Woo Hoo! It’s Friday and Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies is here on the Perfume Posse, the week is nearly done so grab a coffee, tea, wine or scotch and a pack of choc bickies (Aussie for cookies) and I’ll tell you about my latest score that has turned into LOVE!! I picked up this happy little camper over at the SurrenderToChance 40% off SALE, if you trot across you will find yourself a bargain or two, PROMISE!! Yes, I know I’m writing for the associated press but I don’t get any kickbacks for spruking them, I just love their stuff and think they are a great company selling good product at reasonable prices!
Versilia Vintage – Ambra Mediterranea for Profumi Del Forte 2009
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Sweet orange and coriander
Heart: Ylang ylang and jasmine
Base: Grey amber, Siamese benzoin, cedar, tolu balm, patchouli, incense, vanilla and white musk.
LuckyScent says: The elegance of grey amber and the serenity of orange. The sweetness of ylang-ylang, the warmth of cedar wood. Gentle luminous notes, which evoke atmospheres of a calm deep Mediterranean. (Which I think is a load of shite. P)
I love the Ambra Mediterranea opening, a screaming, nose hair burning, oily, punch in the face that makes me cough and my eyes water. WOW!! Unfortunately this lasts less than a minute at high intensity before the ylang ylang and jasmine throw a calming blanket over the fire; though the smoky, burnt caramel on a wood fire persists throughout the lifespan almost to dry down on my skin. I also get a leather vibe that is not noted. I’ve been on, in and around the calm deep Mediterranean and it never smelled like this. There is almost a bitter chocolate vibe going on too.
Then what I get is a sweet vanilla, wood and resinous floral, it’s all there bobbing and floating around like gumbo in a Terry Pratchett novel. Wearing Ambra Mediterranea things will shimmer across your smellovision and then be engulfed by something else. If you concentrate on an accord it will take over the whole fragrance for a while and then you’ll get something else come forward; but always harmoniously. I also get a fresh cracked black pepper through the heart that’s not mentioned. As the Northern Hemisphere heads for Autumn this will be a killer fragrance to sport as the world starts to chill, absolutely unisex in every way, can’t wait to spray some on my buddies of both sexes and see if they love it too.
5 hours later I’ve been to work, where I got 2 interested compliments on Ambra Mediterranea, and now home and there is a very faint whiff of slightly burnt vanilla and woods. I’m going to do it all again, the opening is too amazing.
I bought 3ml of Ambra Mediterranea which is more than half gone because I keep wanting to smell the incredible opening cacophony again.
I hope this has given you some food for thought over the weekend, and I hope your weekend is filled with at least some stuff that you love to do. If it’s not, you need to create a space for you and slip into it. Even a 20 minute scented salt bath can feel like a holiday if you prep the rest of your universe for your time away. Go on, you deserve it.
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See you same frag. time, same frag. place next week,