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Prada L’Eau Ambrée – There’s something about Amber – September 26, 2013 New Fragrance Listing


After sniffing and sampling numerous amber scents with Gwen as we wrote our recent Nose-to-Nose post, Amber Scents for Fall, I craved even more amber sensations. Ahhh, the power of a favourite perfume note, especially to a perfume addict. It’s like a drug–induced rush “You like this?” “I LOVE it!” “You smelled this one?” “Ohh, I wanna smell that one!” “You want more? You want different?” “YES! I have to smell them all…NOW!!!”

My late night frenzied search for more ambers on my perfume shelves was interrupted by an e-mail ping! A Nicher had just read our amber post, and she was telling me it had made her realize that she really LOVED amber-based scents, and that she was experiencing that same eye-rolling rush, too. What is it about amber?

As I re-read her message, I picked up my bottle of Prada L’Eau Ambrée and give it a spritz. I’d forgotten I had this. I’d bought it because Gwen had the Infusion d’Iris Eau de Parfum Absolue, which I thought was gorgeous, and I’d learned it was by Daniela Roche Andrier (she’s done all the Prada Iris scents, plus Prada Candy). She’s also the same nose who created Martin Margiela Untitled, one of our most frequently requested fragrances, as well as the recent release, Marni, another gem which I wrote about a few months ago. She has a cool contemporary ultra chic style, which I happen to love - it’s all about refined beauty rather than in-your-face statement.

Prada L’Eau Ambrée, an Oriental floral launched in 2009, comes out of the bottle as a delicate citrus waft of mandarin and citron, a light floating veil of scent that waves back and forth, as if controlled by an unseen hand.  Sometimes I smell it, and sometimes I don’t. As the citrus notes fade away, a perfectly-blended floral accord takes their place– listed notes are rose de mai and gardenia jasminoide – which has a lush hothouse feeling as if smelled from a distance, with a restrained sweetness. I catch the sweet note, but as soon as I sniff for it again, it’s gone, replaced by a slightly salty green note, like grasses and leaves sprayed with sea-water. It’s the amber coming up, with a salty animalic ambergris twist.

And the amber develops to perfection! Still with an almost transparent quality, and graced with opoponax and patchouli leaves as basenotes, L’Eau Ambrée becomes a delicious second skin, but is a scent that is so understated  and subtle that at some moments it’s hard to tell which skin is mine and which is Prada’s! The fragrance at this point has a faint sweetness and a dry warmth which gives it a texture like silk velvet, and as I waft my hand under my nose enjoying this powdery softness, I randomly pick up distinct notes of smoky single-malt scotch, creamy caramel, musk, and lightly sanded wood. L’Eau Ambrée is decidedly subtle and transparent, but has a complexity at its core, which is I think is testament to the true artistry of Daniela Andrier.

I’ll describe Prada L’Eau Ambrée as luminous – subtle and luminous. Because its sillage is so quiet, it’s a perfume that you wear just for your own private pleasure, it’s just for you to enjoy, not for anyone else. Unless, of course, you want them to. That’s a powerful feeling, and that’s what amber is about.

Prada L’Eau Ambrée is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.