Hey there Posse! I have an admission to make. I’ve been doing this weird thing that has me questioning my sanity. I fall in love with a perfume from a spritz, sample or decant. Buy a bottle of said fragrance and then never open it. No I don’t know why. Clearly at some point I’ve become broken. Anyway, it gets to the point I don’t want to open the bottle and it sits there, pristine. THEN I buy an opened bottle of a FB Sales Doc and happily use that opened bottle. This is exactly what happened with Ombre Indigo. The bottle you see pictured is my latest purchase, yes, there is a BNIC bottle of it in my cupboard.
Ombre Indigo by Olfactive Studio 2014
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Plum Saffron Tuberose Petitgrain
Heart: Leather Olibanum Vetiver Papyrus
Base: Benzoin Ambergris Musk
So here’s the big surprise with Ombre Indigo. It’s a blue and salty amber. Quite a few of the note list completely pass me by but the opening is a beautiful saffron with vetiver and ambergris. It calls to mind the sea but doesn’t feel aquatic, as in a 1990s aquatic chock block full of citrus, cucumber and watery notes. The notes are all kinda there but don’t read as a flashback. Ombre Indigo is a clever reinvention.
Ombre Indigo heart becomes reminiscent of a classic barbershop but the salty feel keeps it a little left of centre. The whole time I’m expecting it to fall into a tried and true hole but it skirts the perimeter beautifully.
Amazing that the twang stays right through to dry down even through the amber, which has a warm vanilla rich feel. A slight metallic twang also makes its presence felt towards dry down too. That makes for a very interesting twist.
Unisex leaning masculine. Sillage is excellent for the first couple of hours before it becomes a lightly salted caramel wash. Longevity is moderate. I lose it about 4 hours but jin can still smell it long after. I wore it to work last night and three uninvited people asked me what my beautiful perfume was. So it’s also a crowd pleaser.
Does a summer, salted amber like Ombre Indigo appeal to you? Do you know of others?