Looking for the Best Classic Amber Perfumes: Help!

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Hello all, and excuse the rather long post. I need some help with amber perfumes, and I want to explain why.

Even though we are now at the very peak of summer, and most of us are roasting,, I am starting to plan, and allocate some of my budget, for autumn purchases. I always go on an amber jag in the fall, but I haven't been as organized as I should be. I think I need (“need" haha) some more amber perfumes--true amber perfumes (not ambergris), that are pure, vanily, resiny, goodness. I already have a handful of classics, and I also have quite a few floral perfumes, thatt are largely amber, and I also have some perfumes that I think of as ambers, like Dune and Krazy Krizia, that overlap with other types of perfume, or that are in a class by themselves

t I want to sample, and explore, in some kind of orderly fashion, the best classic, old and new, amber perfumes, and then make some choices. My goal is to fill in gaps in my knowledge, and, to fill in gaps in my collection. For some reason,, I am much better at sampling florals, and I want to acquire the same facility with ambers. Can I get some recommendations from you guys?

My “tried” list is not completely up to date. But, even with many of the ambers I’ve tried, I probably need to revisit a lot of them, so I’m going to keep them on my test list. Even though I want to focus on Classic, middle of the road, ambers, I am also interested in trying amberesque perfumes, like leather, or gourmand, or incense (for example) perfumes, that are primarily ambers, that I have missed, because they don’t include amber in their names, or because I’ve never heard of them.

This isn't about finding the Holy Grail amber, or the top 10 ambers, or anything like that. I really want to increase my knowledge, and try as many good ambers, and make smart buying choices..

I've already created a little taxonomy of ambers. I has helped me wrap my head around my current collection of ambers, and it should also help me understand the ambers I sample in the future, and help me figure out if there's a place for something in my collection. I don't know how other peoplle think about ambers, but it has helped me.. There is, obviously a lot of crossover, so I am listing some in more than one category. (oh, how I wish for the skills to actually make a Venn diagram. Excel generates beautiful graphs, and I am an Excel Queen, so I might try to do that, sometime in the future..

Here's a list of ambers that I already own, or have samples of, or at least have tried and already liked, and remember well enough to put in categories. Names in bold are perfumes I already own. I have asterixes next to the perfumes that are, currently, on the list to buy, either in large decants or full bottles.

Amber Ambers--just the ambers ma'am
Profumum Roma Ambra Aurea
Ambra 114*
Ambre Sultan*
MPG Ambre Precieux
Tom Ford Amber Absolute

Herbal Ambers--ambers with herbs (duh):
Ambre 114*
MPG Ambre Precieux (oh that lavender!)
Profumum Roma Ambra Aurea (I smell herbal in here, even though it appears that nobody else does. It has also been a long while. I think, that it is similar enough in style, to Ambres 114 and Sultan, that I will likely resample it later, if at all, only because they are on the expensive side. However, they also offer travel sizes now, so I might reconsider).

Comfort Ambers--powdery ambers
Ramon Monegal Ambra di Luna
Farmacia Annunziata Ambra Nera* (also quite herbal, hence crosslisting)
Musc Ravageur*

Floral Ambers--floral hears but unmistakeably amber first. These usually involve rose. I would love to find some floral ambers that feature other flowers, like jasmine or osmathus, or of course, roses
Shalimar (the Queen)
Coco (I suppose this is more like a floriental, but I still count it in)
Profumum Roma Fiore d’Ambre*
Atelier Cologne Ambre Nui*
Dior Ambre Nuit* (tentatively. I can't decide, because the price is just so ugh)
Habanita
Habanita L'Esprit
L'Artisan Eau de Ambre*/Ambre Extreme*
Theorema (looking for vintage parfum to go with my edt and edp)
Youth Dew
Youth Dew Amber Nude (my signature, in case anyone is curious)
MAC Creme d'Nude
Teo Cabanel Alahine*

Spicy Ambers--warm or cool spicy, does't matter
Solstice Ambre Couer
Parfumerie Generale Cadjmere (PG has a lot of amberesque perfumes that I still have not tried, and is likely a goldmine of unusual ambers here, that I will end up purchasing)
Hermes L'Ambre des Merveilles
Prada L'Eau Ambree (the patchouli makes this one spicy to my nose)
Montale Blue Amber*
Montale Honey Aoud* (have a big decant of this one, that will probably last forever, but I would buy a full bottle at the right price)
YSL Opium (I have vintage, but it's not parfum, and I want some soooo badly)
Youth Dew Amber Nude
Balmain Ambre Gris

