The warm glow in the dark
I once heard someone say: Night is actually the same as day, only there is not so much light. And somehow that somebody was right, even if it was only said with a wink This can almost be transferred to this fragrance, because here, light and darkness are played with very skilfully.
Whoever knows me a little bit here also knows that I have some distinct aversions to scents. Especially when there is too much of certain scent components, when it is overloaded and the scent even goes in the direction of a penetrant monster So I almost scream when a scent seems too strictly animalistic, when it smells like a stable or a complete wild animal park, or when I turn up my nose at too much leather, I always have the association of a worn out bag. Oud is also often a red cloth for me, if it smells of dung or disinfectant, I am lost in a cloud of dust on the horizon These are of course only my personal feelings. And then, however, one realizes from time to time, oh there are exceptions! No, but something like that. It is worthwhile to look beyond one's own nose. And what do I care about the stuff from the day before yesterday?
Usually I also take my time to comment on scents and you can get into the nettles if you hit a wrong nerve or if you didn't get to know a scent well enough and present wrong facts.
But here too I make an exception, because this fragrance told me a lot and I listened.
I recently came into possession of a sample of Frau Neuffer's latest creation.
The name already told me something through mentions here, but the fragrances were completely unknown to me except for one, which I also tested recently and which I unfortunately did not like.
So I curiously tried Per Fumum: Ambar and what can I say: I think he is great! It combines some fragrance components, which I actually don't like at all, in a most appealing way. I recognize depth, I recognize darkness, I recognize a lot of herb, I recognize the living being that gives the fragrance a soul, I recognize warmth and a radiance that appeals to me from the deepest inside.
When I explore the component on which Ambar is built, it is that animal scent component that seems most accessible to me. The ambergris, which also lends classic chypre fragrances their warm and golden heart, the animal component, which seems to me to be the most sympathetic and does not deter me in fragrances as much as other animal substances.
Ambar opens herbsweet and warm spicy, here it still looks quite bright at the beginning, but the dark direction is already well visible.
Smoky notes of tobacco are quickly added to ensure that the scent does not become too sweet and it becomes increasingly darker. Flowery notes I can hardly smell out, that's good too, I think that would have been a bit disturbing. And here only the harsh extracts have been used, because the anyway quite light sweetness is no longer present.
Associations of a warming campfire late at night by the sea come up in me. Yes, a light sea breeze is also floating along, which intensifies this breath of sea a little bit Towards the base, ambergris, patchouli, a hint of oud and a dash of labdanum underline the dark, tart but warming character. The burning wood is of noble nature and represents a fixed point in the dark environment.
But Ambar doesn't really seem sinister to me. And the scent is not of a loud nature, it is present, it is perceived but it does not strike, it is not a primordial force He is for me the warm glow that lights up a dark night. The scent is harsh and smoky, but it is not harsh and biting, but wraps up protectively. The creature in his soul has a warm heart and softens the fragrance He holds on to me for about 8 hours until he gently slips back into the dark.
For me personally, Per Fumum: Ambar is a really successful fragrance, which surprises me in the most pleasant way and is really very wearable. For me it fits best to very special occasions in the evening and in this cold and rather uncomfortable season it shows to advantage
My big thanks go to dear 0815abc, who made it possible for me to get to know and appreciate this jewel!