Meaning ‘amber’, in Esperanto: taking on this well-known olfactory family is no mean feat. It’s a testament to Vanina Murraciole’s originality and creativity that this Ambra is so successfully Jeroboam–in other words modern, daring and sensual. Bergamot and geranium engineer a sporting, clean beginning: bergamot is unremittingly tart while geranium engineers a delightful spicy heat. Incense smokes up this clear and piquant beginning, but it’s not long before peru balsam sweeps in, to purify.
Post balsam, this perfume seems open, limitless: it’s the ideal moment for patchouli to steal the show with its sweet, earthy, verdant intensity. Patchouli (accompanied by geranium and bergamot) evokes the mythical amber, in all of its dulcet, salty solidity. Vetiver echoes patchouli’s lean green profile, even if its own imprint is a tad more shadowy and shimmering. Tonka bean and enigmatic musk constitute the bedrock of this bittersweet powerhouse, allowing Ambra to float on and sink into skin simultaneously. Ambra is a genre defining statement scent: proud, potent and perfectly content to be so visible.