This past week has been exhausting and crazy busy. I feel like I haven’t had a chance to really give fragrance a 2nd thought with work and now with preparing for Hurricane Sandy. But I finally had a chance to kick back a bit and I pulled out a sample of Ambre Fetiche to coincide with the cooler temperatures today. At first I didn’t think I would like this fragrance, but…
WHAT I SMELL: Ambre Fetiche goes on with a plasticine rubberized strong artificial blast. It’s amber wrapped up in air that was let out of an old tire. It’s strong and very heavy and plastic and more plastic on top of a spiced and smoked amber. I can’t say the opening is pleasurable because a little goes a long way. Just a couple of spritzes managed to clog my throat as it coated and choked me a bit. It’s not until the drydown takes place that this really becomes special. In the end you’re left with a warm blanket of amber tinged with what to me is almost like hints of brown sugar topped with a light vanilla incense. Curious, the notes list “leather” but I am not getting that at all!
From the Annick Goutal website:
Captivated by the Orient and its mysteries, Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen lead us, through the fragrance Ambre Fétiche, on a journey to the lands of precious essences, of shisha smoke and of marvelous opulence. A stroll through oases, desert sands and spice markets. Ambre Fétiche belongs with Myrrhe Ardente, Encens Flamboyant and Musc Nomade to the “Orientalists” Collection. These four fragrances, equally suitable for women and men, can be worn alone or combined.
Olfactory family: Amber, Vanilla, Leather (Frankincense, labdanum, styrax – Benzoin, absolute of iris – Vanilla, geranium, patchouli, Russian leather)
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Starts off as a bear. Ends up like a lamb.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE AMBRE FETICHE: bold, strong, unwavering
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT AMBRE FETICHE: Olfactoria’s Travels, This Blog Really Stinks, I Smell Therefore I Am
BOTTOM LINE: I have the feeling the next time I wear this, it will wear differently on me. Additionally, I also have the feeling that this could get a bit tiresome to me. Maybe it’s just because I put a little too much on and it overwhelmed me. Remember a little goes a long, long way with Ambre Fetiche. Oh, after about an hour after I put this on, my better half told me I stink!
- Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Oriental
- Classification: Unisex
- Nose: Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen
- Expense: Varies online
October 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm
I agree! The opening was too harsh, to bold, too oriental to me, I passed my sample further to someone else.
October 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm
I’m going to try this some more. I do like the drydown…its just that bold beginning that’s a bit rough.
October 29, 2012 at 5:18 am
I gave my sample two full wearings but I wasn’t satisfied.
PS. Stay safe!
October 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm
I find Annick Goutal’s perfumes to be fairly light in terms of sillage and longevity, and that’s precisely why I like Ambre Fetiche. It’s daring at the start, but it quickly acquiesces into something softer (and office friendly).
October 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Hi K! Yes, the drydown is lovely. I just have to learn not to be so generous with the spray 🙂
October 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm
I love Ambre Fetiche and that opening is so sensational on and for me that I respritz often when I wear it. He he He. Dionne from BOTO got me onto it and I am so grateful.
Persevere Steve, you may come to love it,
October 29, 2012 at 2:08 am
Your description of it and then the pictures of it starting off like a bear and ending up like a lamb made me chuckle out loud. So accurate though. It starts off smelling like everything an oriental amber should and then some more. Before I know it though, only a hint of it remains.
October 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm
It seems the word “fetiche” actually has some point at all.
October 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm
October 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm
I completely agree with your description of Ambre Fetiche and … I love this perfume! I’m sure if you test it several times more, knowing exactly what to expect, you’ll end up liking it.
November 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm
I love the drydowns of AG fragrances the best.
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