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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Perfume Review: Ex Voto Ambre Profond

Ex Voto, the company created by Nathalie Paillarse, specializes in elegant urban design and offers a collection of sleek, minimalistic wooden objects for home, home fragrance (room sprays and candles with alluring names like White Monsoon Tea, Black Ambre and Fresh Ginger), and bath and body care products including Eaux de Toilette. So far, there are only two Eaux de Toilette available, Ex Voto White Cristal Pur a.k.a. Eau de Luxe Bigarade (orange, lemon, grapefruit, jasmine, mint leaves) and Ex Voto Brown a.k.a. Eau de Luxe Ambre (Profond).

According to Ex Voto website, Ambre Profond has notes of amber, labdanum and musk. First in Fragrance adds patchouli to the list, but on my skin that note is non-existent. Ambre Profond is a slightly sweet amber scent with a wonderful accord (I assume this is labdanum) that is peppery, leathery and woody all at once without actually being harsh or overwhelming the amber note. That dark yet brisk note adds the most enjoyable “kick” to the ever so sensual amber. This is not a complex scent; in fact I would describe it as linear. But like one of Ex Voto’s wooden accessories, with its paradoxical combination of clean lines, pure shapes and unexpected sensuality, Ambre Profond, simple though it is, is warm, rich and very satisfying. It is modern, chic, and luxurious in a fashionably understated kind of way.

This would be a great scent for amber-beginners and an ideal everyday amber for amber fans. Lovers of very dark, resinous ambers may find Ambre Profond a little light and unchallenging, not as “deep” an amber as the name would make us believe. I must also add that the staying power of this Eau de Toilette is not stellar, only a couple of hours, on my skin.

Ambre Profond is available at First in Fragrance, EUR 75 for 100 ml.

*The picture of Ex Voto candleholders is from


Blogger boisdejasmin said...

Thank you for this review, M. It is another fragrance I tried once and was not compelled to revisit. However, I agree that amber beginners might find it very nice.

5:37 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

V, I quite like it. If it were more easily available it could have replaced L'Eau d'Ambre as my everyday amber.

8:15 AM EST  
Blogger Christina H. said...

I had a sample of this and thougt that it wasn't half bad.It does seem linear like you say but I found it to be pleasant.

10:06 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Christina, let me guess, was it from First in Fragrance ? :-)
If only it were not so expenisive I would have bought Ambre Profond in a beat, but it seems a little too much money for quite a simple scent.

10:13 AM EST  
Blogger Tania said...

I thought labdanum was a note used in amber accords?

10:44 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Wherever I look, it says labdanum smells amber-like and ambergis-like...some sites add that it smells woody and/or leathery. That is what I smell in Ambre Profond. Whether it is labdanum or some other unrevealed ingredient, who knows.

10:54 AM EST  
Blogger Christina H. said...

I thought they were on sale now at First In Fragrance?I haven't checked since I last ordered.

11:01 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Christina, it says EUR 75 for 100 that the sale price? Could be ...

11:10 AM EST  
Blogger Christina H. said...

No, it used to be cheaper.It was on their specials listing for discounted products. I guess they put it back on their reg. line items.It was cheaper at one point.

11:16 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Oh well...I can wait, I will bide my time :-)

11:35 AM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

M, hope you will review the White Cristal? It sounds more to my taste :-)

12:07 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

R., sorry, I haven't tried that one...I suspected you won't care much for Ambre Profond. :-)

12:27 PM EST  
Blogger ParisLondres said...

Wonderful review of their products dear M. This seems to be one to try. Would like to see more reviews on their other products. They are trying to break into a rather difficult market - so I wish them the best.

1:18 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Dear N., absolutely all the best to them. I would love to own one of their wooden objects, so smooth and heavy, very elegant.

1:37 PM EST  
Blogger katiedid said...

I've never even heard of this one. How interesting. But, as I already have a 100ml bottle of L'Eau d'Ambre myself, I don't forsee myself jumping up to snatch myself a sample or a bottle. What an interesting elegant looking line in general, though.

4:04 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Very elegant. But I agree, if one already has L'Eau d'Ambre or say Etro Amber or some such "basic" amber, this is not all that necessary.

4:23 PM EST  

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