Ambre Russe (2005)

Ambre Russe by Parfum d'Empire
Bottle Design: Bel Epok
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Ambre Russe is a popular perfume by Parfum d'Empire for women and men and was released in 2005. The scent is spicy-leathery. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesChampagne, Vodka
Heart Notes Heart NotesAmbergris, Coriander, Cumin, Tea, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesLeather, Vanilla, Frankincense

Ratings

Scent

7.9 (214 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (156 Ratings)

Sillage

7.3 (145 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (130 Ratings)
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Pepdal

97 Reviews
Pepdal
Pepdal
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Ambre Russe
Truly a captivating scent from a very under-discussed fragrance house, there is a reason this one has become one of my favourites and here are just a few reasons why...


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Karenin

35 Reviews
Karenin
Karenin
2
Ambre Russe
With the advent of the winter season, my heart and nose crave for a full-bodied perfume that would be capable of filling my nostrils with joy and excitement, so scarce in the bleak days of winter. Since I am a self-confessed amber fanatic, I've decided to sample several scents containing this note. And thus I've discovered “Ambre Russe” from Parfum d'Empire.

“Ambre Russe” represents an olfactory impression of Tsarist Russia, with all its glory and demise. To me, a romanticised (and clichéd!) image of Russia includes a snow-covered land, with a troika passing through it swiftly, with its passengers who can't wait to drink hot, sweet tea from a samovar or a glass of (omnipresent) vodka. Although “Ambre Russe” might not evoke all of these images, it does offer us a phantasmagorical peek into the opulence of aristocratic palaces as well as the imperial court. It's presented as “boozy amber”, which is actually the most appropriate way of describing it. The booziness is predominant in the head, whereas in the heart the honeyed sweetness of tea and amber gradually take over the reins. The base of the fragrance features incense and musk, which bring out its sexy, if not animalic, character.

I must admit I was smitten by “Ambre Russe” the moment I smelled it for the first time. It's an extroverted, long-lasting and immensely satisfying perfume. It's perfect for those who, during freezing winters, find solace in their fragrance. Kudos, Marc-Antoine Corticchiato!
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Athenaida

40 Reviews
Athenaida
Athenaida
Ambre!
I'm wearing it today and the opening is similar to Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens but after some hours the dry down it is very similar to Miyako by Annayake!
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WRoth

153 Reviews
WRoth
WRoth
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Ambre Russe
This fragrance opens with sweet aroma of resins and spices. Amber and leather accords are at the base of this opulent composition. The leather accord is particularly dominant in the early stages of the scent, its dark and animal features remind me of Cuir Mauresque, but it is more delicate than the Serge Lutens. After roughly one and a half hour the leather accord slowly vanishes. As the incense, spices and powdery notes retire, a rich amber accord gains prominence. Its perfectly balanced sweet and salty nature defines the heart of the fragrance, creating a very pleasant and modern olfactory experience. Sadly the main accord loses a lot of its initial power as it develops, after four hours the whole fragrance disappears with a honeyed whisper of nutty amber.
MiaTrost

9 Reviews
MiaTrost
MiaTrost
6
An almost perfect take on amber
Ambre Russe is supposed to be an opulent tribute to the flamboyant spledour of imperial Russia. Images of blaze and glory, champagne and vodka are portrayed on Parfums d’Empire’s site. Albeit, how the latter is supposed to smell is beyond me, for vodka of high quality is characterised by absence of smell amongst others. The also referenced scent of tea brewing in a samovar in a cosy dacha, melding with flavours of herbs, spices and leather, pictures a rustic side to it. Whether those stereotypes appeal to you or not, they do imply a contrasting theme.

Ambre Russe’s boozy beginning features a herbal, slightly medicinal facet and constitutes a captivating impression – opinions differ on this opening without doubt. Swiftly amber tunes in as undercurrent and initially presents itself a tad too pale for my liking. Presumably this is ambergris’ doing, although I know it to bring about luminous charisma rather than being feeble. However, all is made up for as the scent further unfolds. A smoky element emerges with a dusty incense nuance and plays cleverly at a dry side, thereby attaining refinement. Glances of that boozy-medicinal facet counteract intriguingly, making for a sleek and accomplished contrast.
Whilst the amber morphs into a more profound appearance, it keeps the parched spices and herbal character. Compared to other ambers, its herbal trait is less opaque than it is in Ambre Sultan and Ambre Précieux is more luscious. However, when the leather comes into the picture, mingling exquisitely with the incense, Ambre Russe becomes a seamless and rather sophisticated composition and eventually does play off that smouldering note of vanilla-sweet.

Ambre Russe features a brilliantly polished contrast of succulent and dry. It is elegant and despite its complexity never excessive. I do love its finesse and ingenuity and if it was not for that pale interlude, it would be a perfect take on amber in my book.
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DutchSniffer

12 Reviews
DutchSniffer
DutchSniffer
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Drunk Russian sailor
Wearing Ambre Russe is like sitting next to a drunk but very attractive Russian sailor in a nice and comfortable pub. The only thing I don't really get is why he's got spiced honey smeared all over his body! :)
Quite the intoxicating smell: it is only the 2nd time wearing Ambre Russe since buying the entire sample pack in June last year. At the time it made a big enough impact to make me all excited at the prospect of wearing it again some day in January. As if I was meeting with an old friend.
Yesterday (Jan 9) was the day to which I had pinpointed it a while ago, based on accords (smoky, animalic, warm spicy) and notes (rum, amber, vodka,incense, honey, coriander) that were assigned seasons. If it had not been un-seasonally warm for January, the perfect scent for icy cold days to stay warm.
Very typically, Ambre Russe is a scent that allows you to travel to faraway places, yet it stays wearable, even on semi-formal occasions. Suitable for both men and women, though I can see some women may shy away from smelling too boozy.
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Yourfoxiness

14 Reviews
Yourfoxiness
Yourfoxiness
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ambre heaven..
This is just what i needed. A cold weather, winter warmer.
Good tobacco by a fireplace, high quality, oakey-vannilic booze, and something vaguely medicinal for a moment. Well worn leather chairs, polished woods and an old book.
Tea, and wild honey, exotic spices. Its easy to feel a sense of warm, sultry air gently moving, and forget the cold, embrace the warm, silken, amber arua that beckons like a foreign melody.. This scent wears extremely well on my skin, which suprises me, because i normally do not care for amber. My warm chemistry made sweet love to this gorgeous perfume and an inexplicable, implacable, spine tingling sensuality was the result, and i am hoplessly addicted. This is the kind of fragrance that has the effect of a narcotic haze, as it is too much, and not enough. Ambre russie is an indulgence in the extreme, and sweet to excess. It is sinful, and decadent, hedonistically luxurious.
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Pietros921 24 months ago
Business fragrance ! Gets you noticed and lots of compliments, is also sexy but Just way too good to be worn daily. Worth trying in the offi

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