Ambra del Nepal by Giovanni Di Massimo for I Profumi di Firenze

Hey Ho Frag People,

I have a strong love for amber perfumes. I like their treacle like sweetness and bitter chocolate darkness, the vanilla that feels like it’s been brewed in a dirty coffee machine, that rich, dark, almost malevolent opening that feels like it’s going to burn out your nostril hairs that warms on your body into something delicious, gourmand-esque but not totally foodie as such. Me and amber, we are mates. I am greedy too and want to try them all to see what twists and turns the next one will offer, just like the rest of my fragrances really. So what does Ambra del Nepal by I Profumi di Firenze give me that the others leave out?

Ambra del Nepal by I Profumi di Firenze

I Profumi Del Firenze site says: The perfumer and chemist Dr. Giovanni Di Massimo, the founder of “I Profumi di Firenze” uncovered in 1966 the secret recipes of the perfumes used by princess Caterina dé Medici, after the big flood that devastated Florence the same year, finding in the mud an old renaissance manuscript caught away by the water.

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives only these featured accords: Nepalese Amber, cardamom, Madagascar vanilla

A beautiful opener with that medicine cabinet, herbal and caramelised sugar hiding a Crème brûlée sweetness that washes out from under the bold opening and gives the most divine caramel coffee, vanilla cream, bitter chocolate, Ambra Del Nepal is a sweet and spicy Oriental Gourmand frag hit.  There is some discussion about how much cardamom there is and sometimes I get it, others nothing, tonight I went to the spice cupboard and smelt cardamom (pods and ground) and except for the crazy rush of the opening I think it plays only a supporting role because I get spicy but not really cardamom per se.

Ambra Del Nepal is more gourmand that the usual amber that I’m attracted to but seems to do it in such a way that the foodiness is totally acceptable, biscuit-like vanilla. You’d think with such a short list of featured ingredients that this would be simple but it is anything but. There is a definite journey taken here. I love how it gets softer and softer till it becomes a glorious overlay on my own scent, it could be me. This barely there stage lasts right through till morning and gives me morning sex confidence, I still smell completely edible!

Photo Stolen millarandmore.

BeautyHabit has 12ml for $39 or 100ml for $99
NowSmellThis has a completely different experience but we both love it.

I hope you all enjoyed a look at Ambra Del Nepal, what a great fragrance. Do you have a favourite amber? What is it? Do you wear it only in the cooler months?
Till tomorrow, take good care of yourself,
Portia xx

5 comments on “Ambra del Nepal by Giovanni Di Massimo for I Profumi di Firenze

  1. Undina says:

    I have many favorite amber fragrances. I’m affraid I’ll miss some if I start naming them but at lest those off the top of my head: Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, Tom Ford Amber Absolute, Sonoma Scent Studio Ambre Noir, Dior Mitzah, Chanel Coromandel, Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe.
    As to Ambra del Nepal by I Profumi di Firenze (and, actually, all their other perfumes) – cal me shallow but I do not like their bottles. It won’t prevent me from smelling the perfume if I come across the line… well, maybe, if there isn’t enough other unknown perfumes to smell 😉 but I’m not attracted to the brand at all.

  2. Jordan River says:

    Amber Warning: “[Women] should especially be wary of concentrated essences, called triples, rich musk and amber, which emit copious scent more subtle and more penetrating, the snake is hidden under the flowers! “(Monin, 1906: 286).
    Perfume Advice from last century.

  3. Jordan River says:

    Well you be careful if you go near Kilian’s garden!

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