Ambre Sublime (2010)

Ambre Sublime by Stendhal
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Ambre Sublime is a popular perfume by Stendhal for women and was released in 2010. The scent is oriental-sweet. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Apple, Benzoin, Bergamot, Cardamom, Cashmere wood, Musk, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Tolu balm, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Ylang-ylang, Cinnamon, Cistus



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Stendhal is more famous for their cosmetics than they are for their fragances. Indeed i had never experienced any interest motu proprio to sample any of their perfumes being them in the same counter than Balmain and Annick Goutal (and Jesus del Pozo) in my local perfume shop. Lets face it: Stendhal´s marketing and packaging are dated and unappealing. But so is Ormonde Jayne´s, so i lost my Stendhal´s virginity in the hands of a very helpful shop assistant, who insisted to show me Ambre Sublime after i asked about the price of Ambre Gris.

Well, Ambre Gris and Ambre Sublime are very different takes on amber. The first is a light (but persistent)slightly odd, sweet/salty, aquaeous, clean-skin scent. The second is a way stronger, sweet, smoked resin scent.

The truth is that Ambre Sublime recalls a Serge Lutens creation, Ambre Sultan, of course, but also the extravagant Serge Noire. I should test SN again to check up to what extent, but it was an immediate association.

Ambre Sublime starts as a very powerful amber scent plus a healthy dose of sweet spices, specially cinnamon and a touch of vanilla; this will make some to see this as a gourmand ( i don´t find this fragance edible at all, personally) There is a terribly classic feeling about this scent´s opening: the ylang, the almost chypre flowers... on paper i noticed some aromatic aspects i dont notice on my skin. The "cashmeran woods" are rather noticeable, i smell the type of cedar you would expect in a Lutens; and what really makes this amber intriguing are both the smokedness and the not-so-pretty nuances of raw resins.

The balance achieved between the sweetness and then the addictive un-concealed resinous rubber aftertaste is masterful. And i praise the burnt/smoked touch. I can see the boldness and the sexyness in this otherwise old school Amber. I wonder who is the perfumer.

The intensity of the opening sets into a more powdery scent. I smell something almond-y, or better, like play-doh, probably from the interaction of ylang with other ingredients, that is what really hooks me up. Apple adds some freshness, completely natural and unsweetened (all the sweetness comes from the benzoin, the cinnamon and the vanilla) Amber´s balmy, silky character is explored in full intensity.

Ambre Sublime is a pretty linear fragance with a remarkable sillage and lasting power. The overall effect is a very high quality fragance, rich, with some eccentric touches, always inside of the realm of elegance.
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