Monday, November 10, 2008

Ambering It Up

I suppose I sometimes think of amber as my scent, I feel a certain territorial quality for the note, I suspect it is because it is a note that from a young age has been a part of my life, a note that is always in the background. A note that I know blends well with my skin which is why it was so sad for me a few years ago to realize that chemistry of skin with amber had changed making my ambered fragrances take on overly sweet tarry note, but with time I have found some new loves in the amber category. So out of curiosity I decided to see all the amber fragrances I have and how I would categorize them and came to the conclusion that I am total amber nut:

Ambre Narguile by Hermessence- The ultimate amber pastry, completely defines the idea of amber being a pastry note.
Ambre Russe by Parfum d'Empire- A spicy narcotic decadent amber with a little bit of growling fur going through it.
Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens- An herbal narcotic amber, very cool and hot at the same time.
Baltic Amber candle by Voluspa- I beautiful smoky creamy amber with hints of pine and vanilla, one of the few candles I have repeatedly bought.
Blackberry Amber by Bath and Body Works- A juicy blackberrry amber patchouli combo, very intense.
Must de Cartier- What I like to call gingerbread amber with smoke and beautiful green notes.
Sensual Amber by Bath and Body Works- A chewy dried apricot amber that has a nice resinous vanilla drydown.
With Love by Hilary Duff- a coffeed piney creamy amber. Bizarrely good.

As you can see I am no perfume snob, I can appreciate high and low end.

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image: Venice Amber Vine Trio by Julie Lazarus


The Daily Connoisseur said...

I that it's great that you're not a perfume snob! You're not the first person to tell me that With Love by Hilary Duff is a good one...

5spice6 said...

Ok, I should try the Hilary Duff. And if you haven't already, you should try Ambergris Ambre et Diamant Noir, on the top of my list of lists. WooHoo for Amber!


Rose said...

We don't have Bath and body works much to the distress of my friend and I. We have visited America twice together and both times spent literally hours in BBW- sad but true! So am not as familiar as I would like to be with their stuff although I love all their Christmasy bath products.

I am totally anti perfume snobery though, if something is good it's good whatever the price.

I love the combination of rose and amber in Stella.

Jenavira13 said...

Daily- it really is bizarre that Hilary Duff of all the people in the celebrity making industry would actually come out with something decent.

5spice6- I will definately keep that on my list; I think luckyscent actually finally carries it.

Rose- Stella really is gorgeous. LOL at the image of you and your friend spending hours in BBW. I think there must be one in every mall here.

5spice6 said...

Your contact me button does weird things to my mac so here's my email. Would love you to send your address so I can send a sample of the Ambergris.


Jenavira13 said...

That's strange 5spice6. I'll be emailing you soon.