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!