Collection Extraordinaire - Néroli Amara 2018

Collection Extraordinaire - Néroli Amara by Van Cleef & Arpels
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Collection Extraordinaire - Néroli Amara is a popular perfume by Van Cleef & Arpels for women and men and was released in 2018. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is being marketed by Inter Parfums. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Quentin Bisch

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesItalian lemonItalian lemon
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
BergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart NotesPink pepperPink pepper
CypressCypress
Base Notes Base NotesOrange blossom absoluteOrange blossom absolute

Ratings

Scent

8.391 Ratings

Longevity

7.381 Ratings

Sillage

6.684 Ratings

Bottle

8.586 Ratings

Value for money

7.617 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 14.09.2021.
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
9
Bottle
Duftsucht
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Duftsucht
Top Review    13  
Lure out the spring sunshine!


The small lapse of the weather to play after Easter once again a little winter, can not keep me from my summer fragrances to the front to clear and at the opportunity to test through again.
Néroli Amara came to me as a bottling directly before a summer vacation at the lake and wandered untested immediately with in the luggage. On a hot and humid summer day, just before a violent thunderstorm brought cooling, I thought the hour of the fragrance had come. In anticipation of a citrus-fresh ethereal-light fragrance I sprayed not carefully on the wrist, but misted me generously.
The beginning was as I had hoped for on this stuffy day: fresh citrus notes with a distinct bergamot and a nice pinch of pepper, which I really appreciate in fragrances. And yet the components are built much more compactly than I would have liked for high summer. From the start, a certain density characterizes the fragrance, which increases over time, making it creamy. As I sought refuge from the sweltering heat on the shaded balcony, Néroli Amara became increasingly uncomfortable. The orange blossom settled around me with unanticipated vehemence like a too-dense veil, the freshness of the start a mere shadow of a memory. Only when the downwind of the thunderstorm sent the first gusts and swept away the veil, I could enjoy the fragrance again.
Since then, Néroli Amara is no longer a summer scent for me, but is gladly worn in spring - and now and then in winter on gray, wet and cold days, to evoke in my imagination the feeling of spring sunshine and the accompanying high spirits.
Like today, while the cold rain pelts the window and I, sitting at my kitchen table, delight in the bright yellow of the forsythia and daffodils in my little garden. Then it is perfect and stirs up in me the anticipation of hot summer days. The wonderful orange blossom, which is not held in check by wood, green notes or even moss, floats gently and translucent over my skin and accompanies me for hours.

A simple, graceful fragrance that perfectly stages the sweetness of orange blossom.
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10
Scent
Scentwitch

158 Reviews
Scentwitch
Scentwitch
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Lovely in every way
This is a green citrus masterpiece in my opinion. It’s soft, not sour or bitter like most citrus based perfumes I’ve tried. It’s a happy, juicy perfume that could be worn anytime, but preferably in warmer areas or in the summer.

When I wear this perfume I can’t stop smelling my wrists. I hope I don’t over spray, as I love it that much, and I only bought 8 ml.

Top notes melt into middle with gorgeous lemon and orange, slight cypress. The end is just as lovely with more sweet orange and/or neroli, dying down as the day goes.

I’d imagine Heaven smells like this.

Sillage and longevity is average, about 4-5 hours. I wish it was longer lasting, but I’m happy to respray!

It’s now on my full bottle wish list!
6.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
Floh
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Floh
   6  
You could bend your head and your heart.
So, flea has holidays and again a lot of time to deal with scents. Unfortunately also a lot of time to spend money on perfume. While others are busy with Christmas shopping, Fleh jumps from perfumery to perfumery and sniffs his way through. Of course mainly to buy himself a Christmas present. That's how selfish Fleh is when it comes to perfume. Well, Floh bought two flacons for his loved ones after all. There were three for two, and then Floh thought: "Good opportunity, take some for the girlfriends, too. One each for a friend and the third for me". When it comes to scents, Fleh knows no quarter. First there's flea and then the others. So nobody thinks flea is generally like that. No, otherwise she is very generous, helpful and actually very kind. Really:)!

