Sample of the day: MPG Ambre Précieux

Like I mentioned yesterday, I want to try and review, even if it sometimes ends up being two sentences, all the samples in my collection. Now that I said that, I don’t think that will ever be possible due to their immensity, but you never know. How many I manage to get through will be great.

So, notes from Luckyscent say: myrtle, lavender, amber, vanilla, nutmeg, ambergris, peru balsam, tolu.

Luckyscent also sets this on their scale as beginning masculine which upset me to no end when I saw it. 🙂 But I admit now they were correct. Which does not mean I don’t plan on wearing it.

The thing is, if you went by the notes, you might think this was going to be a sweet amber (with all the vanilla type notes). But it’s not. Which is kind of strange as I find it very intoxicating and can imagine that a man smelling like Ambre Precieux would turn female heads just by the fact that he’s wearing that perfume.

It starts of with an alcoholic amber opening, and when I say alcoholic, I don’t mean in it in the booze type of smell but more of the vintage variety where you can sometimes smell the fact that perfumes are mainly alcohol (the very good kind). 🙂

In the opening there is a lightly sweet note of the typical amber kind lightly combined in my opinion with something incensey (although that note isn’t listed). I thought I might be mistaking lavender and the spiciness in the beginning for incense (once I saw lavender note, it became clear I was smelling it) but later on I kept thinking I caught whiffs of it as the perfume loses that little sweetness it had and heads into dry amber with hints of salty skin territory.

Even though I love ambers and always smell any kind of perfume even hinting at amber, this one smelled original to me. Possibly because of all my ambers I never came across one that I would admit to being more masculine than feminine (I somehow always think ambers are feminine – they smell seductive to me).

It makes perfect sense though to create one seductive amber for guys to wear then. And Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier did just that.

 

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7 thoughts on “Sample of the day: MPG Ambre Précieux

  1. Christos November 7, 2012 at 13:15 Reply

    This is my favourite amber and I do not like them! But unlike you I think what makes me love it is its overt sweetness….. (go figure….). There is a salty element in the drydown and it does smell a bit masculine (at least more than other ambers) and I also think there is something dirty in the drydown

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    • Ines November 7, 2012 at 13:37 Reply

      He, he, he, Christos, I’ve been wearing vanillas and gourmandy ambers lately so this one’s sweetness doesn’t rank high with me. Then again, I think my skin is good for sweet perfumes as it kills some it of it off.
      Hmm, something dirty in the drydown? I missed that. I’ll have to give it another go and see if I can find that. 🙂

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      • Christos November 7, 2012 at 14:06 Reply

        OK this explains it. I don’t like gourmand fragrances. One day I was wearing this somebody asked me if I had been baking pastry 🙂

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        • Ines November 7, 2012 at 14:51 Reply

          Oh, AP must smell much better on you than on me! 🙂 It doesn’t even come near pastry on me.

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  2. Undina November 8, 2012 at 10:23 Reply

    I haven’t spent too much time testing AP but from what I remember 1) I didn’t think it was masculine and 2) I thought it was nice but didn’t have much to add to all other ambers I already have in or want to add to my collection.

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    • Ines November 8, 2012 at 11:35 Reply

      Well, I’m all for appropriating all “masculine” perfumes for myself and I don’t like putting them in such categories. But this one certainly seems more like an amber a guy might choose to wear than some others I have which might be too sweet and seductive.

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  3. […] is still unmelted) with Ambre Sultan, only to not be able to find my decant. So I decided to put Ambre Precieux on. I’m very happy with that choice. If I smell a waft from afar (and not on my turtleneck), […]

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