Sample of the day: Ambrarem by Histoires de Parfums

I’ve been smelling this sample for over a week now and each time I smell it, I have something else to say about it. I find it extremely strange and I don’t think I could wear it but I am strangely attracted first to its brooding peculiar smell and then to its ambiental nature. It would be the perfume for a strange, dark sexy, ambivalently good hero of the Northern sea-dwelling people. 🙂 I have no idea where that came from but that’s how it made me feel this time around.

Top Note: Pink Peppercorn, Elemi
Heart Note: Iris Absolute, Oud, Saffron
Base Note: Castoreum Absolute, Bourbon Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber

In the beginning, I thought of it as an herbal amber, leathery, slightly green (as in shrubbery green) and lightly smoky. Now I smell the light pepperiness, leatheriness and smokiness rising from my arm and feel the connection to the rest of the Histoires de Parfums collection (there is something in there that makes you connect the dots to the rest of the collection).

But after I got the impression of my dark hero, later on, I smell the place he lives. It smells like dark, weedy sea at the beginning of a stormy night and the oud definitely adds to that idea. Really ambiental. And the image makes me go weak at the knees.

I sincerely appreciate the strangeness that is this perfume.

The notes work in synergy to bring to life this transporting perfume – those that I can smell not being the whole of what I smell (peppercorn, elemi, oud, hints of sandalwood and ambery saltiness in the drydown).


My sample was made by the lovely people at Jovoy while in Paris.

P.S. Aragorn was the closest to my sexy imagined dark lord I could find.

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7 thoughts on “Sample of the day: Ambrarem by Histoires de Parfums

  1. Olfactoria November 14, 2012 at 18:02 Reply

    Oh, yum…
    that sounds like my kind of man, sorry, perfume, I mean perfume!


    • Undina November 15, 2012 at 08:12 Reply



    • Ines November 15, 2012 at 11:15 Reply

      I’m all for such a kind of man, ummmm, perfume. They go well together. 😉


  2. Undina November 15, 2012 at 08:16 Reply

    I don’t think I’ve heard about this perfume before today. Your description maked me curious to try it even though I’m not sure I want to smell any more agarwood for a while 🙂

    Great review!


    • Ines November 15, 2012 at 11:16 Reply

      Thanks Undina! 🙂
      It’s in their exclusive range and I first wondered if I got another sample of their Ambre 114 – but luckily, what I got is something much more interesting… 😉


  3. Suzanne November 19, 2012 at 16:55 Reply

    Mmmm, I see. Proving you not only have great taste in perfume but also in dark, sexy, brooding…



    • Ines November 20, 2012 at 14:32 Reply

      I inspired myself to watch LOTR (extended edition) again. 🙂


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