The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Ambre Topkapi by Parfums MDCI

Clean fresh and sparkling are the first adjectives that I would use to describe Ambre Topkapi as it is applied initially.  As nice as that sounds, it’s really not all that special or interesting.  It’s really hard to pinpoint the notes as there are so many in this composition, but I can detect the citrus notes in the opening and I might detect a little bit of pineapple, but I’m not sure if that’s just power of suggestion in reading the notes!

After that initial blast of freshness (and I’m only talking for a minute), the scent moves into a nice light warm spice.  Again, it’s not all that special, just nice.  Finally, the scent completes it’s drydown leaving a sweeter, but still light, vanilla powdery amber.  Again, nice, but nothing special.

As you can see, my enthusiasm is bare, if at all.  So to be fair to Ambre Topkapi maybe the Luckyscent description may give a bit of a more inspired tonality to the scent:

The top notes are the perfumer’s nod to the classic masculine scents: the beginning of Ambre Topkapi is brightened by bergamot, spiced up by ginger and have a cool, herbal undertone of basil, thyme and lavender. The heart notes, with their combination of luxurious leather and soft, sweet sandalwood, add depth, warmth and what we can only described as a very “expensive” feel to the blend. In the base, vanilla and amber ornament the scent beautifully, bringing to it a wonderfully exotic feel, making it evocative of faraway lands, luxurious palaces, and Eastern splendor. 

I found the longevity on Ambre Topkapi rather weak as is the sillage.  The coolest thing about this fragrance is the fact that you can get it with the beautiful classical bust for the bottle. However, at an additional $150 is it really worth it?  For the cost associated with this fragrance, I expect a lot more.  I want to feel inspired to write something from an excited voice, not a forced hand!

Ambre Topkapi Notes:

Bergamot, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg ginger, basil, thyme, lavender, oak moss, vetiver, sandalwood, rosewood, leather, Darjeeling tea, amber, musk, vanilla, jasmine and violet

  • Bone Rating: 2.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Woody Spicy
  • Classification: Masculine
  • Expense:  $250 for 60ml EDP with bust, $375 with bust