Olympic Amber by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2011

Hello PerfumePosse, Portia in the house from Australian Perfume Junkies and you already know how much I love Independent perfumers, especially the lovely Ellen Covey of Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes. Recently i did a bit of an order from them and have had so much to sniff and wear coming at me that Olympic Amber one got completely lost among the rabble. We had a cool snap during the evenings here in Sydney and I was looking for something quick as I ran out the door to work that would be suitably cuddly.

Olympic Amber by Olympic Orchids 2011

Olympic Amber Olympic Orchids Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Natural labdanum, vanilla, benzoin, incense, resins, patchouli, and woods

From the Olympic Orchid Site: This was originally formulated as a base for other perfumes, but it stands beautifully on its own. A rich amber scent… a true oriental fragrance that will transport you on a jeweled magic carpet of olfactory delights.

So being totally fearless when it comes to fragrance I did 3 big spritzes as I fled the house, chest and both inner elbows without even thinking about it. Grabbed my bag, mobile, keys and about to lock the house door when WOW! I mean really and sincerely… WWOOOOOOWWWWWWW! There is an initial green, earthy patchouli rush that is fleeting before the resinous, tense minor key comes in and vibrates against the green. It is both beautiful and uncomfortable and they push against each other like bulls butting heads, there is a frisson and discord that is not awful but certainly other.

Pretty soon the incense acts as intermediary and the opening act calms, warms and begins to bloom with the labdanum/vanilla/woods coming in and making sure everyone knows they are here to stay. It is this point exactly that my eyes roll back in my head and I softly murmur WOW. Everything that is comforting, sensual, inviting, engaging and delicious about amber fragrances is in Olympic Amber. Closer to L’Eau d’Amber than Ambre Russe, it’s golden heat is intoxicating and lovely. From here on in I get a pretty linear experience and that is absolutely fine by me, perfect in fact. I was not the only one enjoying Olympic Amber though, I had compliments galore and two people asked what it was and where to find it, now that tells me even more how lovely it is. What a fragrance.

Olympic Amber Olympic Orchids Flickr

Olympic Orchid Site has:
$15/5ml Parfum Travel Sprays (which is what I have)
$25/15ml Parfum Splash
$40/30ml EdP Sprays

I hope you enjoyed coming with me on my fragrant journey today, tell me about your favourite amber scents please. It’s getting cooler in the Northern Hemisphere and must nearly be time to grab them out. I have a few that get regular skin time:

L’Eau d’Amber by L’Artisan,
Ambre Ceruleen by Huitieme Art,
Ambre Russe by Parfum d’Empire,
Trouble by Boucheron,
Coco by CHANEL,
LDDM by Tauer,
Prada Amber,
Youth Dew Amber Nude by Estee Lauder,
Nuit de Noel by Caron,
Ambre Nuit by DIOR.

If you liked this then trot over and see us at Australian Perfume Junkies, there’s always something fun or interesting going on over there.
Portia xx

Olympic Amber Bottle Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Amber Painting Photo Stolen webtreats  Flickr

25 Comments
Diana November 4, 2013

I'm partial to ambers. My two favorites are Ambre 114 from Histoires de Parfums and Ambre Fetiche from Annick Goutal. I call Ambre Fetiche my "hippy amber" and apply it with a light hand. Olympic Amber is one of my favorites from that house along with the Siam Proun. I'm going to add L’Eau d’Amber by L’Artisan and Ambre Ceruleen by Huitieme Art to my next sample order.

Portia November 4, 2013

Yes, Ambre des Marveilles is a lovely soft skinnish amber on me, so pretty but sadly extremely short lived as a fragrance on me. Firebird Bath & Body. Great name. I'll go check them out. Portia xx

tomate farcie November 1, 2013

I love Hermes Ambre des Merveilles and also a great Etsy discovery Amber Vanilla Perfume Oil from Firebird Bath and Body...love them both!

Jackie b November 1, 2013

Well you will probably go duh, Jackie b, but when I first fell in love with Ambre Fetiche, Amber Sultan et al, I wondered what the actual amber was, and the essential oil shop sent me home with Pinus Succinifera...nothing like amber. Then I found labdanum resin and there was that warmth and comfort, is that what is in Olympic Amber?? Then I love it already!

Mary P. November 1, 2013

I am looking forward to trying this one!

Martha October 31, 2013

Well, Portia, once again your review makes me very curious to try a new perfume. In this case, Olympic Amber. I don't have much experience with amber perfumes, but the way you describe Olympic Amber makes amber sound luscious.

ElizabethC October 31, 2013

I've been wearing Enslaved lately and it turns into a powdery amber that I just love. Amber is my comfort scent - definitely going to have to try Olympic Amber!

Jenny October 31, 2013

Wow what a great post! you make it sound like this one is giving you an orgasm....I think I'll get the handbag size!

rosarita October 31, 2013

Thanks for the review, Portia! This one has been on my list of things to try for quite awhile. Ambre Russe is my favorite amber closely followed by Ambre Sultan but I was looking at amber scents earlier today and realized I've never tried Maitre Parfumeur et Gautier Amber Fetiche which sounds gorgeous, too. The price point of Olympic Orchids is really good, a 5ml decant lasts a long time. How long does Olympic Amber take to get to the good stuff?

Bastet October 31, 2013

I've never tried this brand but I love the idea of reasonably priced purse sprays - I may have to check out the web site. My favorite amber is SSS ambre noir.

Ann October 31, 2013

BTW, Portia, we're celebrating Halloween today and this scent would be perfect for it! To greet the trick or treaters today, I'm wearing Serge Lutens' de Profundis, SL's Encens et Lavande, and the appropriately eerie Ormonde Jayne Woman (all in one dab amounts). Hope I don't smoke out the co-workers today with my slightly spooky scentings! ;)

Ann October 31, 2013

Howdy, Portia!! Yum -- today's post is mmmm ... mmmm good!! This Olympic Orchids one sounds a treat -- must try it ASAP. I love many ambers, but probably my faves are Armani Prive Ambre Orient, Christian Dior's Mitzah (some patchouli here but still mostly amber on me) and the lovely Mona di Orio Les Nombres d’Or Ambre.