Gourmand Ambers--completely edible, chew off the arm ambers, either intentionally or otherwise:
Hermes Ambre Narguile* (tart tatin, so beautiful, and surprisingly light)
Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe
Hermes L’Ambre des Merveilles

Leather Ambers--prominent leather note
Shalimar

Fresh/LIght Ambers--amber eaux and such:
Malabah
Prada L'eau Ambree
Hermes Ambre Narguile*
L"Artisan Parfumeur L'Eau d'Ambre*

Citrus Ambers—different from fresh, as they are grafted onto cologne structures:
*Tom Ford Rive d’Ambre (Orange inflected and beautiful)

Creamy Ambers--lactonic or milky ambers
Tokyo Milk Bulletproof
MAC Creme d'Nude (perhaps not a "true" amber, but close enough for me)

Green ambers:
CK Obsession (vintage parfum)*
Dune (I really want this to be an amber)
Krazy Krizia
L'Air du Desert Marroccain* (I like this one better than Couer du Desert)
Bois 1920 Vetiver Ambrato
Moschino (oritginal, vintage if possible)*
Ormonde Jayne Tolu*
Ormonde Jayne Ambre Royal*

Abstract Ambers--avante garde, weird, or loaded with Ambrox, but still Amber compositions:
Balmain Ambre Gris (Amber from Outer Space)

It looks like I have, mostly, floral ambers. I think herbal ambers, ambers that have leather or spice, and ambers that lend toward gourmand are poorly represented.

And, finally, here is a current list of everything that I hope to try: (some of these, I sampled years ago, but need to revisit, in light of my current collection, and sometimes fuzzy memories). I doubt I will be able to afford, much less sample, all of these, so I hope someone out there can help me edit this list, and/or make some better suggestions. I am not at all averse to desinger and value perfumes, so please don't hesitate to recommend anything you like or find interesting. It is a very long list, so maybe you can help me edit it, if there are some things I shouldn't even bother with.

Van Cleef & Arpels Ambre Imperial
Sage Amber
Keiko Mecheri Cristal d'Ambre
Ava Luxe Ambers (as many as possible. I like this house, and I should spend some money and effort on them)
Etro Ambra
Armani Ambre Soie
Atelier Cologne Ambre Nue
Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche (is this discontinued? I'm confused. It's been hard to find, but some of the obscure AGs have shown back up)
Guet-Apens (long shot with this one, but maybe I'll find a way to score a decant. I can't even find any for sale on eBay. And i would gladly pay for some)
SHL777 Mortal Skin and O Hira
Narciso Rodruguez Amber Musc (I believe, there are at least 2 or 3 others, and I adore this house)
Narciso Ambrée
Hiram Green Voyage 2019
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Ambre (any other ambers herein are also probably worth trying. Great value from this house, always)
E Courdray Ambre et Vanille
Mancera Instant Crush (the list of Montale/Mancera ambers is neverending. Any guidance I can get, I will take)
Kilian Amber Oud
Clive Christian Amber Oriental
Dupont Royal Amber
TDC Majaina Sin
Neela Vermeire Mohur
Parfumerie Generale Peau d'Ambre
Creed Ambre Cannelle (do they have any other ambers?)
Annuci Femme
Profumi di Forte Ambra Meditteranea
Boucheron Ambre d'Alexandrie (sample coming!)
Dior Leather Oud (not an amber per se, but labdanum)
Aftelier Amber Tapestry
Yves Rocher Ambre Noir
Yves Rocher Voile d’Amber
Azzaro Amber Fever
Estée Lauder Amber Mystique


If you made it to the bottom of this post, congratulations! I really hope there are some more experienced noses, who find this post. Can any of you help me?

Thank you, so very much, in advance.
 
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Ken_Russell

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Jan 21, 2006
Apart from the very good amber options especially the ones mentioned in the thread starting post, also adding l'Occitane Ambre&Santal as one of the best ambers in terms of earthy, floral and spicy, partly also powdery and abstract renditions of this note, sort of all at once
 

cazaubon

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Jan 1, 2005
Profumum also makes Fiori d’Ambre, a floral amber. Your list is pretty comprehensive. My favourites are Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe, TF Amber Absolute, L’Air du Désert Marocain, AG Ambre Fétiche, Dior Ambre Nuit, Montale Blue Amber and Hermès Ambre Narguilé. I like the Mona di Orio Ambre too, very powdery. Kilian Amber Oud is lovely. Never thought of HG Voyage 2019 as an amber but it is really good as well. PG Ambre Ceruléen is unusual and enjoyable.
 

