L’Eau d’Ambre was one of the first L’Artisan fragrances that I have tried and loved. I always think of it as of a perfect example of what is great about the line. It is unusual, but not odd; exotic, but not overwhelmingly so. Wearing it is like putting on an oriental-inspired shawl to compliment an outfit - as opposed to dressing up in a full odalisque costume for some sort of masquerade. It feels very “niche” and hip, but there is certain simplicity about it that I find very comforting and “accessible”.
L’Eau d’Ambre is satisfyingly straightforward amber with a bit of a twist. Amber is the obvious star of the show, with patchouli and geranium providing the “twist” , the former by adding the dark, slightly powdery earthiness, the latter by bring to the blend the dry, “spiky” piquancy. Vanilla, used here masterfully, softens what could have been too sharp, sweetens what could have been too arid. The composition is well-rounded and smooth. As perfect when worn to a dressed up occasion as it is when sprayed for comfort, to go with a favorite old sweater, L’Eau d’Ambre is the scent that I hope to always have in my collection.
L’Eau d’Ambre is available at Luckyscent, $75.00 for 50ml.