Collection Classique

Ambre Russe 2005

Ambre Russe by Parfum d'Empire
Bottle Design Bel Epok
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7.8 / 10 329 Ratings
Ambre Russe is a popular perfume by Parfum d'Empire for women and men and was released in 2005. The scent is spicy-leathery. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.
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Spicy
Leathery
Oriental
Resinous
Sweet

Fragrance Notes

AmbergrisAmbergris VodkaVodka CinnamonCinnamon FrankincenseFrankincense MuskMusk CorianderCoriander TeaTea ChampagneChampagne Birch woodBirch wood Cade juniper woodCade juniper wood Russian leatherRussian leather

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7.8329 Ratings
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8.3256 Ratings
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7.4248 Ratings
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7.5209 Ratings
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7.253 Ratings
Submitted by DeGe53, last update on 26.03.2024.
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The fragrance is part of the "Collection Classique" collection.

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Camey5000

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Camey5000
Top Review 21  
My Amber Number 16
Parfum d'Empire - Ambre Russe

MI6 - London

Curiosity is a delicate task when it comes to questioning the internal workings of an Empire. We have not yet had a case to solve politically. The specifications are encrypted in such a way that you would need an Enigma machine, as usual in the secret service, or you would have to install the decryption module, Switzerland Chropty or similar yourself, as usual, and have direct access to the most secretive secrets via German-American channels. Was the Rubicon crossed here?

We're being set up to track down Ambre Russe. The name alone makes us skeptical. We read Russian, but French. Which power has the trump'f here?

Clearly we are to be deceived with champagne and vodka, but the thought of simple plum, slivovitz from the Balkans, comes to mind. We do not discover champagne. Only schnapps.

Contemporary fake ?

With adhesive plasters we are stuck for a long time in strong animalism, pungent cumin and coriander and wait. Waiting up to two hours to get on with the investigation. We are presented with brown mists of serenity.

But finally dawns up: a friendly laughing brown, like from nutshells. The adhesive plaster is removed and we discover a strong tobacco scent. American Virginia Shag, finely cut and sweetened. And honey and leather
We are now quite close to the solution of our case and allow ourselves a break in Madame Lablanche's antechamber, on elegant leather cushions. Polished suede is accompanied by creamy, soft ambergris and subtle musk from the Frankfurt bull. A slightly flowery sweetness of caramel and vanilla gives us the taste of the crispy bread rolls, delicately underlaid with political incense. The background noise is not the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. It is a fine room fragrance of delicate sweetness, which we still hold in our hands after hours. As the sum of the secrets of Parfum d!Empire.

Real champagne, with the sign of the Gallic Rooster and vodka from the Russian Bear is now a pleasure for us.

À la Vôtre.

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Taurus

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Taurus
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On the Trans-Siberian Railway
With Ambre Russe, the concept of reviving the old Russian tsarist empire olfactorically has been finely honed. Vodka, champagne, coriander, tea and leather are definitely a perfect match. Instead of champagne, Crimean sparkling wine could also have been used, which was produced exclusively for the tsar's court at the time, but champagne just sounds more noble and was probably more popular with Russian aristocrats at the time.

The beginning is relatively boozy, with the vodka shining through a little more intensely, but the eponymous amber is more dominant with gentle, warm and slightly chocolaty nuances and blends perfectly with the cinnamon, leather and incense. Vanilla, on the other hand, makes an extremely timid appearance.

If you reflect on your impressions while wearing the fragrance, you will find yourself olfactorily sitting on a leather bench in a well-heated, cozy compartment of the Trans-Siberian Railway. A toast is raised with sparkling champagne and topped off with vodka. The Russian rice dish plov is served on small plates with a pinch of coriander and cumin. Hot water is prepared from a samovar for the fragrant black tea, which is served in glasses in a podstakannik, an ornate metal holder with a handle.
Amber can be heard from the corridor and incense emanates from the robe of an accompanying Orthodox cleric.
Trubochkis, small vanilla crescents with a little cinnamon, are offered for dessert. The fascinating vast landscape of Siberia passes by the train window and you can sense the icy cold, but it's nice and cozy in the compartment.

All in all, I think the Ambre Russe is excellently created. It really fits in with the theme if you transport yourself back to the Russia of the Tsarist era and more or less let the above-mentioned scenario pass in your mind. At least then you have a really appealing amber variant, whether with or without a Russian connection.
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MiaTrost

9 Reviews
MiaTrost
MiaTrost
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An almost perfect take on amber
Ambre Russe is supposed to be an opulent tribute to the flamboyant spledour of imperial Russia. Images of blaze and glory, champagne and vodka are portrayed on Parfums d’Empire’s site. Albeit, how the latter is supposed to smell is beyond me, for vodka of high quality is characterised by absence of smell amongst others. The also referenced scent of tea brewing in a samovar in a cosy dacha, melding with flavours of herbs, spices and leather, pictures a rustic side to it. Whether those stereotypes appeal to you or not, they do imply a contrasting theme.

