The title derives from the slang expression "to put on the Ritz", meaning to dress very fashionably, and Prada Amber Pour Homme dresses you that way. It was 2006 when the city was full of billboards with the image of a guy lying on a bed, shirtless, wearing only a coat, his hands in his pockets, and a dark look. That was the advertisement for Prada Amber Pour Homme. I luckily had a chance to own and rock the original version, a powerful bomb with tremendous performances. There are very few colognes that accurately smell just like shaving soap and only a handful that falls in the general ballpark. Anyone who needs a lesson in what "soapy" feels like should try Amber Pour Homme. It doesn't get any soapier than this.
I don't know where to start with this scent apart from maybe. Bows down at the feet of the nose behind this scent! The first time I smelled Amber pour Homme, it was one of those times you have to keep breathing and keep feeling. It's gorgeous, and the amount of compliments it draws is astounding. Prada Amber Pour Homme is the first male fragrance that I've tried that I can classify as luxurious.
I love that fragrance. It has an intense, sensual opening with very slight notes of old-fashioned barbers soap, a bit almondy, and a touch of powdery lavender that gently dies down through the course of the day. By the very end of the day, the fragrance declares itself over with a delicate yet luxurious note of vanilla, very long-lasting. How to describe it? Amber pour Homme is a light soft scent to my nose but with a masculine twist. It smells powdery, and sure, it feels like a warm, fluffy but masculine blanket. It's got sweet Amber with a touch of powdery lavender soapiness. It starts pretty soapy strong but will mellow into something smooth, calm, and unique while its sweetness remains from start to finish.
Prada didn't make this to sell by the millions as it is unique, but I like the fact that I don't smell like every other guy when I wear this. It is so unique, and I love it, I also love the bottle design straightforward but looks elegant. Prada Amber pour Homme is sophisticated rather than overly masculine or sexy. I'm not saying that it isn't pleasant, because it most definitely is; however, its cleanliness and subtlety is what I find differs from other scents. And believe me or not, I have not even seen a clone akin or closely akin to this overall scent. There aren't any particular notes that stand out in this composition. They all tend to blend nicely, creating an almost soapy, powdery, and creamy-like quality, but there's so much more going on than that. There's a sweet, earthy, muskiness to it that is strong and bold, yet strangely calming.
I've read that perfumer Daniela Andrier created Prada Amber pour Homme centered on four accords. I could detect the following: fresh Cologne, here I get a brief rich blend of fresh cardamom and citrus peels on the first spray; clean Fougère, here the soapy accent from lavender is smooth on my skin. After that rich Amber, and I smell trails of powdery vanilla, sweet yet not cloying tonka, resinous myrrh, and modern patchouli. Finally, warm Suede, again, I get a rather prominent base note of saffron and tinge of sandalwood. The outcome is outstanding, it's executed beautifully in the dry down of Amber, with a musky finish that is both soft, warm, and breezy, like summer air through the bathroom window after a shower.
The opening plagued me. It stank like aviation fuel, not gasoline, I kind of get that. It's a definite olfactory uppercut but doesn't smell bad to me (if you are anything like me, the fuel accord in CD Fahrenheit suits you).
Then comes to the heart, the myrrh element here is incredible and crystal clear, a niche level takes on the note that positively smolders on my skin. It's backed up by a hot, dry, powdery amber. I don't get much patchouli, at least not the medicinal and dirty one, it functions here to smooth out the edges of the fragrance and give a sort of warm, creamy glow to the whole thing.
Afterward, saffron and leather blend beautifully together and are an iconic combo like rose and oud. The leather gets some added depth, and a floral twinge enhances the animalistic nature. I do get the musk which is a sort of golden vanilla musk, ephemeral wind through the window as aforementioned.
Although I think it's appropriate for most occasions, I most like wearing this to the office. Once it's given time to settle on my skin, its perfect for public transport and closed office space/meeting rooms. Don't get me wrong. The original version was such a powerhouse that anyone could detect it far away. The soapy and powdery accords flooded the room, yet the most recent release is watered down, the overall essence is the same but ain't stronger anymore. It stays with me nearly all day, and when I do get a whiff, it's instantly relaxing. The top notes are quite compelling to me, so I always try to put this on ahead before walking out the door. It lasts a good 8 hours on my skin, and I've had a lot of compliments when wearing this. So far, I've only used this in an Italian Fall and Winter. I'm not sure how it will carry itself in the coming warm Spring and hot Summer, but I imagine that if it's not over-applied, it will do just as nicely during the evenings and nights out.
This fragrance may not be "love at first smell" for some, but I felt it's the type of scent that will grow on you...as one gets to smell and know more of the various accords of this luxurious perfume. Fellows, whenever you're in skepticism about how you should smell, wear Amber Pour Homme, there is absolutely no way you can go wrong with a fragrance that mimics smooth, masculine soap.