cacio

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Nov 5, 2010
Wow, it seems you're well covered in the genre. (which is not necessarily my favorite genre anyway). While I don't see a reason to add many more amber, just for the sake of it, I'll toss in a couple more. Seconding Ambra mediterranea for straightforward, powerful amber-not that it adds anything to what you have, just another specimen. For something different, Dior leather oud is probably more labdanum than leather, but of course everything is so powerful that you wouldn't call it an amber.

cacio
 

Sunnyfunny

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Dec 21, 2008
The only glaring omission I notice is Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang-Ylang, which ofc goes under floral ambers, but it's also got a healthy dose of vanilla so it ventures into edible sweetness... almost. My only other recs are Dior Addict and Agent Provocateur Strip, and if you're interested in a little side trip, Glossier You is a pretty little ambrox/ambrette skin scent. You've covered most of my favorites already.
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
SHL777 O Hira
A reference amber more than Mortal Skin.

Hi thrillchilled!

I wondered about O Hira. I have been very impressed with Stephane Humbert Lucas' work, although I know the SouOud fragrances better (sadly growing scarce in the world now), better than I do his more recent work. I'm also leery, because, goodness gracious, SHL's perfumes come with some hair-raising prices. But with a powerhouse amber, I don't always want or need more than a decant. I believe I've some decants in the Marketplace. Thank you for the suggestion!
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Apart from the very good amber options especially the ones mentioned in the thread starting post, also adding l'Occitane Ambre&Santal as one of the best ambers in terms of earthy, floral and spicy, partly also powdery and abstract renditions of this note, sort of all at once

Hi Ken_Russell!

Love your username. Ken Russell is one of my favorite movie directors, so ahead of his time (and our time. They exist in their own space/time, like an alternate universe). Thank you for the reccomendation. There are some legendary, discontinued, L'Occitane fragrances out there. How hard is Ambre & Santal to find now?
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Profumum also makes Fiori d’Ambre, a floral amber. Your list is pretty comprehensive. My favourites are Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe, TF Amber Absolute, L’Air du Désert Marocain, AG Ambre Fétiche, Dior Ambre Nuit, Montale Blue Amber and Hermès Ambre Narguilé. I like the Mona di Orio Ambre too, very powdery. Kilian Amber Oud is lovely. Never thought of HG Voyage 2019 as an amber but it is really good as well. PG Ambre Ceruléen is unusual and enjoyable.

Hello, cauzubon,

It's good to know that I'm on the right path. PG has so many interesting amberesque offerings, and exploring it is kind of a project in itself. I think the same thing goes, for Hiram Green. And Profumum's Fiore di Ambre sounds marvelous. Adding it to my try list!
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Tauer Au Coeur du Désert would be my must-own recommendation.

Hello Brooks Otterlake,

I've tried Au Coeur next to LDDM, and, for me, LDDM works better. But they are both stunners, and my boyfriend prefers Au Couer. We'll probably end up owning both :)
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
You should add Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier's amber along with Kalemat.

+1 to Tom Ford's Amber Absolute as well.

Hi, badarun,

I have tried MPG's Ambre Precieux, and more or less drank my entire decant. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever put on my skin. Is that the one you're talking about?
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Your list is comprehensive, though one I don't see is Ambra Mediterranea. This and Ambre Sultan are my favourites. Ambra Aurea and Ambre Narguile are great, too.

Hello, freewheelingvagabond,

Ambra Mediterranea hadn't even crossed my mind. Thank you for the reccommendation. I'm adding it to the test list.
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Yes! Versilia Vintage Ambra Mediterranea by Profumi del Forte. it's a must-try.

Hello, teardrop!

I'm definitely trying Ambra Mediterranea. I haven't tried anything from Profumi di Forte, at all. Do they have anything else you'd recommend?
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Wow, it seems you're well covered in the genre. (which is not necessarily my favorite genre anyway). While I don't see a reason to add many more amber, just for the sake of it, I'll toss in a couple more. Seconding Ambra mediterranea for straightforward, powerful amber-not that it adds anything to what you have, just another specimen. For something different, Dior leather oud is probably more labdanum than leather, but of course everything is so powerful that you wouldn't call it an amber.

cacio

Hi cacio!

I adore labdanum, and I haven't tried many of the Dior Prives. Definitely looking into this one.
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Ambre D'Alexandrie - another to consider.

