Armani Prive Sable Fume and Sable or are two of those perfumes that have all traits that make perfumistas want to strangle someone, while at the same time Googling to figure out how hard and expensive it will be to get –
- limited edition of 1,000 bottles
- hard to find – in London or the occasional Armani boutique, you know, until they run out of the 1,000 bottles
- expensive – $650 for 100 mls. Not the worst price point they’ve done, but somewhat far up the annoying price point meter
- Really amazingly great fragrances.
I get these things and try them so you can decide if you want to chase this particular perfume unicorn or obsess about it or just curse instead and ignore the thing.
Armani Prive Sable Fume and Sable Or are inspired by the Mediterranean
Armani Prive Sable Fume is a very posh incense fragrance. 2015 has been a banner year for superb incense fragrances so far. Armani Prive Sable Fume adds to that. Armani has done some great incenses, from the much beloved Bois d’Encens to Encens Satin. Sable Fume has notes of suede, orris, incense, ambroxan, benzoin and resins. It’s lush leathered resinous and gorgeous. Softer in places than Bois d’Encens, it is more resinous, opening with an almost salty (?) note, it has warmth where Bois d’Encens is a tidge colder. The salty note is incredibly charming and unexpected. A stunningly beautiful incense fragrance with an interesting twist and a warmth it is hard to resist falling in love with. So I stopped resisting.
Armani Prive Sable Or has notes of vanilla, violet, sandalwood, iris, benzoin and tonka bean. It doesn’t shout “lovemeloveme” as loudly as Sable Fume. It just whispers it with the soft, silky iris/violet smoothness laid over a very light vanilla/tonka base. Sable Or creeps up on you. It’s a soft kiss on your neck that you didn’t expect. The Orris is just a touch earthy and so buttery, you almost want to eat it. The perfume isn’t sweet at all, though, so you anti-gourmandy people are clear to keep obsessing. In keeping with the sand theme, this puts off a slightly salted skin aroma that is intoxicating and addictive.
Two beautiful creations that deserve a spot in the permanent line. Please, Mr. Armani? Until then, you have to chase the limited edition unicorn or sit this one out on the sidelines and hope.
I have winners from last week’s drawings for the Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino samples – rincoglionita, foxbins and Caroline. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog, send me your name and address and remind me what you’ve won. I’ll send you a quick “got it” e-mail so you know it didn’t drop into my spam filter and then get it sent to you.
So, wanting to try these or gonna sit it out, no unicorns for you? To make it more interesting, I’ll do a drawing for a sample set of the two – Armani Prive Sable Fume and Sable Or – for four lucky commenters drawn at random.