Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Scent of The Moment: Prada Amber pour Homme

I love fragrances - i adore smell in general and most people around me know that i often have half a dozen fragrances at all times so i can treat my olfactory cells to contrasting scent-sational thrills every now and then. So now my latest addition is the amazing Prada Amber pour Homme. I first purchase this fragrance back in 2007, on my first trip to Paris with a close friend, we both fell in love with the fragrance we ended up both buying the same fragrance - which i had never done before. Now i have a new bottle ah joie...Prada Amber Pour Homme released in 2006 was the first men fragrance from the house of Prada. It was developed by perfumer Daniela Andrier. The notes include bergamot, mandarin, neroli, cardamom, geranium, vetiver, orange blossom, myrrh, nirvanolide musk, labdanum, sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla, saffron, patchouli and leather. This scent is most certainly not as amber-y as the name would have you believe, if at all, but it is a very well-blended and mixed - does not transform all that much, smells expensive and unique. It's very hard to identify the individual notes in this fragrance, and yes it does have a synthetic feel if overapplied, and yes it definately smells like soap, but the kind of soap an average person (e.g. me) wouldnt be able to afford or even know where to buy it. Another big plus with Amber is that it will not change with your skin chemistry. It is soapy, and very thick, like a blanket of some sort with great longevity, but you are not going to get the 'on my skin it smells like turpentine and lilies' type of thing. It is authentic yet a bit synthetic, chic yet a bit loud, rich yet a bit cloying, masculine yet a bit unusual. It is minimalist, on point and direct - will most likely not be a crowd-pleaser, but this is just like Prada's male clothing, or their whole masculine philosophy: Exclusive and slightly elusive with their image as what a Prada man should be. And this scent captures that. Also makes for an excellent scent for the workplace. It stays close to the skin and is warm, and "clean". It is unique and classy with an amazing sillage without being too loud, the opening to drydown is tightly knit, and you never get the feeling that you smell like the other three guys in the elevator...

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