Hello, hednic,

Is this the one from Boucheron? I'm not familiar with it, but I love vintage Boucheron fragrances, and I have lots of respect for the house. Adding it to the test list . . .
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
The only glaring omission I notice is Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang-Ylang, which ofc goes under floral ambers, but it's also got a healthy dose of vanilla so it ventures into edible sweetness... almost. My only other recs are Dior Addict and Agent Provocateur Strip, and if you're interested in a little side trip, Glossier You is a pretty little ambrox/ambrette skin scent. You've covered most of my favorites already.

Hello, Sunnyfunny,

I would consider crawling over hot coals, if it gave me access to some Amber Ylang-Ylang. I'm ride-or-die when it comes to Estee Lauder, and I feel foolish for missing out on Ambre Ylang. I also cringe when I see how much it's selling for on the aftermarket. AP Strip is also hard to find, these days. I think I have vintage Addict on my wishlist. I've never come across Glossier You in my perfume exploration, but it sounds interesting, and I'm adding it to the test list :).
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Anucci Femme

Hello, HouseOfPhlegethon,

I almost missed your post. I have not smelled Anucci Femme, in a long long time. I loved it, and I believe I have been watching a bottle on eBay, for quite a while now. If it is still there, when fall comes, I'll probably pick it up then. Thank you for the reccomendation!
 

badarun

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Jan 15, 2013
Hi, badarun,

I have tried MPG's Ambre Precieux, and more or less drank my entire decant. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever put on my skin. Is that the one you're talking about?

Yes, indeed it's Ambre Preciaux.
 
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Sunnyfunny

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Dec 21, 2008
Hello, Sunnyfunny,

I would consider crawling over hot coals, if it gave me access to some Amber Ylang-Ylang. I'm ride-or-die when it comes to Estee Lauder, and I feel foolish for missing out on Ambre Ylang. I also cringe when I see how much it's selling for on the aftermarket. AP Strip is also hard to find, these days. I think I have vintage Addict on my wishlist. I've never come across Glossier You in my perfume exploration, but it sounds interesting, and I'm adding it to the test list :).

Check this
 

Asha

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Jan 15, 2008
Yesterday and today I sampled Heeley Cardinal. It has amber is in the base, and is pretty dry and balsamic, as if it is only labdanum with no vanilla or patchouli. It would be classified as an incense amber, I suppose.... :)
 

chypre

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Oct 10, 2006
MPG Ambre Mythique is an amber with a prominent herbal aspect, with lavender and coriander. The herbal aspect gives it a much brighter, less enveloping character than their Ambre Precieux.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Haunted is a powdery, musky amber, a little like Shalimar but with perhaps a little more emphasis on the amber.
 

kewart

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Jan 9, 2006
Hi Khanada.

I see you are a girl after my own heart!
I love Youth Dew Amber Nude, Theorema and
Ambre et Vanille!
Along the same lines is Mauboussin pour Femme in the tetrahedron
botttle. It's a rich,fruity amber by Christine Nagel and might be just
up your street (although you need to like a bit of patchouli.)
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
Hi Khanada.

I see you are a girl after my own heart!
I love Youth Dew Amber Nude, Theorema and
Ambre et Vanille!
Along the same lines is Mauboussin pour Femme in the tetrahedron
botttle. It's a rich,fruity amber by Christine Nagel and might be just
up your street (although you need to like a bit of patchouli.)

Thanks, kewart! I actually own a bottle of Mauboussin. I need to add it to my wardrobe, which is still not completely filled out.
 

khanada

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Mar 3, 2020
MPG Ambre Mythique is an amber with a prominent herbal aspect, with lavender and coriander. The herbal aspect gives it a much brighter, less enveloping character than their Ambre Precieux.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Haunted is a powdery, musky amber, a little like Shalimar but with perhaps a little more emphasis on the amber.


I’ve wondered about the difference between those two MPGs. I believe that there is a seller on eBay offering decants of both. and I have been eyeing that listing ever since I finally got to try Ambre Precieux. Thanks for the info!
 

Tamasin

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May 14, 2006
Ormonde Jayne's Ambre Royal Elixir should be in the green ambre category! it is so surprising, from entrance to drydown. The Elixir version is poured at 42% and I prefer this, but maybe it's best to start with the EDP version (poured at 32%). They are usually really happy to offer 2mls samples to try out for a few days. I got the Hair Mist version, but not sure about the concept of using Hair Mist yet!

Hello all, and excuse the rather long post. I need some help with amber perfumes, and I want to explain why.

