Ambre Noir by Brecourt and a Giveaway
A perfunctory search in the Fragrances of the World database reveals over 40 pyramid or accord notes, with some variation of "amber" in their name. There are plenty more that have ambery character. There are over 4000 fragrances containing at least one of those 40 notes. Since amber is such a ubiquitous ingredient, the search brings up plenty seemingly un-ambery scents like Dolly Girl by Anna Sui or Escada Ibiza Hippie. Since it would be an enormous task to count amber fragrances not featuring amber, ambre, ambra or ambergris in their name, I just counted the perfumes that have one of those in the title. There are over 80 of them, and these would not include a lot of indie lines, like Brecourt.
Not to belabor the point, but there are plenty of amber perfumes out there, a lot of them quite good. And still each new (and often long-established) line is compelled to offer its own rendition. I don't know how many succeed in releasing something earth-shatterinly original (can you name a recent amber scent that surprised you?), but some do manage to come up with enjoyable. And that really is not a small thing.
This is what Ambre Noir by Brecourt is to me, an easy, comforting, enjoyable amber. The creators call it a fragrance of seduction, and certainly it is fairly sensual, in that languid, husky, velvety way that amber can be, but for me it is mainly a comfort scent, with a strongly gourmand undertone. I say, gourmand, but I couldn't tell you what dish it reminds me of, it is just non-specifically and very pleasantly edible. It might be the fruity magnolia and the honeyed myrrh that lend Ambre Noir this quality or it might that, as I am writing this instead of going to lunch, I am just hungry. In any case, I find Brecourt's verison of amber to be quite delightful. Another ambery offering in the line, Haram is even more obviously on the foodie side. Those looking for a budget-friendly version of the shisha-smoking cinnamon-cherry pie, Ambre Narguile, should pay to it close attention.
If you would like to receive a sample pack of Brecourt samples, let me know in your comment, what is your favorite amber perfume. One winner will be chosen at random. Draw closed.