It’s so lovely to see you for the first time in new year 2014! Once again I wanted to start a year with a perfume that is special to me – hope you don’t mind it’s Prada, just like one year ago.
First official mentions about plans of Prada to release this perfume, a flanker to 2006’s Prada Amber Pour Homme appeared in early February 2011. Back then I was still an amateur perfumista, owning only two flasks of fragrance. I didn’t know yet what a flanker was and I wasn’t aware of niche offerings those days. But my love for Prada already existed. The announcement of Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense made me ultra excited, anything that was made by Prada and anything that had my beloved Amber Pour Homme in its name was so appealing to me. I just knew I couldn’t live without that perfume. I had to had it!
Saying that I wanted it was one thing, making a move to buy it was a second thing. As easy as it seems it turned out that Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense was extremely hard to get here where I live. You must be wondering why and I’m going to give you an answer. You see, this new Prada release never became officially available in Poland. None of the stationary perfumeries like Sephora or Douglas had it in their offer. What more, when asked, sales assistant didn’t even know that such perfume existed. Few months after launching first bottles started making it to the Poland-based online perfume shops. Unfortunately the price was too steep for me, a beginner student of 1st year.
For the time being I had no other choice but to give up on Amber Pour Homme Intense by Prada. Of course I was sad because of that. Losing it without even trying it was a bit depressing. The lucky coin flipped the good side up one day and in December 2011, practically 10 months since the moment of introduction of this new fragrance I was lucky to find it at one of the online retailers and at a discount price (-50%) – only few pieces were available. Without much thinking I purchased it, at the same time committing the first perfume blind-buy of my life.
The bottle has arrived within 5 days. The outer box had a Saffiano texture in a light grey color. On the packaging there were 2 logos of Prada – one printed on box and one on a small piece of canvas. I was happy because Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense was mine. The scent turned out to be bewitching. I quickly fallen for its elegant charm and I wore this perfume exclusively for a month.
Amber Pour Homme Intense opens with a bright and brisk bergamot. There’s also something slightly acidic about the note, which, by the way, fades away within a few minutes and evolves into something more nocturnal. When bergamot fades away it’s myrrh that takes the dominating part. As much as I generally don’t get along with myrrh I love this note in the Prada. It doesn’t have sharp edges and doesn’t give a burnt plastic sensation. It’s just pure grains of resin that melt in heat. In this perfume myrrh is tender and balsamic, soft yet charismatic. As the time flies the accord becomes weaker and then, after 40 minutes there’s a seamless transition from myrrh to patchouli.
In most situations the smell of patchouli makes me think of abandoned graveyard. Here, in Amber Pour Homme Intense the note is crafted with more of a woody manner with just a hint of earth noticeable. Moreover, the patchouli is just a prelude to the key-note of the Prada composition. The amber accord appears 1 hour after application and it marks the beginning of a heat-up phase of this perfume. Amber is bold and luminous here while vanilla is responsible for adding the oriental character and a tiny bit of sweetness that fits in perfectly at this point, at 1,5 hours.
The real fever of senses begins once saffron and tonka bean chords appear from the depths of Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense. Saffron, the red-gold brings a fierce and sophisticated spiciness to the fragrant blend. Because of it the perfume is multi-dimensional. Tonka bean makes the spicy tones more discreet, kind of covering them with its own creaminess. This effect is continued with a smooth aroma of sandalwood, woody and almost milky. Here the further development is inhibited, Prada is now in full swing and the notes entwine with each other, playing a game between lust, sanity and pleasure. Oh what a treat for senses. So irresistible.
It takes almost two more hours (so it’s now almost 4h in total) before Amber Pour Homme Intense continues to develop. The drydown that slowly starts to appear is smoky thanks to labdanum, there’s also an interesting leather accord that possesses the characteristic dye vibe. There’s also slightly animalic, sweaty musk that adds the masculine element to the blend. This very musk plays a double role because in the later drydown (and that happens after 6 hours) it somehow changes and together with orange blossom and geranium they create the elegant, clean and soapy feeling.
This part of the Intense fragrance is a definite resemblance to the original Amber Pour Homme from 2006. They both share the luxurious aspect of a highest quality barbershop soap. Elegance and chic are undeniable. But if both scents share just a small piece of their identity, should Amber Pour Homme Intense be treated like a flanker? To me they’re two totally different fragrances that happen to have a part of their bases in common. Intense is darker, more alluring and daring. It suggests a night-time wear to a club but still in fashionable outfit that is offered by the original.
Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense inherited the outstanding longevity from the predecessor. It lasts for 8 hours minimum. In my case it’s usually 12 hours, sometimes more. The sillage is more open and vibrant comparing to Amber Pour Homme, in the end both finish staying closer to the skin. The perfume was composed by Daniela Roche-Andrier in 2011 and it’s an eau de parfum. It is available in 50 and 100ml flacons with a regular atomizer as well as in 100ml flasks with a bulb sprayer. The bottle takes its design from the predecessor but the glass is deep black.
If you seek for sophistication, elegance, style and at the same time you want something more daring and of high quality, this Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense is a fragrance is for you!