Sonoma Scent Studio is an indie brand that mostly has mixed-media offerings; however, over the past few years, Laurie Erikson has taken on the challenge of creating all-natural compositions. As the name implies, Amber Incense is an amber and incense perfume, but without using any synthetics.
Amber Incense opens with a fruitiness paired with honeyed sweetness that reminds me of cherry pipe tobacco. It then turns into a spicy, honeyed tobacco. Then it becomes true to its name. It wears as a smoky blend of amber incense. The resins are dry and golden. Frankincense is the most prominent of the resins on my skin. They dry-down reminds me of the brand’s Incense Pure; however, Amber Incense is sweeter with benzoin and a balsamic vanilla. Like Incense Pure, this is smoky without ever smelling like smoke. Amber Incense showcases naturally sweet, honeyed incense resins with cedar.
Amber Incense has a warm, comforting feel. As corny as this sounds, it’s like the perfume equivalent of getting a hug when you need it the most.
Notes listed include elemi, sichuan pepper, clove, rose, jasmine sambac, beeswax, frankincense, cedar, sandalwood, labdanum, oakmoss, oak, patchouli, heliotrope, natural apricot, tonka, benzoin, cocoa and vanilla. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Laurie Erikson
Give Amber Incense a try if you like sweet, smoky incense perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Serge Lutens Chergui, Diptyque Volutes, Terveer Incense, Memo Lalibela and/or April Aromatics Calling All Angels.
Projection is average. Longevity is above average. For a natural perfume, projection and longevity are above average.
Amber Incense comes in a few sizes with the 1.15 oz spray retailing for $125 at Sonoma Scent Studio. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Honeyed resins and smoldering incense. If you love literal incense fragrances, do not overlook this one. For me, I prefer this one over Incense Pure. I love that cherry pipe tobacco opening.
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