L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême 2001

L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême by L'Artisan Parfumeur
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L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême is a popular perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur for women and men and was released in 2001. The scent is spicy-sweet. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCardamomCardamom
NutmegNutmeg
MaceMace
PepperPepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesPatchouliPatchouli
Turkish roseTurkish rose
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoinBenzoin
SandalwoodSandalwood
MuskMusk
Tonka beanTonka bean
VanillaVanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.7192 Ratings

Longevity

8.2156 Ratings

Sillage

7.2148 Ratings

Bottle

7.9147 Ratings

Value for money

7.412 Ratings
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7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Vrabec
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Helpful Review    7  
En Voyage chez l'Artisan Parfumeur: 12 L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême - Spicy phalanx around cuddly ambergris
Actually, as an admirer of Jean-Claude Ellena, whose other works speak for themselves, as well as the house of l'Artisan Parfumeur, I had the L'Eau d'Ambre from 1978 on my list. This was one of the first perfumes from the house and company founder Jean Laporte himself probably still had his fingers in the pie. However, this showed up too faintly on my skin for me to have included this one on my list, which is why my eyes wandered towards the Extrême version.
While the normal l'Eau d'Ambre is just above the perceptual limit, this one performs quite well, which can not always be said for the perfumes of l'Artisan.
However, it is not a more "extreme" version of the former but a completely new perfume.
L'Eau d'Ambre smells of cozy spices, soft amber, slightly vanilla but not too sweet.

In the Extreme version, the top notes are very much in the spotlight, especially cardamom goes here very forward. Since I seem to have to go through, cardamom in perfumes I can simply not off. Thankfully after around 20 minutes this settles down to a tolerable base and a spicy spice accord, which is supposed to represent the amber rises. This one smells exactly how I like it, warm, familiar, kind of like a golden warmth. However, this amber scent is noticeably more prickly than others, noticeably more dogged. Pepper and nutmeg provide piquant spikes that arrange themselves like a phalanx around the scent's core. This makes for an intrigued re-smell; you want to perk up your ears rather than run towards it with eyes closed, arms outstretched and a blissfully infantile smile. I smelled something similar with Lutens Ambre Sultan, though that one stuck in my mind as much more chocolatey.
The esteemed Parfumo and Amberexperte Camey5000 smelled here a green amber, this I can only confirm for the top note, with me, however, the green inkling disappears with the disappearance of cardamom. What remains is green plant juice, which loses its chlorophyll with the herunterabtropfen richung base and becomes darker and more aromatic discolored.
Towards the base I smell almost mild leather, gentle Animalik also plays a role, even if it is rather subordinate to the spicy main players.
Who would like to get an oriental amber fragrance, who perhaps also Ambre Sultan, but the typical "Lutens note" avoid, should test the here. In my opinion, quite unisex, requires women perhaps a little more courage, but ultimately works just as well. As long as it has not yet exceeded 20 degrees outside, I can recommend this very much, even if Lutens' clearly better projects and also holds out.

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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Camey5000
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Top Review    17  
My Amber No. 29
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L'Artisan Parfumeur - L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême

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...an Amber who doesn't want to be an Amber. Different. No. Extrême. He read the report on Serge Lutens, Ambre Sultan, and decided, so can I. And got himself transferred to a permanent moist green rain forest. Mixed deciduous forest. Rain. Rain. Rain.

It's all green. Parallel green. Only green: gooseberries. Green only: nettles. Downcast brown and green ferns, with pepper trickles, nutmeg undersides. And everything is slippery green. Old foliage among old exotic plants. Lots of mould under foliage. Soap bubbles from hidden springs. Soap which smells pathoulisch and casually like rose, with vanilla accompaniment
Cardamom seems to grow around us, even sandalwood dries out of the undergrowth, mouson lavender quickly hides again and leaves room for the emerging benzoin and a light moufflon musk. Here it becomes now a spar amber. Dark brown amber that becomes lighter and brighter. And the soap accompanies us into the passing hours.

...an amber who wants to be a heavy, green amber. Nothing is particularly cozy, nothing is particularly soft, nothing is like a resting pillow. Nothing is like Christmas. This Amber challenges and awakens the spirits to individuality. For comment.

