Before we tilt into spring, I’m trying to get a few cool-weather beauties finished up. First off, a confession here: I have not found a whole lot in the Montale line that agrees with me, save for their Vanille Absolu and perhaps one other. And that’s no surprise, as so much of their line is skewed toward oud, a known hater of my skin (apologies to those of you who love it). So when a sample of Montale Blue Amber came my way in a generous sample package, I hesitated. But only for a second. Because with “amber” in its name, I really couldn’t resist now, could I?
Here are the notes, per Fragrantica: bergamot, geranium, patchouli, vetiver, coriander, amber and vanilla.
This is what Patty said about it, back in her Guide to Amber: “Montale Blue Amber is the amber that shouldn’t be. Amber is warm. Blue Amber is icy cold amber. How can that be a good thing? My love/hate relationship with amber revolves around its warmth, its roughness, its musty quality, smelling of warm old closets. Blue Amber just freaks me out, it’s not natural. It’s weird, but I can’t quite stop trying to figure it out.”
Well, she was spot-on, in my book.
To my mind, it doesn’t have the smooth, round elegance of SL’s Ambre Sultan, the chewiness of Dior’s Mitzah, or the power of the big-amber guns like Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe. No, Blue Amber has something a little different to offer, at least on my skin. Maybe it’s the geranium, vetiver or coriander that give the scent an unexpected but very pleasing cool sheen that’s almost medicinal, and leaves behind a creamy yet slightly mysterious drydown after that chill is somewhat spent. Anyhoo, like Patty, I can’t quite figure it out either, so I just go with the flow and enjoy it. And even though I’m not a fan of the Montale canister-like bottles, this Blue Amber one is rather attractive, no?
Do you have a scent that’s so not you, or sounded bad to you, that you wound up loving anyway? Or a line that doesn’t float your boat generally but has one or two scents that shine unexpectedly on your skin?