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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Ambre Noir by Brecourt and a Giveaway

By Marina

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.

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Blogger Flora said...

No need to enter me, but my ears pricked up at the mention of Ambre Narguile, which I recently fell hard for, so Ambre Noir is a must-try for me! My favorite amber scent to date is Tauer Perfumes L' Air du Desert Marocain, which is not as sweet as many other amber scents.

12:35 AM EDT  
Anonymous Jiyin said...

I'm wearing Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums, so that's my favorite amber of the day. Thank you for entering me in the draw!

12:37 AM EDT  
Blogger Carrie Meredith said...

I think my very favorite amber fragrance is Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, just for its tenacity and ultra-resinous quality. It reminds me of fine incense I used to buy when I was younger, so I have very pleasant associations with the scent. I have a decant of Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche on the way, I have heard much about it. I used to be obsessed with amber, but then I really burnt out on it a couple of years ago. Only in the past couple of months have my cravings for it returned.

1:11 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Favorite Amber? By gods, that's a tough question!

My first thought goes to Ambre Fetiche, because I wore it so much this winter, but L'Ombre Fauve is a love, as is Olympic Amber, Amber Noir, and very recently, Alahine.

I freaking love amber. :)

1:32 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pardon me, the Amber Noir I mention is the Sonoma Scent Studio version! I just realized that is the title of this post ---oops!

1:33 AM EDT  
Blogger Dzing!y said...

would you please enter me in. my favorite amber is Serge Lutens' Ambre Sultan.

1:53 AM EDT  
Blogger Undina said...

I do not have a favorite amber perfume yet but I'm working on that.

2:27 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love many ambers, recently Ambre Orient by Armani Privé captured my attention as well as Alahine and Ambre Fetiche. I must say I have never heard of Brecourt, Ambre Noir sounds very interesting.

2:34 AM EDT  
Blogger The Beach Bedouin said...

I have a big problem with Amber in western perfumes. It becomes too herbaceous like medical ivy! Lately experienced it in Amber Absolute or Ambre Narguile...In arabian perfumes containing amber I don't have this problem :/

2:44 AM EDT  
Blogger Tasha said...

Ambre Sultan! can't get enough :)

3:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

My favorite amber perfume -- I've been searching for one for some time. The best I've found is not really an amber per se - OJ's Woman. Please enter me in the draw!

3:24 AM EDT  
Blogger Ines said...

I love ambres but if I have to choose... I'd say L'Eau d'Ambre as that is the one I wore most last winter.

3:26 AM EDT  
Blogger mim said...

my faves are Ambre Sultan and L' Air du Desert Marocain (have been very into the drier, airier L'air this winter, it seems suffused with golden light where Ambre Sultan is deep and dark, but they're both resinous in a good way to me).

I also like L'Ombre Fauve which is very very cuddly and easy on me.

Please count me in! I love Amber and most oriental and earthy scents. Have never heard of Brecourt but am now intrigued. email in profile

3:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Gabika said...

I love my ambers rich and golden, smooth and honeyed a bit. Favorite is L'Occitane Ambre but I've just heard it may have been discontinued.

4:14 AM EDT  
Blogger Isa said...

My favorite Amber perfume was the discontinued Zara Ámbar. Oh, it was perfect! My boyfriend loved it too. It had great sillage and staying power.

Now my favorite is Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114.

I would love to try the Brecourt samples. Thank you!

4:43 AM EDT  
Blogger Irina said...

please, enter me the draw
my fav is Lutens' "ambre sultan"


5:10 AM EDT  
Blogger tarleisio said...

Hands down, no question - my ultimate amber, indeed, my first-ever amber - was Ambre Sultan. Can't get enough when I'm in an amber mood. Olympic Amber by Olympic Orchids is almost as good (and that's saying a lot!). Ambre Naguile is...amber anathema on me, but I'm always up for a challenge! :)

5:20 AM EDT  
Anonymous Nancy H. said...

My favorite is Annick Goutal's Songes. Really more of a floral, but its got a great amber vibe throughout. I think amber and gourmand would be a great combination. It reminds me of that episode of Seinfeld where George tries to combine food and sex!

5:58 AM EDT  
Anonymous Ela said...

Definitely Ambre Sultan- perfect amber interpretation! While Tom Ford's Amber Absolute is my no.2.
Thank you for the review and draw!

6:26 AM EDT  
Anonymous *jen said...

My favorite amber is Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche. No, it's L' Air du Desert Marocain. No, Ambre Fetiche. Wait... it's L' Air du Desert Marocain.

No. I won't choose.

6:37 AM EDT  
Blogger rosarita said...

I'm very fond of amber based scents. Parfums d'Empire Ambre Russe is currently my favorite. Thanks for the draw!

6:53 AM EDT  
Blogger damageddude said...

ambre sultan.

6:54 AM EDT  
Anonymous Bogsc said...

I'm in love with Haram. The other amber perfume I'm drawn to at the moment is Prada. Thanks for entering me in the draw.