Ambre Russe’s boozy beginning features a herbal, slightly medicinal facet and constitutes a captivating impression – opinions differ on this opening without doubt. Swiftly amber tunes in as undercurrent and initially presents itself a tad too pale for my liking. Presumably this is ambergris’ doing, although I know it to bring about luminous charisma rather than being feeble. However, all is made up for as the scent further unfolds. A smoky element emerges with a dusty incense nuance and plays cleverly at a dry side, thereby attaining refinement. Glances of that boozy-medicinal facet counteract intriguingly, making for a sleek and accomplished contrast.
Whilst the amber morphs into a more profound appearance, it keeps the parched spices and herbal character. Compared to other ambers, its herbal trait is less opaque than it is in Ambre Sultan and Ambre Précieux is more luscious. However, when the leather comes into the picture, mingling exquisitely with the incense, Ambre Russe becomes a seamless and rather sophisticated composition and eventually does play off that smouldering note of vanilla-sweet.

Ambre Russe features a brilliantly polished contrast of succulent and dry. It is elegant and despite its complexity never excessive. I do love its finesse and ingenuity and if it was not for that pale interlude, it would be a perfect take on amber in my book.
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7.5
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7.5
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WRoth

154 Reviews
WRoth
WRoth
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Ambre Russe
This fragrance opens with sweet aroma of resins and spices. Amber and leather accords are at the base of this opulent composition. The leather accord is particularly dominant in the early stages of the scent, its dark and animal features remind me of Cuir Mauresque, but it is more delicate than the Serge Lutens. After roughly one and a half hour the leather accord slowly vanishes. As the incense, spices and powdery notes retire, a rich amber accord gains prominence. Its perfectly balanced sweet and salty nature defines the heart of the fragrance, creating a very pleasant and modern olfactory experience. Sadly the main accord loses a lot of its initial power as it develops, after four hours the whole fragrance disappears with a honeyed whisper of nutty amber.
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Kurai

375 Reviews
Kurai
Kurai
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Still waiting for that amber
Well, the diversity in this perfume's reviews is extreme. Mostly on the positive side, but it seems people's scent impressions are all over the spectrum. Either this one simply has a different effect on everyone's skin and nose or it has undergone a couple of revisions over time. So I just couldn't resist to stoke the confusion a bit further.

Ambre Russe has a lively opening. There's supposed to be a boozy aspect here - wodka? champagne? - but I guess that already fleeted before it even hit my skin. Instead, I get a strong leather accord. A rough, birch-tar type of leather. Coriander seeds give the whole a dusty, dry structure. From then onward it is this leather-coriander combination, where the leather seems to settle down and the coriander remains the most active. When sniffed up close, I get more nuances. A tiny bit of cumin and a little smokiness that is closer to tea than to incense. Eventually the leather settles down into a smooth but animalic type. The coriander seeds are of the stubborn type and take a few hours to fade out.

I do not get any ambery impression at all. This scent is not warm and glowing gold. It is dusty dry and at times even cold, especially in the first few hours. This coldness may very well be from the ambergris, which I feel is more a component of the leather accord. Actually, I find this characteristic highly enjoyable. I just anticipated something completely different.

And then.. way into the drydown. In one word Glorious! Finally, and I mean 6-8 hours into the experience, the whole warms up. I mean literally, as soon as temperature levels go up, a whopping golden-brown halo appears from behind this ambergris-coriander curtain. It appears it just needed some body heat. Bits of spice and smoke continue to come and go. Delicious, really.

This will be a certain addition to my collection. Highly recommended for a winter evening.
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RazvanykeRazvanyke 6 months ago
10
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8
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9
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10
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Amazing scent, reminding me of Tobacco Oud Intense. I believe it is animalic enough for my taste with a boozy&tobacco vibe. Bottle Worthy
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PalmhaPalmha 22 days ago
10
Scent
To (and on) me this is musk and ambergris with booze and spice floating around. Leather and incense supporting. Classy, slightly animalic.
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MeliponeMelipone 1 year ago
Has this been reformulated? This is nice but what I get from my new sample seems quite far from a "huge amber" as from Turin's 2008 review!
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GeorgemanGeorgeman 1 year ago
A perfume that feels like it's from the old school. Very good. Beautiful amber after a light smoky introduction. For a special occasion.
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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 2 years ago
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8.5
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Initially juicy and aromatic spicy-boozy, a smooth and creamy oriental spicy-sweet Winter fragrance, on a warm and musky spicy-leathery base
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