Even though we are now at the very peak of summer, and most of us are roasting,, I am starting to plan, and allocate some of my budget, for autumn purchases. I always go on an amber jag in the fall, but I haven't been as organized as I should be. I think I need (“need" haha) some more amber perfumes--true amber perfumes (not ambergris), that are pure, vanily, resiny, goodness. I already have a handful of classics, and I also have quite a few floral perfumes, thatt are largely amber, and I also have some perfumes that I think of as ambers, like Dune and Krazy Krizia, that overlap with other types of perfume, or that are in a class by themselves

t I want to sample, and explore, in some kind of orderly fashion, the best classic, old and new, amber perfumes, and then make some choices. My goal is to fill in gaps in my knowledge, and, to fill in gaps in my collection. For some reason,, I am much better at sampling florals, and I want to acquire the same facility with ambers. Can I get some recommendations from you guys?

My “tried” list is not completely up to date. But, even with many of the ambers I’ve tried, I probably need to revisit a lot of them, so I’m going to keep them on my test list. Even though I want to focus on Classic, middle of the road, ambers, I am also interested in trying amberesque perfumes, like leather, or gourmand, or incense (for example) perfumes, that are primarily ambers, that I have missed, because they don’t include amber in their names, or because I’ve never heard of them.

This isn't about finding the Holy Grail amber, or the top 10 ambers, or anything like that. I really want to increase my knowledge, and try as many good ambers, and make smart buying choices..

I've already created a little taxonomy of ambers. I has helped me wrap my head around my current collection of ambers, and it should also help me understand the ambers I sample in the future, and help me figure out if there's a place for something in my collection. I don't know how other peoplle think about ambers, but it has helped me.. There is, obviously a lot of crossover, so I am listing some in more than one category. (oh, how I wish for the skills to actually make a Venn diagram. Excel generates beautiful graphs, and I am an Excel Queen, so I might try to do that, sometime in the future..

Here's a list of ambers that I already own, or have samples of, or at least have tried and already liked, and remember well enough to put in categories. Names in bold are perfumes I already own. I have asterixes next to the perfumes that are, currently, on the list to buy, either in large decants or full bottles.

Amber Ambers--just the ambers ma'am
Profumum Roma Ambra Aurea
Ambra 114
Ambre Sultan*

Herbal Ambers--ambers with herbs (duh):
Ambre 114*
Ambre Sultan*
Farmancia Annunziata Ambra Nera Extrait*
MPG Ambre Precieux (oh that lavender!)
Profumum Roma Ambra Aurea (I smell herbal in here, even though it appears that nobody else does. It has also been a long while).

Comfort Ambers--powdery ambers
Ramon Monegal Ambra di Luna
Farmacia Annunziata Ambra Nera* (also quite herbal, hence crosslisting)
Musc Ravageur*

Floral Ambers--floral hears but unmistakeably amber first. These usually involve rose. I would love to find some floral ambers that feature other flowers, like jasmine or osmathus, or
Shalimar (the Queen)
Coco (I suppose this is more like a floriental, but I still count it in)
Atelier Cologne Ambre Nui*
Dior Ambre Nuit* (tentatively. I can't decide, because the price is just so ugh)
Habanita
Habanita L'Esprit
L'Artisan Eau de Ambre*/Ambre Extreme*
Theorema (looking for vintage parfum to go with my edt and edp)
Youth Dew
Youth Dew Amber Nude (my signature, in case anyone is curious)
MAC Creme d'Nude
Teo Cabanel Alahine*

Spicy Ambers--warm or cool spicy, does't matter
Solstice Ambre Couer
Parfumerie Generale Cadjmere (PG has a lot of amberesque perfumes that I still have not tried, and is likely a goldmine of unusual ambers here, that I will end up purchasing)
Hermes L'Ambre des Merveilles
Prada L'Eau Ambree (the patchouli makes this one spicy to my nose)
Montale Blue Amber^
Montale Honey Aoud* (have a big decant of this one, that will probably last forever, but I would buy a full bottle at the right price)
YSL Opium (I have vintage, but it's not parfum, and I want some soooo badly)
Youth Dew Amber Nude
Balmain Ambre Gris

Gourmand Ambers--completely edible, chew off the arm ambers, either intentionally or otherwise:
Ambre Narguile* (tart tatin, so beautiful, and surprisingly light)

