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 oriental-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Puig.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCardamom, Nutmeg, Mace, Pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesPatchouli, Turkish rose
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoin, Sandalwood, Musk, Tonka bean, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.6 (147 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (112 Ratings)

Sillage

7.2 (103 Ratings)

Bottle

7.7 (106 Ratings)
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WildGardener

101 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
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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.
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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
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
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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

AromaX 16 months ago
A comforting warm scarf with vanilla creamy sweetness, dark ambery light of pathcouli and a touch of rose petals freshness.+1
Hermesh 3 years ago
Balsamic amber "monolytically cast", delightfully spicy-smoky, with light powdery tonka and sweet vanilla. Yet in the long run too heavy.+2
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