Amber & Spices 2009

Amber & Spices by Montale
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Amber & Spices is a perfume by Montale for women and men and was released in 2009. The scent is spicy-woody. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Indonesian nutmegIndonesian nutmeg
Moroccan roseMoroccan rose
Egyptian cuminEgyptian cumin
OudOud
AmberAmber
EbonyEbony
Indian sandalwoodIndian sandalwood

Ratings

Scent

7.269 Ratings

Longevity

8.457 Ratings

Sillage

8.357 Ratings

Bottle

7.060 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 16.10.2021.
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7
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Taurus1967

3 Reviews
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Taurus1967
Taurus1967
Very helpful Review    10  
Would be, would be, bicycle chain
Yes, I know - the saying is of course different and is borrowed from our favourite citation acrobat Lothar Mättheus. But as bumpy as the headline is also Amber & Spices in its course. This Montale starts quite ambitious, but amberless. The prelude actually promises more of an oud scent in a classic way, i.e. heavy woody-resin with good brightening spicy and minimally rosy notes without becoming stalky. Simply noble, but for many already too common and established, if not boring.

Still, after a few minutes you wonder what just happened to the eponym Amber. Just can't be seen or sniffed.
Instead, after some time cumin takes the reins. Unfortunately in an increasingly dry, if not even dusty variant. In the further course it resembles also rather rubber, which one has lightly charred with cumin - a smell, which I was allowed to notice partly on India's streets and/or lanes more often times. There are definitely worse things that you can accidentally pick up olfactorically, but this cumin is definitely out of place in this way.

In the later final phase some oud together with woody notes but still without amber comes to light. A conciliatory conclusion, but one that leaves one wondering what the inlay should do with the cumin seed.
What would have happened to the fragrance without its questionable appearance? And would more amber and less eaglewood have done the whole thing better? Oud & Cumin would definitely have been a more honest name for the whole thing.
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5
Scent
10
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
Helpful Review    1  
Amber? Really?
Opens a little dirty and woody, then calms down to a woody-sweety smell.

Lots of cumin, nutmeg and ebony wood.

In the late drydown it does smells like Aoud Lime. I actually dont smell any amber.

Sillage, lasting power and projection are high.

Updated January 2014
Jubliant

70 Reviews
Jubliant
Jubliant
Helpful Review    2  
Sweaty Body
It goes on and on!!! It won't quit! This fragrance is very linear and over it's life I sense only a slight evolution...

I smell sweaty man! This is the dirtiest amber I have ever smelled! All of my family thought it was sweaty man body on my arm.
Despite the BO smell it is still distinctly amber in the end. Not for me!
5
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Flaconneur

49 Reviews
Flaconneur
Flaconneur
Top Review    5  
AMBER & SPICES by Montale
Amber & Spices opens with an alcohol blast that left my nasal passages completely clear and sterilized. Once the alcohol opening settles, Amber & Spices moves into a very dry and saturated woody oud note. The oud has just a sprinkle of nutmeg and finally, a very soft rose layer. This transition is pleasing but nothing remarkable. The rose note in this fragrance is pretty and mild and is a nice companion to the oud. The rose slowly and methodically pushes it way into the heart of the fragrance a bit more boldly like an uninvited guest. You will also detect a bit of cumin spicing up the rose just a tad, but as far as the overall progression of this fragrance, it is quite linear. Just as you were getting used to the rose's more robust appearance, you find sandalwood knocking on the door. I found the introduction of sandalwood in the base to be the most interesting part of Amber & Spices. There is something quite foreign about this scent combination and very intriguing. Even though the word amber is the first word in the title, I find a vague reference to it in Amber & Spices' base, not so much amber and not so much spice. If this were titled Oud & Rose, that would be somewhat more believable.

Amber & Spices didn't impress me much. It is as memorable as a nicely scented hand lotion or closet freshener. This fragrance has average longevity and doesn't really develop much after the end of the heart note stage. Everything in the base notes either rushes in or is so vague that you hardly notice its presence. Considering the large number of fragrances Montale produces, they seem more interested in quantity over quality these days. Forget Amber & Spices being stiff competition for any of the more well-known veterans of this category.

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