Ah, the wide, wide world of amber. There’s an ocean of scent to choose from, but it takes some doing to narrow it down to one or two favorites, for me at least. Hmmm … let’s see, this one is too sweet; this one is too boozy, this one’s a tad too masculine, etc. But when you find one that’s just right, like Goldilocks, that makes you go “A-ha!” upon first application, and has you enjoying it all the way through to the last gasp of the drydown, you know it’s a keeper. And Alambar is turning out to be that one for me.
I’m not sure when it debuted, but it’s new to me this winter, and I am grooving on this smooth amber that’s not complicated, just easy wearing and oh-so yummy. Not a ton of development here, but that’s OK. Alambar almost smells good enough to eat, but stops short. A little cinnamon, a little cocoa, a little vanilla contribute to this, but it won’t necessarily turn off those who dislike gourmand scents.
Although I am quite fond of Armani Prive’s Ambre Orient and Dior’s Mitzah (and actually found them somewhat similar), there was a thread of slightly sharp crunchiness, for lack of a better word, running through them which put me off a tiny bit. In fact, in a review which I can now no longer find to give proper credit, a blogger referred to Alambar as “Mitzah’s little sister,” so I wasn’t the only one to see the family resemblance.
I’ve tried this dabbed and sprayed and love it both ways. Who knows? Alambar just might be one that will gain rare FB status among my perfume holdings. And in today’s ever-escalating perfume prices, $140 for 100 mls is quite the bargain. Whoa — back up the truck — did I just type 100 mls? Now that’s a jug o’ juice! At that rate, I’ll be wearing it until I’m 105 (at least).
I need to try the others in this Italian line, which is one you don’t seem to hear a whole lot about. I think Min New York carries it and also First in Fragrance, but is not at any of the other usual suspects (Luckyscent, Beautyhabit, Barney’s, etc.) that I could find.
What about you? Have you found your perfect amber(s) or are you still looking? Or do you have a favorite Laboratorio Olfattivo scent?