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Prada L’Eau Ambrée

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Prada L’Eau Ambrée, an Oriental floral launched in 2009, comes out of the bottle as a delicate citrus waft of mandarin and citron, a light floating veil of scent that waves back and forth, as if controlled by an unseen hand.  Sometimes I smell it, and sometimes I don’t. As the citrus notes fade away, a perfectly-blended floral accord takes their place– listed notes are rose de mai and gardenia jasminoide – which has a lush hothouse feeling, but with a restrained sweetness. I catch the sweet note, but as soon as I sniff for it again, it’s gone, replaced by a slightly salty green note, like grasses and leaves sprayed with sea-water. It’s the amber coming up, with a salty animalic ambergris twist.
And the amber develops to perfection! Still with an almost transparent quality, and graced with opoponax and patchouli leaves as basenotes, L’Eau Ambrée becomes a delicious second skin, but is a scent that is so understated  and subtle that at some moments it’s hard to tell which skin is mine and which is Prada’s! The fragrance at this point has a faint sweetness and a dry warmth which gives it a texture like silk velvet, and as I waft my hand under my nose enjoying this powdery softness, I randomly pick up distinct notes of smoky single-malt scotch, creamy caramel, and lightly sanded wood. L’Eau Ambrée is decidedly subtle and transparent, but has such a dynamic complexity at its core, which is I think is testament to the true artistry of Daniela Andrier.
I’ll describe L’Eau Ambrée as luminous – subtle but luminous. Because its sillage is so quiet, it’s a perfume that you wear just for your own private pleasure, it’s just for you to enjoy, not for anyone else. Unless, of course, you want them to. That’s a powerful feeling, and that’s what amber is about.
Notes: Amber, mandarin, citron, rose de mai, gardenia jasminoide, opoponax, patchouli leaves.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Daniela Roche Andrier

Price: $5.00