7:23 AM EDT  
Anonymous Meggie said...

D.S.H. Ambre is my go to Amber. Thanks for entering me in the draw.

7:45 AM EDT  
Anonymous RusticDove said...

Since I love many amber perfumes, I'll just list recent favorites that I wore often the past few months: Laura Mercier Ambre Velvet Passion and two by Ava Luxe - Ambre Antique and Amber Essense. I've never tried anything by Brecourt and thank you for the chance to do so!

8:53 AM EDT  
Blogger ~elise said...

Ambre Sultan is my fav. after a long time testing out ambers...but Kuumba Amber Paste is absolutely amazing as well!

8:55 AM EDT  
Anonymous Fernando said...

I can't say I've tried many different ambers, but the one I use and like is Lutens' Ambre Sultan. The way the amber is tempered with a bitter note keeps it from being too sweet, and that's the key for me.

8:56 AM EDT  
Blogger Katherine said...

thanks for the giveaway... my fave amber is l'air du desert morocain.

9:06 AM EDT  
Blogger StyleSpy said...

My favorite amber remains Ambre Sultan - dry and mysterious and uncompromising. I adore amber. I should say, I adore some ambers. It is so frequently mis-handled into bland sweetness. But still - I smell every one I can get my hands on, so please enter me in the draw.

9:16 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

No need to enter me--15 ml of Ambre Narguile (which I love, occasionally) is plenty for me. Just wanted to say I love this line: "non-specifically and very pleasantly edible." Classic, stealable Marina-ism...

9:17 AM EDT  
Anonymous Tiara said...

It's hard to choose because my favorites are Ambre Narguile and Alahine. Both are so gorgeous. Love the idea of a less expensive Ambre Narguile!

9:27 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter my name. I love SL Ambre Sultan and Amber Russe by P of E is up there. Alahine is a beauty too. And Andy Tauer's L'air du Desert Marocain.

9:49 AM EDT  
Anonymous Lessa said...

Would love to be entered in the draw. I love ambers; have to say the one I reach for the most is Regina Harris Amber Vanilla oil.

10:11 AM EDT  
Blogger Prettywitty504 said...

Please enter me in the draw. I'm not very familiar with the ambers, but I do love Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114 Eau de Parfum. I also like Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain if I'm in a certain mood!

10:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Cymbaline said...

I don't tend to like amber fragrances that are too intense so Ambre Noir sounds like one I'd love to try. My favorite amber so far is Alahine from Teo Cabanel. It always gets me compliments!

11:06 AM EDT  
Anonymous sybil said...

Please enter me in the drawing, and add me to the list of Amber Narguile-lovers. Play big or go home!

11:10 AM EDT  
Blogger Gail S said...

I love amber in theory, but often they turn a bit too "dirty" on me. Maybe the cumin that's in many of them? For that reason, SSS Ambre Noir is my favorite, it's very dry with just a bare hint of sweet, never turns weird :) Would love to be entered in the drawing to see how these are!

11:13 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Alamut by Lorenzo Villoresi...and B&BW Sensual Amber for altering, Esteemed Lauder/Tom Ford Youth Dew Amber Nude. Awesome!

11:35 AM EDT  
Anonymous grizzlesnort said...

Ambre Russe. In very small doses, mind you.

11:39 AM EDT  
Anonymous rosiegreen62 said...

Please enter me in the draw. I don't have a favorite amber perfume yet,it's a note I haven't tested very much.

11:56 AM EDT  
Anonymous Bellatrix said...

Hmmm, hard question, but I would go with Ambre Gris from Pierre Balmain.
It is wonderful alone and it is wonderful to layer it.

12:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous dleep said...

Oh, I would love to try these. My favorite amber is Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan which was my very first Serge.

12:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Cerise said...

Thanks for your review. I'd love to try it. My favorite amber is Hermes' Ambre Narguile which I'm wearing right now.

12:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

I haven't, as yet, found an amber that I adored. This sounds lovely though.

Thanks for the draw!

1:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous hotlanta linda said...

HMMMMM...Goutal`s Ambre Fetishe & Songe, original Coco, ditto Diva. Does anyone know the oldest commercial amber scent??

1:01 PM EDT  
Blogger ccdouglass said...

I'm a huge fan of amber and I don't think I could possibly pick a favorite. Would love to be entered in the draw, many thanks!

1:05 PM EDT  
Anonymous Karen G said...

I used to be rather ho-hum about amber, but recently I find myself craving it. Weird.

Anyway, I've always liked iPdF's Ambra del Nepal, but sometimes it feels more about incense than amber. Ambre Sultan was one of the very first Serges I ever tried back in the day, and oh! how I hated it then. Not's rich and luxurious and FB worthy now!

Sonoma Scent's Amber Noir (again with the Noir) is an awesome, resinous BIG amber that used to be a little much for me, but now I love it.

And my very recent amber obsession is Dior's Ambre Nuit. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a masculine, but it's beautiful with spicy floral undertones. Maybe some vanilla in there as well.

