I’m a sucker for a really good gourmand. And Nez à Nez Ambre à Sade is a really good gourmand.
Ambre à Sade is a fruity blackberry and strawberry jam. A camphoric patchouli innuendo is in the background. Ambre à Sade is sweet reminding me of homemade berry jams and buttery, flaky pastries. However, it isn’t overly foody sweet at this stage. There’s a sharp cedar and patchouli keeping this from being 100% French pâtisserie. Cinnamon adds warmth. It reminds me of a croissant dipped in a buttery cinnamon caramel sauce. Ambre à Sade dries down to this creamy vanilla with leather.
What I like about this fragrance is that it has all of these “juvenile” notes like berry jam and vanilla, but these notes are balanced by more “rugged” notes like patchouli, cedar and leather. The final results is something joyful and playful but more mature than the note list leads you to believe. It’s like an “upgrade” from Aquolina Pink Sugar.
Notes listed include blackberry, wild strawberry, caramel, raspberry, cedar, cinnamon, tonka bean, vanilla, patchouli and Russian leather. Launched 2009. PERFUMER – Karine Chevallier
Give this a try if you like sweet gourmands or fruitichoulis. Try it if you like Aquolina Pink Sugar, Mugler Angel, Dior Miss Dior, By Kilian Back to Black and/or Hanae Mori Butterfly. Even with the gourmand sweet stuff, I can see this being unisex. Well, it can be worn by any person that likes the sweet stuff.
Projection and longevity is above average. But, I think I tend to over-apply it.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $165 at Luckyscent. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s FInal EauPINION – Berry jams, French pastries and leather. This is an awesome gourmand and probably my favorite strawberry fragrance. I’m rarely in the mood for a berry fragrance, but when I am, I like to wear this one.
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Notable Scents – Ron is the one that introduced me to this fragrance.