Amour d'AmandierAlmond Amour (1999)

Amour d'Amandier / Almond Amour by Nina Ricci
Bottle Design: Garouste et Bonetti
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Amour d'Amandier is a limited perfume by Nina Ricci for women and was released in 1999. The scent is sweet-fruity. The production was apparently discontinued. Limited Edition

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMandarin, Lemon, Sweet pea, Kiwi
Heart Notes Heart NotesMarzipan, Heliotrope
Base Notes Base NotesSandalwood, Vanilla, White musk

Ratings

Scent

7.0 (37 Ratings)

Longevity

7.3 (24 Ratings)

Sillage

6.0 (21 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (32 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 23.06.2018
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Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 5.0/10
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Watery semi-gourmand with tartness
It remains a mystery where this wateriness comes from - the pyramid does not disclose any clues to me. 'Love of Almond' opens with a vaguely sweet nutty note, supported by light and indistinct florals notes. Although this Belle would be positioned as the more (but not the most) 'gourmand' of the series, the vanilla is kept subtle and does not provide any edible aspects.
This is a linear fragrance lasting around three to four hours minimum with noticeable projection and could be, with careful application, one of the inoffensive sweet spring florals in the vein of Lolita Lempicka's daylight flankers. However, a prominent tart citrus note becomes bothersome after a while, its sharpness intensified by the edgy marzipan, and the persistent spike of sourness sticking out of the watery sweetness started to get on my nerves. A nice idea gone wrong to my nose.
On a positive note, this fragrance is fairly recognisable. Someone apparently took a liberal splash on a midsummer's day and I instantly knew this perfume by its trail in a split second, after more than 15 years. As it still failed to appeal to me, I assume it was a matter of taste and less about lacking chemistry.

For those who are familiar with the (discontinued) bath product 'Almonds of California' by Yves Rocher, its scent is quite close to this EdT (without the somewhat disturbing tartness).
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*Shrug*
You know how Hershey's Kisses have a tiny bit of a vomit-y twang to them (I think it's the butyric acid)? I've noticed this in Ad'A, and actually quite a few scents from this era (Armani White included). Not sure if this is by design, or simply because my bottle is past its prime, but it vanishes in a matter of minutes to leave a wan fruity almond affair that I can scarcely smell after about 45 minutes or so (I'm assuming I'm anosmic to some of the musks). I've had better.
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 4.0/10
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A nice idea... in theory
Heliotrope and almonds seems like a great combination. Marzipan? Yum. Unfortunately, Nina Ricci AMOUR D'AMANDIER fails to delivery much of any of these. I tested this a while back and recently happened upon a nearly full decant. That's always the first sign that I was not that impressed. Decants acquired more than a year ago, and they're still nearly full? Uh-oh. So I wasn't even really sure whether I had tested this before. Perhaps I had tried it but it wasn't in any of the online dabatbases?

No, it was there, along with my review, and I'm sorry that I have not changed my view during this wearing. AMOUR D'AMANDIER builds up mighty luscious expectations with its name. In reality, it seems like a faint shadow of marzipan and almonds. Imagine almond cookies made with artificial almond extract. That pretty much sums it up. Maybe I've been spoiled by the Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum trio, which offers not exactly almond croissants but a pretty good olfactory doughnut experience.
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Scent 10.0/10
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Whimisical and Girly
One of my first non-store brand/celebrity perfumes was Nina by Nina Ricci. I looked up the other perfumes in the Nina Ricci house, and I found the Les Belles de Ricci collection. I found the bottles adorable (yes, I know it looks like a turd to some, but I thought they looked like fluffy cloud castles). I knew I "had" to have them, and Amour d'Amandier was my first purchase of the flankers.

This was my first blind buy, and so far it has been my best. I am a gourmand/sweets lover, and I fell in love with this on first sniff. It's very dreamy and slightly powdery; it makes me think of youth, babies with chubby soft cheeks, puppies and kittens. Perhaps I am too old for the demographic this line was aiming for, but nonetheless I still enjoy it.

The trouble with the perfumes I have come across with marzipan/almond combination (LUSH's Snowcake and Hugo Boss's Pure Purple) is they turn bitter at some point. In Amour de Amandier, they remain saccharine sweet from beginning to end. I suppose that's due to all the fruits involved, kiwi being most prominent. Amour d'Amandier is the more innocent, adorable sibling to the more sophisticated, reserved older sister Pure Purple.

I own both the edp and edt. It is really hard to tell the difference, but the edp is creamier. The lasting power is the same for both on my skin.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
Very helpful Review    4
Prunus Parade
This was another blind buy - I recalled vaguely that back when they were new I quite liked the Les Belles de Ricci fragrances, but not enough to buy one. I also liked the reviews I found on the web for this one. And the weird flacons, half cat half turd but colourful and with a coronet...
Well, but there was somerthing I overlooked when I shopped this blindly: The smallprint on the covering box said "recharge vaporisateur"... so when I returned home with my loot and opened the box I thought indignantly: Scandal! Fraud! this is a fake!", when what I lifted from its casing was no bright blue turd with crown, but a naked glass bottle with just an ugly little plastic sticker telling of its content. But no, there is "Nina Ricci" coined into the bottom of it. It's supposed to be like that, I hadn't read the smallprint.

So, on to the contents. The atomizer is great, an even, rich and very fine cloud of scent settles on my underarm and reeked of booze. Hootch.
After that had evaporated I could smell citric notes and the pencilly scent of cedarwood. This might only be good enough to eat for compulsive gnawers of pencils. Nothing sweet, creamy, almondy here. The prelude is not even really juicy. Sour fruit and pencil shavings, ain't that great.
But then a sweet redolence is blazing a trail to my expectant nose! Peach, sweet and velvety and with a hint of hydrogen cyanide in its pit. Prunus persica. And it brought kinfolk along - Prunus dulcis and Prunus avium, almond and cherry. The slightly bitter gean or wild cherry, though.

Now this is nice, marzipan with the related stone fruits. Sweet, juicy, delicious. Of course there is a vein of vanilla running through it as well, only I tend to mix it in with the marzipan.
After that there isn't much more to come. The marzipan scent becomes more pronounced and then just coasts along until it fades away. It takes it sweet time for that, still projecting after 8 hours, after 12 it's detectable only from up close.

This is a rather simple but really friendly gourmand fragrance. Peachy :-)

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