Funnily enough, I get nothing but baked apples in Amber Narguille.

Thanks for putting me in the draw :)

1:05 PM EDT  
Blogger Stacy said...

Black Amber by Michele Bergman is my favorite.

1:11 PM EDT  
Blogger a.k.a. Warum said...

People have already mentioned my favorites -- Ambre Narguile in the original post, Olympic Amber (yes, another new fan of Olympic Orchids here!) and Arizona which is Olympic Amber's close cousin, less sweet one from the addition of ponderosa pines. SSS Ambre Noir, yes! Ambre from L'Occitane, yes, in that old style cologne bottle! They are all different and nice.

I tried Ambre Sultan and hated it with passion, and I am not wild about L'Air du Desert Marocain either.

1:47 PM EDT  
Anonymous gautami said...

I like Prada's salty Amber. Thanks for entering me in the draw.

1:51 PM EDT  
Blogger Stacey said...

I'd love to be entered in the draw for this! My favorite amber scents are i Profumi di Firenze Ambra del Nepal and Ava Luxe Ambre d'Or.

2:08 PM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

I'd love to be entered in this, as I adore amber scents. Today I'm wearing L'Occitane Ambre

3:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Elisa said...

Hard to pick a favorite, but I really love Donna Karan Gold, which is a lily scent with a great amber drydown.

3:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Spike said...

For a while my favorite amber was Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums, but Tom Ford's Amber Absolute knocked 114 off of it's pedestal.

I'd love to try out some Brecourt samples.

4:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous Marion said...

ovesseJo Malone
Amber & Lavender

4:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous ashleyron91181 said...

I have to go with Ambre Narguile also...Just lovely! Thanks for the drawing!!

5:43 PM EDT  
Blogger Vanessa said...

My favourite amber perfume is Prada L'Eau Ambree, followed by Marc Jacobs Splash Amber. I definitely lean to the wispy and minimalist in my amber tastes, and gave away my bottle of Yves Rocher Voile d'Ambre precisely because it smelt "too ambery". Or possibly too "coumarin-y, but I'm betting too ambery as well!

6:05 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi. my favorite amber perfume is ambre sultan - partly because it's so incensey on me! not a headshop amber at all. also love goutal's ambre fetiche - because it's so smokey.


7:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous CC said...

Hi, my favorite ambers are Ambre Sultan and Ambre Narguile. I've heard a lot about the similarity between Brecourt and Ambre Narguile, so I would love to try this more budget-friendly option.. Thanks!

8:20 PM EDT  
Blogger Dionne said...

I'll add to the chorus of LADDM, SSS's Amber Noir and Prada's L'eau Ambree. Three very different takes on amber that suit different moods.

8:27 PM EDT  
Blogger woodgirl said...

Oh, amber. I think I love them all, from SL Ambre Sultan to MPG Ambre Precieux to LAP L'Eau d'Ambre to YR Voile d'Ambre to Auric Blends Amber to Pacifica Spanish Amber to funky little jars of unidentified goo that I shmear on myself, I just can't pick one. Please enter me in the draw.

8:30 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, like so many others, swoon for Ambre Sultan simply because of its fidelity to the idea of amber while managing to keep up the interest. My favorite these days is Eau Lente: it begins and ends ambery, but takes you on a journey there and back (shades of Bilbo Baggins) with lots to ponder in between.

I hope someone asks about wine-y scents soon, or at least starts reeling off their favorite unoaked reds...

And thanks for mentioning being hungry rather than going to lunch. I place great emphasis on feeling that wistfulness, unfulfilled desire. Longing is much, no?

9:08 PM EDT  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

How about Montale Blue Amber? Please enter me in the draw as well

11:39 PM EDT  
Blogger taffynfontana said...

My favorite amber is Amberesse from Anya's Garden it is a natural fragrance and the amber is not overly sweet it is resinous and has a spicy kick.

11:51 PM EDT  
Blogger Carrie Meredith said...

Ooh, good one, Taffynfontana. I'd almost forgotten about Amberesse, it's truly gorgeous.

11:56 PM EDT  
Blogger Cadence said...

I liked the Prada Amber but have not found an amber recently that I am in love with! Would love to try something new. I used to adore anything with amber in it. The closest thing lately with amber in it that I swoon for is the shampoo which does have a beautiful scent. Of course, it's $150 so I won't be buying it anytime soon! ;)

11:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Add me please! I'm just beginning to discover amber fragrances, so this would be a wonderful 1st step for me!

12:21 AM EDT  
Anonymous Denise Miller said...

My current favorite amber scents are Alahine, Anné Pliska, and Theorema. Thanks for the draw!

6:32 AM EDT  
Blogger lovethescents said...

I can't do too much amber but my favorites are Prada l'Eau Ambree, Marc Jacobs Amber, Guerlain Attrape Coeur, and as you mentioned, the gorgeous Hermessence Ambre Narguile.

8:45 AM EDT  

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