WHAT I SMELL: The opening of Amber Tapestry hits the skin with a burst of heliotrope quickly met with a gorgeous, calming and deep mandarin. There’s a very cautious beefiness about the perfume and it radiates a rather marigold golden hue. There’s also somewhat of a gourmand feel as a cinnamon note becomes prominent in a few minutes. The perfume has movement to it, but in a way that feels like it’s rocking in a sun ladened porch swing. After a bit, the fragrance turns a bit darker and the glorious positivity in the beginning moves to the more serious. Here the perfume begins to really project and it moves to an early 1970s vibe as it reminds me of shades of brown, orange and yellow…and yes, it does remind me of a tapestry. The perfume is now dominated by spice as it continues to cradle between the gourmand and amber. The perfume is incredibly vintage…as it really takes me back to a bygone time and place. In the end, the warm yellows, oranges and browns calm down to a softened purr. Amber Tapestry is the comfort you need for those days when it’s cold, damp and rainy outside.
From the Aftelier Perfumes website:
Amber Tapestry is an Oriental Amber perfume evocative of vintage perfumes where the various amber facets are woven together like a golden tapestry. Shot through with other textures and colors, it wraps around you like sumptuous warm cashmere.
Top: heliotropin, yellow mandarin.
Heart: jasmine grandiflorum, jasmine sambac, pear, cinnamon.
Base: ambreine, labdanum, maltol, benzoin, castoreum, ambergris, coumarin.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The most famous modern-day tapestry of all….Carole King’s 1971 Tapestry album.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE AMBER TAPESTRY: vintage, heady, beefy
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT AMBER TAPESTRY: Now Smell This, I Scent You a Day
BOTTOM LINE: Amber Tapestry is a great segue from the warmth of the summer to the winter cold. Wearing it is just the layer of golden fabric that you need to keep you warm and cozy.
- Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental
- Nose: Mandy Aftel
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $180 for 30 ml eau de parfum. Also available in parfum extrait.
*Sample courtesy of Aftelier Perfumes. Opinion my own.
December 1, 2016 at 6:03 am
Fantastic review Mr Hound! I particularly love how you’ve linked it to the Carole King album. Your descriptions are spot on. Beautiful piece of writing.
December 3, 2016 at 7:21 am
Thank you Sam 🙂
December 1, 2016 at 9:42 am
Oh boy, I love that you illustrated this one with Carole King’s album! This sounds lovely and comforting, perfect for December.
December 3, 2016 at 7:22 am
It really does represent the perfume well Holly!
December 1, 2016 at 11:39 am
That album was the soundtrack of my high school years. Nice review. I see it’s snowing on here. Happy Holiday’s.
December 3, 2016 at 7:22 am
Tis the season for a little snow! Happy Holidays my dear!
December 7, 2016 at 5:14 pm
I LOVE LOVE this perfume!! I wish it lasted longer without reapplication but ‘Who Cares!?’ It’s powerful, yet cozy. It is unusual. It’s warm, feline, and an intoxicatingly yummy amber I adore the jasmine & cinammon.
Great review Sir!
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