Here’s my deal with ambers. I love them. They were my first fragrance “true loves”. I wanted them all. I wanted to smell them all. I wanted to spray all of them on every visible part of my skin on my body. I couldn’t get enough of them…so I thought. I go through amber-crazed cycles and then I burn myself out and I never want to smell another amber again. And it sucks because I buy all of the ambers and then want nothing else to do with them for 6-10 months. However, I’ll go back to them and fall in love again.
Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114 is one of the ambers that I continue to fall in love with. I’ll smell it and wonder why I forsake the ambers.
Ambre 114 opens as a cool minty geranium and dried herbs like thyme and oregano. There’s a camphoric patchouli over a creamy vanilla amber. The heart is a creamy amber with herbs, cedar shavings and patchouli leaves. It dries down to a rich, warm, boozy vanilla amber. It’s a rather “simple” amber but that’s why I like it. It’s an amber-amber.
Notes listed include thyme, nutmeg, rose, geranium, patchouli, sandalwood, cedar, vetiver, amber, vanilla, tonka bean, benzoin and musk. Launched in 2001. PERFUMER – Gerald Ghislain and Magali Senequier
Give Ambre 114 a try if you like amber. Or if you like perfumes like Opus Oils Heavy Sugar, L’Artisan Parfumeur L’eau d’Ambre Extreme, Montale Blue Amber, Tauer L’Air due Desert Marocain and/or Ramon Monegal Ambra di Luna. This fragrance is unisex.
Projection and longevity are average.
Perfume pal said he wore this to a bar on a Saturday night and got lots of compliments. He’s a bit enamored with this fragrance. On Sunday, I wore this scent to the very glamorous Lowe’s Home & Garden Center and a crazy lady with a cart filled to the brim with some type of rodent killer wearing a t-shirt with wolves howling at the moon (and was serious, none of this hipster irony bullshit) said that I smelled wonderful. Yeah, I’m cool. How you like that hype?
Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114 comes in 2 sizes with prices ranging from $125-$205 at Beautyhabit. A travel size is also available for $36.
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