Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Burnt Amber

Amber, originally uploaded by pmarella.

I always loved amber notes, yet somehow find most amber-oriented perfumes to be too much of a good thing, almost over-satisfying. In Burnt Amber I found a balance that makes it at once luxurious and impeccably wearable. Burnt Amber may seem at first like nothing new – the idea of marrying the smokiness of burning incense resins with rich sticky balsams has been explored before (for instance: Ambre Sultan, Ambre Narguille).

The main difference is that Burnt Amber this actually works. Perfectly. The notes in Burnt Amber blend convincingly, creating an illusionary world where sweetness is dry and smoke is moist… In one breath, oozing honey, balsams, labdanum and storax crystallize themselves into incense resins burning with thick, lung-invading smoke that uplifts the spirits and hugs the heart.

Burnt Amber is one of Neil Morris’ vault perfumes, which are only available in person (not even through his website just as yet…), and is the second perfume he co-created with Ida Meister (known to most as by her Hebrew name Chaya Ruchama). Ida tells me that she insisted on the inclusion of a plum blossom note; and while I cannot quite recognize such note (in all honesty, I don’t recall ever smelling plum trees in bloom), I do experience some wine-like fruitiness that is not overtly artificial like most fruity notes tend to be nowadays… Burnt Amber is more than just a comfort scent – it’s a feel-good perfume. I’ve worn it even during a flue yet I can still enjoy wearing it now that I’m in good health. It has about it an extravagant simplicity that can take you confidentially from the red carpet to that dirty sheepskin by your fireplace (or anywhere else where you like to just kick back and relax with no glamorous pretences).

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At March 05, 2008 3:49 AM, Blogger chayaruchama said...

Fewer things could give more pleasure, than to know how much you're enjoying this...

It's a joy to share-
And a link, too, between two people.

I believe that it's actually tricky to create a good amber that will stand out in one's memory as distinct.
I'm thrilled that you perceive its ability to dress-up, or kick back !

I confess that, in my daily life, my favorite things are those that combine beauty with utility-
No need to fuss, or adjust, or change.

[Many years ago, as small boys, my sons asked this telling question:

"Mama- is it possible for a woman to be beautiful and comfortable at the same time ?"

To which Mama replied, " Yes- but it's not always easy"...]

Perfume in which to be both beautiful and comfortable .

You do that wonderfully.

At March 14, 2008 4:53 AM, Blogger Scentman said...

Hi Ayala!

I want to thank you so much for your exquisite review of Burnt Amber! I'm sorry it took me so long to post this, life has been hectic!

Are you going to the Sniffa event in April? I would love to see you and thank you in person!



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