Dark, labdanum-rich amber with rose and incense.
$7.00 – $100.00
Dusky labdanum is at the heart of this rich and sultry scent, with cedar and sandalwood in the base and subtle deep rose weaving between the woods. Accents of smoky agarwood, light incense, dry vetiver, and soft leather complete the composition. For those who enjoy the dark side of amber.
Our founder loves labdanum and wanted Ambre Noir to highlight labdanum in the context of a dark, rich, woodsy, and smooth amber perfume. Working with labdanum absolute is a delight to the senses; it’s a thick golden substance with a wonderful musky, woodsy, amber aroma. She held the vanilla in Ambre Noir to a minimum and added interest and complexity to the labdanum with woods, incense, moss, and subtle leather.
Release Notes: Released August 2008. Reformulated in May 2009 with low atranol natural oakmoss in place of the original oakmoss.
11 reviews for Ambre Noir
The listed rose, patchouli, vetiver, cedarwood and clove are extremely well proportioned and blended. They seem to add density to the overall composition more than anything else….and it works splendidly.
Amber is neither too sweet nor too bitter. It leads us to neither the masculine nor feminine olfactory mindspace. It is, simply put, the most human of all the smells used in perfumery. It is rich and dark, but also smooth and warm, like human skin… Comforting, luminous, neither male nor female, but exceptionally sensual as well.
The affair with Ambre Noir was first love at first sniff, the scent fits to the skin as a comfortable coat produced with the softest wool, wearing me and warming me against cold days. A dense aroma but so close to the skin as it was the natural smell of my body in front of a fireplace in a cold and rainy winter evening, where I am reading an excelent book , drinking a tasty warmed cognac.
Amber is one of my favorite notes, and I usually like almost all amber perfumes, even the sweet ones, such as Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan. Ambre Noir is a luxurious treat. It is smooth as buttah and the woodsy quality stands out nearly more than the amber itself. For anyone searching for a dry woody amber this is it.
Beauty should never pander and Ambre Noir does not; from unfolding and revealing, it persists without apology or meaningful degradation for the best part of the day- expect 6 hours intact, 12 hours of residual goodness, a good month on your clothing. Presentation is tasteful and utile; a black embossed box and heavy, stable bottle that has so far resisted all my fumblings. If like me you shudder at the fiscal prospect of your next acquisition and wonder how much longer you can defer those boring essential domestic repairs or elective surgeries, you may be pleasantly surprised by AN’s price tag.
This one is based on labdanum, one of my favorite notes, with plenty of amber along for the ride. Oakmoss and spice notes are present, but subtle. I would swear that there’s a subtle touch of vanilla; perfumer Laurie Erickson refers to a minimal amount of vanilla in the write-up, but doesn’t list it among the notes. This one is rich and elegant to wear, and I have frequently worn one spray to work, but I apply a full hour before arriving at my workplace. It makes me feel sexy, warm, and comfortable, a good feeling all around.
Ambre Noir is as richly complex, as elegantly brocaded and baroque as one could wish, not mere raw jagged olfactory cacaphony. I cherish its darkly voluptuous character, equally suited to man or woman. It is symphonic in nature, chockablock with the finest components and a very high percentage of naturals in mixed media scent. It may be classified as an eau de parfum, but I doubt you’ll find perfumes possessed of such high concentration [20-24%] and longevity.
S. Elizabeth –
Ambre Noir from Sonoma Scent Studio is dense and intense and the darkest amber you could ever hope to meet. Both somber and smoldering, with notes of labdanum, rose, incense, moss, leather, and woods, it is a blackened forest fireside frolic when the veil between worlds is thinnnest. See also: the final moments in the film The VVitch.
Sonoma Scent Studio Ambre Noir garnered me a few compliments when I wore it to work not too long ago. With notes of amber, labdanum, rose, woods and incense, this fragrance unfolds in seductive yet cozy layers.
Perfumes I am loving this fall: Sonoma Scent Studio’s Equestrian, Ambre Noir and Pacific Woods
Leisa Neumann (verified owner) –
Burst of myrrh and frankincense then settles to a warm amber. Nice longevity and silage.