Since 1996 in Rome, Italy there’s a perfume house – Profumum Roma, or Profvmvm Roma as the brand tends to use the form with v instead of u. Not widely known, it is one neglected and quite underrated niche fragrance designer. It’s a good thing that Profvmvm Roma doesn’t get much hype as it makes the fragrances more unique and special for those who tried them or own a flacon or two.
Fiore d’Ambra or Fiori d’Ambra, as I have met with these two versions of writing the name of this one perfume is one of the two amber-centered fragrances from Profvmvm Roma, the other one being Ambra Aurea. Fragrances from this specific perfume house have a couple of interesting things. One of them is that each fragrance only has 3-4 notes listed. Taking into consideration that they’re quite complex one can argue if the notes given are everything that the perfume contains or if there’s something more we don’t know about. No matter what’s the answer to that question. Nothing can change the fact that Profvmvm scents are solid made.
Profvmvm Roma Fiore d’Ambra gives me a welcome with a beautiful amber, a key note of this composition. It’s dense and thick but at the same time there’s something puffy and fluffy in it. This amber is warm, cosy and embracing. It has the minimal mineral quality which adds more character to it but generally speaking it’s one amber to wrap around your neck and fly away to Dreamland.
Just 10 minutes later a new aroma appears behind the amber and my nose is certain that it smells vanilla, which is not listed in the notes. It brings even more fluffiness to Fiore d’Ambra and it makes it a little bit more edible, sensual and easy to wear. In this form this Profvmvm is very appealing and it smells absolutely mesmerizing with the golden amber and custardy vanilla. So far the feeling is creamy and light, floating gently couple of inches above the skin.
On 30 minutes mark Fiore d’Ambra starts to shift. The fluffy creaminess of amber and vanilla become quiet for the sake of opium that appears next. Opium introduces a short moment of floral quality to the perfume but it disappears in a glimpse of an eye bringing much more desired balmy feeling. This hypnotic substance from poppy flowers change Profvmvm into a balmy and more resinous fragrance. Thick and somehow sticky but absolutely not cloying. Later on even something more animalic appears in the composition. Like a mix of dirty musk, sweat with a light yet noticeable oud undertone.
Were I to compare Fiore d’Ambra at the very moment to a thing that I know I would without much thinking give you an answer – it makes me think of thick and sticky, golden honey. Imagine honey river lazily flowing through the land full of resins, some trees and moss. The latter one – I really seem to smell the note of oakmoss in the deep parts of Fiore d’Ambra.
Later on, at the end of 1st hour spicy accords appear in this Profvmvm Roma fragrance. Together they bring quite dry feeling so I think of dry spices such as pepper, coriander, cardamom, even cinnamon. When I mix them with the honeyed amber I obtain a dense, spicy and aromatic batter containing all the wealth of Mother Earth. The longer I wear this fragrance the more I get the feeling like I was smelling the roasted nuts, think hazelnuts and walnuts.
When I reached the last minutes of hour 2, Fiore d’Ambra was already a fully developed fragrance and it remained practically unchanged for another 10 hours, lasting a total 12 hours before I took a shower and went to bed. After a couple of hours its volume went down and it became a delicious skinscent – earlier it had a lovely, perfect sillage.
The only information about the creators that I’ve found is that Fiore d’Ambra was developed by Durante Family. It’s eau de parfum concentrated and it appears on the perfume market in 100ml bottles only. Their price tag is quite high but it can be easily explained by the fact that Profvmvm Roma fragrances contain above 40% of perfume essential oils. That’s why many of their perfumes have intensively colored juice and there’s an oily layer on your skin after you spray them and after the alcohol effuses.