A note before the review: I’m trying out a bit of a different vibe for this frag review, which will hopefully make it more accessible for all of our readers! Let me know what you think?
I feel like I kind of want to do a week of things that I just OMFGCOMPLETELYADORE, to the extent that the caps lock and lack of spaces is most certainly necessary.
The likelihood of this actually occurring is, unfortunately, very low, but at least we can manage Monday and Tuesday of things that I wholeheartedly adore! Two days are than none, right?
Prada’s L’Eau Ambrée most certainly falls into this category. Not only is it exquisitely packaged, but the scent is amazing – soft enough for the day, but sexy enough for the night. While I’ve never actually found a Prada scent that I’ve disliked (and that includes the men’s line), this is by far my favourite.
It was created back in ’09 (well, that’s when it launched, though I am sure it was finished way before then) by Daniela Andrier, the brilliant perfumer behind most of the Prada line, as well as bestsellers like Gucci Eau de Parfum and Armani She. I find it to be a perfectly dry, transparent amber – and this is coming from someone who finds a good 70% of fragrances overwhelmingly cloying!
Another thing that makes me love L’Eau Ambrée (erm, aside from the fact that it’s one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever smelled) is that it sits really close to the skin. In other words, it’s perfect for someone who wants to wear a gorgeous fragrance that won’t fill up the entire room and wear them, instead! It sort of breezes about you, rather than just enveloping you in a cloud, so you catch whiffs of it throughout the day.
L’Eau Ambrée may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a signature scent that can take you from day to night, and from summer to winter, it’s certainly worth a look!
The notes: ambre, essences de mandarine et cédrat d’Italie, absolue de Rose de Mai, gardenia jasminoide, oppoponax de Somalie, patchouli d’Indonésie. (Translation: amber, mandarin, citron, May rose, gardenia, oppoponax, and patchouli!)
Who can wear it? Well, it’s dead sexy but not at all cloying, so as far as I’m concerned, this would be perfect for someone in their late 20s right up to their 60s – even the right kind of man.
I envision the L’Eau Ambrée woman as the type who takes her chai latté piping hot and skinny; pencil skirts, chignons, and pumps. She comes off as serious and loves to curl up with an old book and a glass of wine at the end of the day… but would still leave that book on the table to hit a party with the girls!
Pass on it if… you’re hooked on juicy, bright, fruity scents.
Try it if… you’re looking for a scent that’s warm but not sweet. They’re few and far between, but this is an exquisite example of a scent that’s just that! It’s also great if you’re a citrus lover looking for a nighttime fragrance with depth, minus the syrupy mess of many warm, easy-to-find citrus frags.