Leather Ambers--prominent leather note
Shalimar

Fresh/LIght Ambers--amber eaux and such:
Malabah
Prada L'eau Ambree
Hermes Ambre Narguile*
L"Artisan Parfumeur L'Eau d'Ambre*

Creamy Ambers--lactonic or milky ambers
Tokyo Milk Bulletproof
MAC Creme d'Nude (perhaps not a "true" amber, but close enough for me)

Green ambers:
CK Obsession (vintage parfum)*
Dune (I really want this to be an amber)
Krazy Krizia
L'Air du Desert Marroccain* (I like this one better than Couer du Desert)
Vetiver Ambrato
Moschino (oritginal, vintage if possible)*

Abstract Ambers--avante garde, weird, or loaded with Ambrox, but still Amber compositions:
Balmain Ambre Gris (Amber from Outer Space)

It looks like I have mostly floral ambers. I think herbal ambers, ambers that have leather or spice, and ambers that lend toward gourmand are poorly represented.

And, finally, here is a current list of everything that I hope to try: (some of these, I sampled years ago, but need to revisit, in light of my current collection). I doubt I will be able to afford, much less sample, all of these, so I hope someone out there can help me edit this list, and/or make some better suggestions. I am not at all averse to desinger and value perfumes, so please don't hesitate to recommend anything you like or find interesting. It is a very long list, so maybe you can help me edit it, if there are some things I shouldn't even bother with.

Ormonde Jayne Ambre Royal
Sage Amber
Profumem Roma Ambra Aurea (well remembered but still want to revist, for reference) and Fiore di Ambra
Keiko Mecheri Cristal d'Ambre
Ava Luxe Ambers (as many as possible. I like this house, and I should spend some money and effort on them)
Etro Ambra
Armani Ambre Soie
Atelier Cologne Ambre Nue
Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche (is this discontinued? I'm confused. It's been hard to find, but some of the obscure AGs have shown back up)
Guet-Apens (long shot with this one, but maybe I'll find a way to score a decant. I can't even find any for sale on eBay. And i would gladly pay for some)
SHL777 Mortal Skin and O Hira
Mona di Orio Ambre (I believe this is what it is called), Dojima, and whatever else looks good (and it all does!)
Narciso Rodruguez Amber Musc (I believe, there are at least 2 or 3 others, and I adore this house)
Hiram Green Voyage 2019
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Ambre (any other ambers herein are also probably worth trying. Great value from this house, always)
E Courdray Ambre et Vanille
Mancera Instant Crush (the list of Montale/Mancera ambers is neverending. Any guidance I can get, I will take)
Kilian Amber Oud
Clive Christian Amber Oriental
Tom Ford Amber Absolute
Dupont Royal Amber
TDC Majaina Sin
Lab on Fire Messy Sexy
Neela Vermeire Mohur
PG Peau d'Ambre
Creed Ambre Cannelle (do they have any other ambers?)
MPG Ambre(s)
Annuci Femme
Profumi di Forte Ambra Meditteranea
Boucheron Ambre d'Alexandrie
Dior Leather Oud (not an amber per se, but labdanum)


If you made it to the bottom of this post, congratulations! I really hope there are some more experienced noses, who find this post. Can any of you help me?

Thank you, so very much, in advance.
 

grayspoole

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Feb 4, 2014
Hello again Khanada-

I love your investigative approach and classifications.

Don’t have much to add, except by way of cheering you on. Have your read Elena Vosnaki’s analysis of amber? She’s always so informative:

http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com/2006/11/wonders-of-amber.html

I like to try to dissect an amber accord into its constituent parts. I enjoy labdanum, balsams, myrrh, spices, flowers, herbs and animalic elements. I require a light hand with vanilla, ethyl maltol, and sweetness in general. I do not like modern ambers where overdoses of ambroxan, Timbersilk, and other woody aromachemicals turn the drydown into an indelible sludgy monotonous drone. i feel that space and air needs to exist in between the notes, even in a heavier amber composition.

How about vintage L’Origan? I don’t think that has been mentioned yet. See if you can find a pre-Pfizer parfum—even a tiny one.

Do you think of Bal a Versailles as an animalic amber? I love BaV unreservedly, especially the parfum.

How about Tabu? This one is controversial! There is something in Tabu that makes it unwearable for me. I haven’t figured it out yet, but I keep trying vintage versions.

I admire Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche very much. The balance of incense and amber is just right, in my opinion, and it does not become too syrupy. I have these older bottles.

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Again, I will pitch Sonoma Scent Studios to you, Their Amber Incense is an excellent, all natural amber.
 

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