I’m not about slut shaming, but when it comes to perfume, anyone who knows me will attest that I… get around. I love the idea of having one signature scent, but when I find a new fragrance that captures my imagination, I get obsessed quickly. Call me manic; I’d rather compare myself to a puppy bounding through the woods, excited by all the new smells.
In the name of financial responsibility, I try to give myself three months before buying a perfume to think about it, test it out and confirm that it’s not just a fling. Although Tom Ford’s Black Orchid has been my mainstay for the last two years, I’ve had my eye on another scent for a while: L’Eau d’Ambre Extrême from L’Artisan Parfumeur. A similarly smell-obsessed friend gave me a tester, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I hate a fragrance that dissipates within an hour of applying it, and this one is strong and warm and lingers on your clothes until you decide to wash them. Unlike designer perfumes that incorporate what seems like dozens of ingredients into one highly recognizable spritz, this baby has just three components: amber, vanilla and “fresh spices.” Minimalism in the perfume department makes a scent simultaneously distinctive and anonymous, chic in the same way that a handbag devoid of labels is.
At $120 for the smallest size (50 ml.), Ambre Extrême would be the most I’ve ever dropped on a bottle. But something tells me it’s worth it.
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