Another of those 'how does he do it?' mysteries from Jean-Claude Ellena.
Mandarine Ambrée does exactly what it says on the tin : mandarin - amber, mandarin - amber, amber - mandarin.
But how does he make the mandarin - a citrus top note, last as long as the base note - amber?
The answer is; it's virtual mandarin, backed with a fruity note.
Once you've figured that one out, this linear and rather straightforward amber tends to lose its interest.
This one is the best mandarine out there, its like a fresh very sweet mandarin, nothing more nothing less, but its just so delicious!
Wery well done, and i get in a uplifting and good mood wearing this on a summer day/evening.
There is one big minus with this one thou, it comes on strong and leave you in a heart beat, 1h good projection, 2nd hour close to skin, and then its gone, but d..amn those 2hours is a joy!
For that reason this one is not in my collection at all times, but i do wish it was, but the price vs how short it last and how fast a bootle will be used makes it a treat i get some summers but not every summer.
Stil big thumbs up because how great the smell really is, wish hermes could make a intense version that lasted longer, that would be something.
This is a beautiful warm Mandarin Orange scent. I wouldn't describe it as a juicy fragrance, it's drier, more like a fresh Mandarin, hanging ripened on the branch and with the woody and leafy nuances. The amber is pronounced on my skin and pairs really, really well with this. It adds warmth and softens the sweetness and sharpness of the Mandarin. The Passionfruit lends it's presence in the drydown, exotic, sweet and fruity.
Mandarine and Amber go so well together and the result of this combination is just that - a pleasant well put together lazy orange golden hued mandarine fragrance. My impression is of a slightly limpid result simply because there is no contrasting bitters or animalic notes to add drama, excitement or the aggressiveness needed to make this a compelling story. I want to go to sleep wearing this, even though it does smell good. I have a problem with how safe and pleasantly normal this scent is especially from a perfumer with such artistic chops as JC Ellena. This could have been so much more special. It does smell good.
Unashamedly love this. Hits a nice balance between real mandarin and that insanely delicious artificial orange flavouring that's used in sweets, and sometimes a trashy and uplifting fruit hit is just what you want.
Tartness. Oranges soaked in cheap brandy. An almost pomander accord sans cloves. Becomes somewhat bitter. Only a hint, of fruity sweetness as this wears on. Still, that tiny sweet does not, can not mask the bitter smell. The amber appears later. It seems fizzy / fuzzy, almost blurry. The mandarin sits on the amber as though it's trying to suffocate the life out of it. EDMA fails to move me...
Much later the amber rises a bit, as the orange fades.