Little Miss Colomina's Perfume Collection. Le Labo Ambrette 9
Ever since having discovered the luminous beauty of ambrette seed in Chanel No 18, I have been looking for other perfumes that feature a generous dose of this delicately-musky, vaguely fruity, slightly boozy note. Ambrette 9, created for Le Labo by Michel Almairac, is, as the name suggests, precisely that, a fragrance centered around ambrette seed. It is Le Labo's offering for babies and their mommies, and I cannot think of a more fitting fragrance for the target audience. It is the smell of tenderness.
Ambrette 9 is indescribably lovely on my little one, the soft musky-fruity accord enhancing the naturally sweet smell of her skin. On me it is a little less fruity, more musky and a little more floral, with almost-illusory hints of jasmine and rose. There really isn't much to tell about the scent's development, as there is basically none. From the beginning to the drydown, it is the softly radiant fragrance of ambrette accentuated by subtle floral and musky notes, but its simplicity is delightful, and, keeping in mind the delicacy of some of the potential wearers, appropriate.
Ambrette is an expensive ingredient, and Ambrette 9 is definitely not cheap. It retails for $50.00 (15ml), $125.00 (50ml), $190.00 (100ml), $600.00 (500ml) and $900.00 (1000ml, in case you perhaps want to bathe your baby in it?) and is available at lelabofragrances.com and barneys'.com. Little Miss Colombina and I must have Ambrette 9 for the summer, cost notwithstanding.
The painting is Sunday Morning by Lauri Blank, onessimofineart.com.