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, amber, vanilla, rose, patchouli, sandalwood, benzoin and tonka bean.
There are ambers that are too dry or medicinal for me. Currently I am trying to find a way to co-exist with Ambre Fetiche by Annick Goutal, I´ll keep you posted how that goes, for now it is 1:0 for the perfume. 😉
But not L´Eau d´Ambre. I think it is the masterful use of vanilla that turns the amber into something perfect for me, softly swaying in a delicate balance of dry and sweet.
It starts out spicy, but soon the rich amber dressed up in the cuddly softness of vanilla, tonka and some patchouli, to keep it from getting too sweet, appears and stays for about four hours.
I am aware that some people think this is “a bland amber for people who don´t like amber” (quote from a review on Basenotes). Maybe I am an amber wimp 😉
What I don´t want to live without, is L´Eau d´Ambre.
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