There’s one thing I absolutely love about Scentbird: you can find some very interesting niche perfumes to try, and not just the mainstream classics. Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114 [$185, available here] was a wild guess, I had absolutely no idea what this scent is like. The only thing I knew for sure is that I tried a small sample vial of another fragrance from this French company and while it wasn’t my cup of tea, I could appreciate the complexity of the bouquet. The name Ambre 114 made me think it has a prominent amber note, and I love it as a base in my other fragrances.
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“This mythical raw material improves a 114-element composition. A caravanserai of scents for this hot oriental intensifying the natural sensuality of grey amber, sweet perfume and tinted with exoticism.”
- Top notes: Thyme, Nutmeg
- Middle notes: Rose, Geranium, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Vetiver
- Base notes: Amber, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Benzoin, Musk.
Where do I begin with this one… First of all, the amber in Ambre 114 is a real ambergris, which is a rare and crazy expensive ingredient that you won’t find in most conventional mainstream fragrances. That would explain why this perfume costs so much. Ambergris has a very unique salty caramel scent with a little bit of earthy, swampy throw that elevates the rest of the bouquet to new heights. I also don’t smell most of the other notes, they are all sort of there but when I try to distinguish them I can only tell apart Vanilla, Patchouli, and of course the Ambergris. Unlike most orientals, Ambre 114 does not have a strong throw. You start smelling it within a handshake distance, and even then it’s not overwhelming at all. There is that easy creamy quality to the scent that makes it bearable even for people who are normally sensitive to fragrances. In other words, I am beyond excited to add this vial to my collection, and I will probably order another one as a backup.
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