...Extrême.
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7.5 / 7.0 / 7.0 / ---

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WildGardener

209 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
Helpful Review    1  
Rose-Water Amber
The first thing you notice is the metallic tang, evoking tea trays and coffee pots shining in the warm light of brass lamps. In combination with the rosy accord (could there be damascones lighting up the profile here?) and notes that suggest Rahat Loukhoum - Turkish Delight, almond pastries and a certain juicy rosewater feel, you have a work thats partly reminiscent of the hospitalities of an Arabian boudoir.

The other noticeable thing is the antique character of L'Eau d'Ambre Extrême. It smells somehow old fashioned and this gives it the feel of an homage to early 20th century perfume. It's an impressive achievement - to recreate the atmosphere of a pre-modern perfume using 21st century materials.

The name Amber Water captures the technical brilliance of the jus very well; its an eau that recalls a heavy Amber construction.

Something less clear about this perfume can be teased out from the second part of the name; Extreme. Why extreme? Surely a watery amber is an oxymoron - a contradiction in terms - Ambers are not watery by nature, isn't this just a compromise between two genres? This further begs the question - why bother, why not do an amber pure and simple? Isn't this simply an exercise in perfume pyrotechnics?

Well, it is technically adept, the two genres being successfully fused to produce an Amber and twangy rose hybrid, so it's not a compromise on that score. But when you strip away the clever conceits adorning LdAE: the Arabian Nights atmosphere, the metallic trickery, the gourmand notes, the homage to pioneering perfumes, what's left? Does it stand as a perfume on its own terms? In other words, does it pass the Guy Robert test that ' a perfume should above all smell good'?

Absolutely yes. It overcomes the many doubts I had when embarking on this analysis. It's a rose water Amber that smells good and has interesting subtleties that go beyond what could be expected from the average member of the Amber family.

The usual questions of longevity that hang over an Ellena jus can be overcome by spraying under clothing. This maintains the liquid beauty of the rose far longer than on skin, where it much sooner hurries on to the dusty floral conclusion. Development is a bit static but at heart it's an Amber and so no fault there.

Ultimately this is a solidly enjoyable outing which successfully articulates a novel idea. At the same time it can be simply enjoyed at a surface level, putting aside all recondite probing of its cogency.
6
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
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Comfortable amber
Pure vanilla and amber combo that's sweet but not overpowering.

Not spicy as Ambre Precieux. Not herbal as Ambre Sultan.

Very comfortable amber and it's unisex in my opinion.

Nothing really extreme, but plain good.

Sillage, lasting power and projection are average - skin scent.

Updated January 2014
6
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Helpful Review    2  
Amber Unadorned
AMBER UNADORNED might be a better name for AMBRE EXTREME, but I will say that this AP composition does have slightly better longevity than the typical offerings of this house. The problem with presenting a base such as amber with few other notes as embellishments is that there is a very real risk of boredom. To me, AMBRE EXTREME seems a bit like amber on sedatives: polite and calm.

The amber in this composition smells smooth, slightly sweet, and generally pleasant, but it leaves me wanting something more. I learned from reading a page from Ellena's forthcoming book (using the "look inside" app. at amazon) that vanillin generally features in labdanum amber (not animalic ambergris...) constructions, which would seem to imply that it does not add anything to this creation, in particular, beyond what already counts as a part of the amber itself.

Having worn AMBRE EXTREME for a while this evening, long enough to grasp that it was indeed a minimalist creation without any of the distractions which tend to make oriental perfumes so interesting, I reached for my bottle of BAL A VERSAILLES, with which it was of course fully compatible, being essentially part of the base of that perfume.

I am sure that this fragrance has its following, but as far as amber perfumes are concerned, I myself am more of a Serge Lutens AMBRE SULTAN or Histoires de Parfums AMBRE 114 type. If asked to select a J-C Ellena amber, I would definitely opt for Hermès AMBRE NARGUILE, which seems to me considerably more appealing than this one.

Statements

DarkbeatDarkbeat 2 years ago
9
Scent
9
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Amber warm and resinous, with woody and smoky tones, monothematic, but exceptionally beautiful. Very good performance.
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AromaXAromaX 4 years ago
A comforting warm scarf with vanilla creamy sweetness, dark ambery light of pathcouli and a touch of rose petals freshness.
HermeshHermesh 5 years ago
7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Balsamic amber "monolytically cast", delightfully spicy-smoky, with light powdery tonka and sweet vanilla. Yet in the long run too heavy.

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