Amber Pour Homme Intense by Prada 2011

Hey hey Girls & Guys,

I have a buddy Scott, he is pretty new to the perfume craving and has fallen deeply into the wormhole. Every now and then he brings me something to try. Isn’t that one of THE greatest things about having perfumista buddies? We all try different stuff and come back and comment, engage, love/hate, lemming and enjoy the whole process. Living in a big city makes it easy to face to face with people but even the fragrance boards on FaceBook have been instrumental in my finding of fragrance friends, all over the world so if I’m suffering insomnia there is someone around the world ready to chat. From a lonely little fragrance addicted person to part of a culture and community is a wonderful change.

Amber Pour Homme Intense by Prada 2011

Amber Pour Homme Intense Prada  FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Italian bergamot, Somalia myrrh, Indonesian patchouli, Madagascan vanilla, amber, patchouli, labdanum, vetiver, orange blossom, geranium, tonka, musk, leather, sandalwood, saffron

When I think Prada fragrance it’s often sheer, linear and smooth. A gentle wash of fragrance that can carry you from breakfast to ballroom and is so calm and contemplative that unless you are seriously waiting for progression to happen can basically run from go to whoa as a single piece. I love that whole aesthetic, simple and uncluttered in Prada’s design and think the brand is clever, innovative and middle tier luxe in their mass market offerings. Think Prada Candy and flankers, also the infusion range, very well put together and easy to wear fragrance with a moderate life and less than average sillage and scent bubble. You will smell good but not loud, which for much of the world is how they like their fragrances.

Amber Pour Homme Intense Prada FromTheNorth  FlickrPhoto Stolen FromTheNorth Flickr

Prada’s Amber Pour Homme Intense is a different kettle of fish. It opens strong and right off the skin jumps patchouli, myrrh, amber and vanilla with that spicy/plastic saffron and a backdrop of butter, that may be sandalwood or orange blossom or their combination. the bergamot only makes its presence known on my second application over the first later in the day and it could be the pretty rasp of geranium that I notice here too? I don’t know for sure but what I do know is that Amber Pour Homme Intense is weightier than all the other Pradas that I’ve tried, it smells more niche to me, a little less smooth and perfect, smokier and dirtier in a good way. More fun, adventurous and is there a little naughty? Like the moment in movies when finally the hair is let down, the tie and top button undone, where people start to forget their walls and start enjoying the moment. Not heavy, or cloying, there is still the Prada spareness but Amber Pour Homme Intense seems to be comfortable enough with itself that it might give a saucy wink or have a drink or do something unexpected, not outrageous but new. Do I make sense? Maybe a banker who takes their shoes off to feel the grass and sun at lunchtime or a director who decides that a Monday brainstorm at the pub at 4pm might provide better results than at a formal boardroom meeting, still a private room but less uptight. A lovely soft oriental fragrance that becomes very slightly skinnish towards the end of its life at around 4 hours.Have I noted that this is a perfectly unisex offering, please don’t think it’s for one or the other, Amber Pour Homme Intense is a good, very reasonably priced, everyone scent.

sunset mosquePhoto Stolen Matthias Rhomberg Flickr

Further reading: Chemist In A Bottle talks about original Amber Pour Homme and Now Smell This talks Intense
FragranceNet has $42/50ml before coupon
My Perfume Samples starts at $3.50/ml

Have you tried either of the Prada Amber Pour Homme’s? Original or Intense? Do you agree with my unisex thought? Would you wear it?
See you tomorrow,
Portia xx



7 thoughts on “Amber Pour Homme Intense by Prada 2011

  1. I really enjoyed this review! You went on quite a riff there and pinpointed your subject to perfection. I adore Prada Amber but it took some to come to that place. You see the initial spray is wonderful but then like you said about most of the other Prada’s it becomes quiet and low key in its lush lux languor. But over time and with a light dusting before application of Prada Amber powder it has become on of my favorite fragrances.


  2. Great review, Portia! I haven’t tried Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense but ambers are favorites of mine and I prefer intense fragrances. This one may be worth a sample. It doesn’t matter if the label says that a fragrance is for a man or for a woman. I wear what I like.

    By the way, I’m one of those insomniacs. A good percentage of my fragrances are used to help me sleep. Tuberose in anything will often knock me out but if it doesn’t then I’m cruising around the late night, blogging or busily sewing or writing or painting or quietly practicing. Manic? No, not really.

    Azar xx


    • Ha ha ha azar!! I think we are all a little manic, easily infatuated and skittish. It’s part of what makes us insomniacs fun to be around.
      Portia xx


  3. I enjoy Prada’s aesthetic as well, with Infusion d’Iris in my top three irises and a Candy decant that is getting pretty low. If I didn’t already own and swoon over Coromandel, I suspect Prada Amber for women would be in my collection as well for that patchouli fix. I *think* I’ve tried this, as Lukas is such a big fan of the line and the myrhh intrigued me, but it fell into the Abyss of Nice for me (not complaining, as my wallet couldn’t handle it if I loved everything).


    • Hello Gorgeous!!
      I am very happy with the large decant Scott gave me. If I wasn’t a crazy perfumista it would be a very good stable spring/fall scent and I would have a bottle. Maybe one day if I get through 10ml. Never say never.
      Portia xx


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