It’s our first meeting in 2013! I wanted to start a new year in a very special way so I decided to write a review of a fragrance that is dear and special to me. Enjoy and have a most wonderful 2013!
When I encountered Prada Amber Pour Homme for the first time in my life it was in 2006. I just bacame a high-school student and with my friend we went on a tour to Poznań to see a movie and do some shopping. Without any reason we dropped by Sephora. Prada Amber Pour Homme was a new fragrance then, gloriously displayed in the visible place. I knew that Prada is one of the most valued fashion labels in the world so I gave it a try. I instantly fell in love with this perfume but couldn’t afford it. During 3 years of high-school I was tutoring and earned some money. In 2009 when I graduated from high-school I bought my first perfume, Prada Amber Pour Homme to celebrate the graduation. That’s how my adventure in the perfume world began.
Amber Pour Homme was the first male fragrance created for the house of Prada. Daniela Roche-Andrier (Givaudan) was a perfumer who was asked to create the perfume. She created Amber Pour Homme basing it on four accords: amber, fougere, cologne and leather. To make Amber Pour Homme an exceptional perfume that suits the style of Prada, the granddaughter of the founder, Miuccia Prada took part in creating of this perfume. To me the most elegant perfume was crafted.
Prada Amber Pour Homme opens with a vivacious, spiced saffron slightly sweetened by gentle touch of vanilla. Very shortly after spraying the fragrance becomes warm and balmy. Myrrh is quite powerful in Prada but it’s neither cloying nor plastic. It’s kind of smoky in character and accompaniment of geranium makes it just more fresh and crispy. Labdanum adds more spicy tone to it. Leather blends perfectly with musk giving a sensation of not smelling leather but rather soft and delicate suede that embraces the wearer.
Around 30 minutes from application aromatic and citrus notes of Prada Amber Pour Homme come forth. I could smell some mandarin orange, neroli, bergamot and orange blossom together with light woodiness provided by sandalwood and probably vetiver. Cardamom is also pretty nice here giving some kind of pinching sensation. Tonka bean add light sweetness and if I’m not wrong – patchouli makes this stage smarter and more sophisticated. Later on leather makes a comeback now smelling more like a leather than suede but still it’s rather light and well-mannered.
When Prada Amber Pour Homme reaches its final stage it mostly smells very clean and it evokes a feeling of a man who has just taken a shower. Many fragrance lovers, including me associate this smell with a fine, handmade soap, probably one used in the past at barbershop for shaving and grooming. I know that there are people that say they like the fragrance on the whole but they just don’t like the soapy phase. I say if they don’t like the smell of it – then they don’t like Prada Amber Pour Homme at all. To me this perfume is enjoyable on the whole, from the very first minute to the last one. Actually the soapy aspect is my favourite here. It is so good!
Initially when I smelled Prada Amber Pour Homme and thought what kind of guy this smell represents I thought that it is a perfect match for a smart clothes, evening time preferably. But as I spent more time with my bottle I realized that it goes well with casual outfit too. It pairs with jeans cotton t-shirt and a jacket. But I still think that Prada Amber Pour Homme doesn’t like a sporty style. This fragrance is too chic for that! Don’t know how about you but I find the Prada suitable for a year round wear, still I use it more often in winter and early spring.
The bottle is another feature that makes Prada Amber Pour Homme special to me. Its simple yet elegant design has an undeniable charm. Square bottle is made of transparent glass and it holds a metal plate listing main notes of the scent (French labdanum, Indonesian patchouli, cardamom from Guatemala, Spanish saffron, suede) Under a shiny cap there’s a sprayer, slightly closer to the right. You may find the sprayer location difficult to use for the first time but it’s easy to get used to it. Now after having in for over 3 years my bottle is nearly empty. I will be buying a backup bottle of Prada Amber Pour Homme in early 2013. It’s the perfume that will always have a special place in my collection. I can’t imagine not having it anymore in my wardrobe.
Best efforts were put into creating this first male fragrance for Prada. Its quality is amazing, all essences used to craft this perfume are top quality and your nose will definitely notice I’m right. Longevity of Prada Amber Pour Homme is outstanding – it stays around for more than 10 hours and you really don’t need to spray a lot because the fragrance is quite strong and concentrated. 2-3 sprays are enough to last through all day. Prada Amber Pour Homme is available in many different sizes starting from 10 ml travel spray, then we have 50 ml bottle (glass), 75 ml bottle (metal) and 100 ml bottle (glass). Grooming products and coffrets are also available. In my opinion it’s one of the most wonderful fragrances in mainstream perfumery. It’s been taken out of the stores in Poland so it kind of turned into “niche in mainstream” scent. I will never forget it. It has changed my life.