Lately my perfume habits have changed dramatically.
I’ve gone from testing four of five perfumes a day, to craving and wearing a single one for a week or more at a time. That development has it’s positive and negative sides. On the one hand, I feel it is a more “normal” kind of behaviour, I’m less driven, I enjoy to stick with one for a time and really get to know this perfume, I feel more in control, less addicted. On the other hand, it impacts my blogging behaviour as well. Test five perfumes, get five reviews. Wear one, well that is only one.
But I’m fine with this, for now, this is how I want to operate and I can only hope all of you are fine with it as well, even if it means posts are going to be further apart.
So let’s see which perfume held me in thrall for the past ten days…
L’Ambre de Merveilles was created by Jean-Claude Ellena and includes notes of amber, vanilla, labdanum, and patchouli.
L’Ambre de Merveilles is a flanker to 2004’s Eau de Merveilles by Ralf Schwieger and Nathalie Feisthauer. Hermès in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena has re-interpreted the theme already twice before with Elixir de Merveilles (a gourmand angle) and Eau Claire de Merveilles (a greener, lighter version of the salty, soft, sea water-orange of the original).
In my humble opinion this third flanker is the best.
I was not immediately enamored though. The generous Lady Jane Grey let me partake in her decant and I let it sit (being occupied with other things) for a while. Until I got the flu that is. I did not feel in the mood for perfume, knowing myself though, the one sure-fire mood lifter when I’m ill is anything and everything by dear, trusty JCE. His Santal Massoia nursed me back to health the last time, so of course I turned to him again.
L’Ambre de Merveilles is very close to its mother scent, but it is like an Eau de Merveilles for winter time. The warm, snuggly aspects are turned up, the amber (labdanum-vanilla) accord warms up the salty-orange skin scent.
It is transparent, as are all later Ellena creations, but it has a definite presence and amazing lasting powers for something so diaphanous. It manages to exude warmth and a blankety cosiness, while staying light and gauzy.
L’Ambre de Merveilles is like one of these gorgeous Hermès mousseline shawls. Impossibly soft and see-through, but still warming and substantial.
Compared to such a luxurious scarf, L’Ambre de Merveilles has the added bonus of being a right bargain.
Although I sure wouldn’t mind having both…