Alambar by Laboratorio Olfattivo
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Alambar is a popular perfume by Laboratorio Olfattivo for women and men and was released in 2009. The scent is spicy-oriental. It is being marketed by Kaon.
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Perfumer

Enrico Buccella

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAmber, Bergamot, Cocoa
Heart Notes Heart NotesAmber, Vanilla, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesAmber

Ratings

Scent

7.8 (257 Ratings)

Longevity

7.7 (189 Ratings)

Sillage

6.4 (182 Ratings)

Bottle

6.7 (166 Ratings)
Submitted by DeGe53, last update on 07.08.2020.
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Top Review    18  
Sausage Coke?
These days I often have to think about my last holiday in the Italian port town of Levanto. A charming little seaside resort on the Ligurian coast, the gateway to the famous Cinque Terre. I see the many lovely people I met there in front of my inner eye and imagine how they all now suffer from domestic quarantine and wish that this nightmare would pass quickly.
I associate a particularly beautiful holiday memory with the small perfumery in Via Dante 33, which also bears exactly this name.
The lovingly decorated shop is barely 25 square metres in size and is run by a lovely lady in her fifties. For three evenings in a row, I pressed my nose against the shop window pane and admired all the big names behind it. I let Creed, Amouage, Acqua d'Italie, Ligne St. Barth, Ortigia, Nobile 1942, Laboratorio Olfattivo and many more.
Quickly the desire grew in me to return to winter Germany with a fragrant souvenir in my luggage. And so it finally happened that on the fourth evening the eternally impatient husband made his way home alone, and entered the small shop with childlike anticipation. Immediately I was greeted by the lovely owner and asked in Italian about my fragrance preferences. To this day I still don't know how I managed to articulate my needs halfway understandably with my rudimentary knowledge of Italian, but it worked amazingly well. Vaniglia, incenso, ambra and senza fiore were obviously enough of a clue for the petite and neatly dressed lady to immediately make a small and exclusive selection for me. We quickly agreed that my fragrance should carry the label "made in Italy" and set about testing it. So much in advance - none was bad, I could have bought them all.
One of the fragrances presented was finally Alambar. I liked its sparkling and subtly fruity sweetness I kept the paper in my hand during testing and for a long time Alambar remained my favourite. "Buono, eh?" The likeable Italian woman winked at me knowingly and gestured to me to test it on my skin. No sooner said than done. When I sniffed my wrist after 30 seconds, my enthusiasm was suddenly dampened. The freshness had given way to a diffuse smokiness that did not appeal to me at all at that moment. A pity. Checked off.
So I kept on testing and left the shop a little later with a wonderful sweetheart.
On the way home, which was a small test of my fitness by climbing a steep vineyard, my nose kept wandering from my wrist over the back of my hand - what was that? The smoky Alambar had recovered its pleasant effervescence. Cinnamon? Yes, but not Christmassy, but only so gently dosed that it gave the scent a pleasant depth. Cocoa? No. Obviously my nose isn't fine enough to detect it. It's a slightly tingly citric scent that reminds me of an ice-cold glass of cola with a slice of lemon. Maybe vanilla coke? Because I'm beginning to suspect my beloved vanilla, too. I often have the problem with Amber that I find it stuffy to musty. It can really thicken the air and I find this unpleasant and often this perception is accompanied by headaches. Not so with Alambar. The fragrance always remains light and transparent without losing its performance. It has a good silage and lasts for eight hours on my skin. Shit, I really like it The inevitable had to happen. And so on the last evening of the holiday I was drawn back to Via Dante 33, and secretly I was glad that the holiday was now over, because otherwise it would probably have meant financial ruin for me. Back in Germany again, I find Alambar to be a really wearable everyday scent, which certainly doesn't only fit into the winter, but can also sweeten spring and, in light dosage, summer. However, I have to note that the fragrance develops completely differently on different days. This is especially true for the presence of the smoky note described at the beginning. While I hardly notice it on some days, it is present on others for quite a long time. Before our school went on the "corona holidays", I used to wear the scent at work. I was conjugating a Latin verb table with a seventh grader when he suddenly looked at me and asked: "Do you smell that? It totally smells like baloney." In retrospect, I'm pretty glad I couldn't see my stupid face at that moment. And he wasn't all that wrong, because with a lot of imagination you can actually make something "Mettwursty" in his smoky phase of Alambar. Unfortunately, I have to admit that the scent suffered a little because of this statement in his standing with me. Some associations simply can't be shaken off that easily once they have settled in the brain. It actually took me three weeks before I was able to wear the scent again in an unbiased way. Now I'm sitting here in the sun, wearing Alambar and I still think it's great even as a vegetarian.
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ColinM

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Unpretentious medicinal amber
Alambar is a quite simple, yet rich citrus-amber scent stuffed with a warm, palpable medicinal-resinous feel, overall quite “sticky” like pouring resin, autumnal and exotic at the same time, topped with a load of sweet spices (cinnamon, cumin) juxtaposed to a vanillic-resinous accord and this ton of warm amber, all posed on a slightly camphoraceous-metallic base (something like benzoin, just harsher, more synthetic and drier). All gently refreshed by a subtle balsamic feel that softens the overall sweet-caramelised heaviness. I don’t get any cocoa note honestly, except for a subtle dusty-sweet feel which can be anything. If you are familiar with Enrico Buccella, his style and his “colour palette” are quite recognizable here as well; a much linear scent, a nostalgic chypre inspiration blended with contemporary metallic nuances, a general boldness mostly focused on ambery-resinous and spicy notes, which this nose seems quite fond of. Not that original, but nice for a while, as it smells deep, rich, intriguing at first, gently evolving on a more bright and soapy drydown. Nonetheless its solid and linear persistence may turn into a flaw after a while (I mean: boring). Give it a try, though; if you like it, it’s a good deal for its price – Laboratorio Olfattivo is one of the very few niche brands which is humble enough to stay away from elitism and keep prices on a decent (fair) level, and I appreciate that.

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Alambar
This fragrance opens with a sweet spice bouquet which sadly is marred by a flat bergamot note in the background of the accord. I am sure the citrus is not supposed to be this way, but reacts weirdly to my skin chemistry. The scent’s wake is not affected by this, whereas up close the sweaty-stale aroma of the bergamot is rather noticeable. The oriental heart bouquet is composed of clove, cinnamon and a very vanilla-heavy amber. As the fragrance develops the spice notes burn off, leaving me with an extremely light vanilla note. The dry down is again a pure amber note.

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Jazzy76Jazzy76 2 years ago
5
Scent
4
Longevity
5
Sillage
4
Bottle
Very flat, medicinal and poor: synthetic amber and nothing more.

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