The Scented Hound

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Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums

After 5 days without cable and internet, I am finally back online.  The tree that overtook my backyard is now in piles in the front of the yard and everything is getting back to normal.  Thanks for all the kind words from everyone who wished us well during the storm and my absence.  So now that I am back in the saddle, I thought I would continue with my fall obsession with testing amber fragrances.  The first is a sample that has been sitting in my untested pile for almost a year, Ambre 114.

WHAT I SMELL:  Almost icy/hot to the touch, Ambre 114 goes on medicinal; the thyme is very evident.  Then as quickly as that leaves you, out comes the geranium note.  I can tell that there’s a bit of amber in there, but I am getting more vetiver at the beginning than amber.  Slowly, the spiciness then wafts up through the other notes.  It starts to warm and then begins to open to that lovely rounded amber that any amber lover craves.  What you are left with is a lovely vanilla’d creamed amber that wraps you in a wonderfully warmed blanket perfect for the long winter nights.

Ambre 114 Notes:

Top Note: Thyme, Nutmeg
Heart Note: Rose, Geranium, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Vetiver
Base Note: Amber, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Benzoin, Musk

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  If Serge Luten’s Ambre Sultan and Maître Parfumeur et Gantier’s Ambre Precieux had a baby, this is what it would smell like.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE AMBRE 114:  exotic, warm, spiced

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT AMBRE 114: Katie Puckrick Smells, Chemist in a Bottle, Fragrance Bouquet

BOTTOM LINE:  Ambre 114 is lovely and if I didn’t own so many ambers at present, I probably would be buying a bottle.  This is easily a comfort scent.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Spicy
  • Nose: Gerald Ghislain and Magali Senequier
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $125 for 60ml EdP