Now to Néroli Amara: I can hardly bear the initial phase. A sweet, screaming orange blossom like I don't like at all (mostly I love orange blossoms). It all starts very loud, stinging and the pepper tickles extremely in my nose. This flower-pepper-sweet mixture remains for several hours until the base is revealed; it is beautiful. I smell musk - although not listed. This clean musk mixed with light, meanwhile pleasant sweetness and light woody note is wonderful. I would describe the finish as sweet, woody, musky and fresh with a slightly masculine touch.

The shelf life is amazingly good for such a fragrance. On the clothes even days after that relatively strongly perceptible. The Sillage I feel at first as too extreme, after a while it becomes pleasant.

My conclusion: the base would have sufficed for me. Everything before that was too loud, too sweet, too stinging and too prickly. For all those who like orange blossoms very sweet and peppery, Néroli Amara is worth a test.

PS: Has certain similarities for me to Oranges Bigarades...
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle
MaxKruse
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MaxKruse
Top Review    34  
Modern Cologne - The ideal summer companion
Dear Parfumo-Community

I've been in the perfume business for about 1 1/2 years. At first only as passive reader and now also as active commentator. And while there are other - perhaps more exciting - fragrances, in my first comment I would like to "only" "straighten" the image of the unknown, but incredibly beautiful Neroli Amara. This objective relates in particular to the unjustifiably low rating of 6.7 at the time of the test.

The fragrance itself is wonderfully uncomplicated. I most readily understand it as a very modern interpretation of the classic lemon cologne. The fragrance is deep yellow and ranges from a very tangy lemon opening to a creamy fresh orange blossom finish. The self-set Neroli theme is implemented consistently, but with ease. No dusty 4711 image far and wide. I can smell the lemon in the beginning and the orange blossom in the base. I don't smell pepper and cypress, but I don't want to doubt that they're there. However only in light - the citric back strengthening - variant.

At times, the scent is reminiscent of Petit Matin from MFK. However, it lacks the slightly synthetic note provided by Ambroxan in the Parisian representative. Just like Petit Matin, Neroli Amara manages to build up a beautiful tension between lemony freshness and orange creaminess and reminds us of the working styles of Francis Kurkdjian and Thierry Wasser (compare also Guerlains - Bergamote Calabria), without Quentin Bisch's lack of independence
I was looking for a summer companion for a long time. In the past I ended up at Chanels Eau de Cologne more often. Also a 100ml bottle of Neroli Portofino accompanied me for one summer. Both very beautiful, very different representatives of the classic Cologne series. The former, however, lacks the final rounding in comparison, the latter cannot completely shake off the 4711 ideas. Both have in common that their durability makes them more head note heroes than balanced overall fragrances.

Back to Neroli Amara and back to the order given at the beginning to straighten his image a bit.

First: As a modern Cologne of the classical variety, it is unisex. I can't smell a male touch or a female touch. He shares this sorting error with the aforementioned Eau de Cologne by Chanel.

Secondly: 6.7/10 points (at the time of the evaluation) do not, in my opinion, reflect the fragrance in any way. It's fresh without using too much synthetics. He's citric without a hint of chlorine-cleaning charm. It is surprisingly sticky and persistent for a fragrance that (almost) exclusively uses fresh notes. It is a cologne without looking old-fashioned or wanting to look old-fashioned. The concentration of eau de parfum is also visibly good for him, as it allows him to avoid recourse to synthetic olfactory potentiators.

Third: And I have to grab my own nose. Van Cleef & Arpels... huh, I'm not buying a scent from that. Especially in times when brand identification in the perfume industry begins to influence one's own purchasing decisions, it is easy to overlook this fragrance from this (jewellery?) brand in the confusion of a well-assorted niche perfumery. I'd have missed him myself too if I hadn't been hit by a knowledgeable nose. And that's just when it turned out Scented pearls sometimes have to be worked for and they are not automatically sorted in the first row. It also took me two attempts to "dare". And that was also the starting point for this commentary. The fragrance deserves attention.

He convinced me so that I bought myself a bottle. And that, too, is an important point that I would like to make in general. I am very grateful that many people here evaluate fragrances even if they have only smelled them as samples/fillings. I am just as grateful, however, if they also state this in their comments. Because for me it is quite an important yardstick whether an exuberant comment is followed by the actual investment or not.

To all of you who've made it this far. Thanks for reading and see you soon!
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ScentwitchScentwitch 6 months ago
10
Scent
Fresh, juicy, and beautiful—could be worn on any occasion. Perfect for summer weather!

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