Nobile 1942 is one of the niche perfume houses of Italy. Established in 1942 it has been bringing new olfactory experiences to our noses and even nowadays the brand is still alive and doing really good. Nobile 1942 makes perfumery in old fashioned way. All the essences are obtained with natural methods like filtering or distillation. Bottling, labeling and packaging are also done by hand. No automation! That’s the real art. Every perfume has an originality certifying seal.
Ambra Nobile is the one that I focused my attention on. At the brand’s website it is says that Ambra Nobile evokes “nights for happy lovers are bright and brief” inebriated by the aphrodisiac perfume of amber, combined with the warm, citrusy, resin notes of labdanum, the liquorice notes of Helichrysum, whose leaves shine in the sun like gold (“golden leaf”), the “manly” tobacco hints of the Tonka bean, and a slight, delicate sandalwood finish as the calm after the olfactory storm.
On my skin Nobile 1942 Ambra Nobile starts with a very woody manner. The raw smell of woody splinters opens this composition almost hurting my hands and my nose with the sharp edges. Shortly all the woody blades become blunt and rounded because tonka bean appears and smoothes the composition. This note is a carrier of warm and spicy smell, with lots of creamy softness that so often accompanies tonka. Ambra Nobile is now smooth and it’s also balmy, giving a dense but enveloping feeling to the one who wears the perfume. The actual amber appears 15-20 minutes after application.
You know that it appears the moment you notice an increasing warmth beaming from the spots where the perfume was applied on your skin. Ambra Nobile‘s amber is soft, mellow like a top class Merino wool. You can hug it, squeeze it and you can never get enough of it. And when a sandalwood appears your world can literally change about 180 degrees. Kafka, dear, this is the real sandalwood!
Smooth, polished and a bit sensual, with a woody feeling to it – that’s the sandalwood that I really love and appreciate and it’s here, right in front of my nose, in form of Ambra Nobile. The woodiness in provides is additionally highlighted with a use of cedar from Virginia, which has a little bit sweaty and resinous finish. Plus there’s also a woody vetiver, my favorite one. What’s not to like!?
45 minutes into fragrance development all the woody notes lose their edge and they start to act more like aromatic perfume ingredients, now rising the volume of the perfume with couple of more inches. Some time later a surprising sweetness appears from underneath of this Nobile 1942 perfume. Couple of wafts allow to detect orange blossom as well as bergamot. The sweet feeling they give is not foody and it’s not gourmant. It’s just sweet sweet. At 1,5 hour mark I smelled immortelle. Happily the note didn’t bother me. It smelled kind of like hay, at some level it reminded me of warm sand, there was also a cherry syrup element to it.
In the drydown there was also labdanum and patchouli which together gave spicy and warm feeling to the scent. I’ve had a sample of Ambra Nobile in a samples drawer for almost a year and I didn’t know that it’s such a lovely, shiny gemstone of Italian perfumery. This perfume absolutely deserves more attention and praise. If I ever decide on having more that 1 amber in my collection, I would probably go for the one by Nobile 1942. You should give this scent a try! Seriously!
Nobile 1942 Ambra Nobile was crafted by Marie Duchene. This fragrance is concentrated at the level of eau de parfum and is available in simple 100ml bottles. There’s also an extrait version, or estratto in Italian available in a beautiful bottle you can see on the left. Year of the perfume release – 2010. The fragrance lasted on me for like 10 hours and it had a great sillage, flying at least 3-4 inches above the skin.