Finally, after quite a time since a lemming was born I managed to collect a lovely golden-like sample of this fragrance. My visits to swap thread at group perfume shopping part of wizaz.pl forum really paid off. I was so excited that I will try and evaluate a sample of Hermes L’Ambre des Merveilles!
Before I sprayed Hermes L’Ambre des Merveilles for the first time I kind of thought it would be quite powerful and potent scent. The fact that it was created by Hermes in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, who is a master of light-hearted fragrances, flew off my mind. First spritz of the fragrant juice reminded me of this thing as L’Ambre des Merveilles is absolutely Ellena style.
L’Ambre des Merveilles starts off with light ambery notes of a very mild character. The diffusing scent is very comforting and embracing. After some short amount of time amber is suppored by vanilla. It adds warmth to the scent and gives a feeling of safety. It has some ultimate cosiness of a plush, fluffy blanket. I also couldn’t escape from thought that vanilla makes L’Ambre des Merveilles kind of a gourmand, edible perfume. For the moment I have to admit Ellena did great job with this perfume.
In later drydown this amber scent by Hermes undergoes an evolution. Its happy fluffiness becomes a little bit more dramatic and covered by shadows. Somehow dusty and dusky side of perfume is revealed when evil labdanum gets more intensively pronounced. It’s still amazingly enjoyable but a little bit less cozy for the moment. Patchouli which is a final note in L’Ambre des Merveilles prolongs the dusty feeling and it adds some dirty feeling to the scent. I would love patchouli if it always smelled like this one here. It’s covered by always existent amber in such a wonderful way.
The smell of ambery tones is one of my favourite olfactive experiences during winter months. It’s always cozy and comforting like it was a warm and safe blanket to cuddle with. For the last few weeks we were having a thaw in Poland and it’s not much cold outside. L’Ambre des Merveilles does pretty well in these conditions but I’m looking forward to some lower temperatures to see if it can smell even more gorgeous when it’s colder. I think it can surprise me then.
Ellena, as usual, did more of an ethereal scent rather than a fume bomb. For tests I was using two sprays each time and it was really quiet with a minimal sillage. I think L’Ambre des Merveilles is meant to be sprayed generously so don’t be afraid to use few more shots next time you’ll be applying. Now I’m absolutely not surprised how Birgit from Olfactoria’s Travels drenched her bottle in such short time. This scent is in EdP concentration and is available in 50 ml and 100 ml bottles. Speaking of the bottle, isn’t in gorgeous? Golden-like juice, golden ring around the round glass flacon and this sparklin dust printed on it. So magical. It’s hard not to fall in love with this perfume.