Voile d'Ambre by Olivier Pescheux for Yves Rocher 2005

Hey there frag crew,

A couple of years ago Jin and I traveled to Europe together, we had never traveled together before, not even for a weekend, yet we decided to put together a wonderful 6 week extravaganza of a holiday. We saw about 10 countries, saw family, met new and old friends, saw sights, laughed, ate, shopped, discovered and generally had the most wonderful time. There were only a couple of minor melt downs on the whole trip and those due to exhaustion rather than lack of common interest. Anyway, the first fragrance I bought while in Europe on that wonderful holiday in a little Yves Rocher shop in Prague was Voile d’Ambre….

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Voile d’Ambre by Olivier Pescheux for Yves Rocher 2005

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Mandarin leaf, cardamom, mandarin orange, myrtle
Heart: Opoponax, incense, myrrh
Base: Patchouli, Australian sandalwood, Madagascar vanilla

Memories!!! Every time I spritz Voile d’Ambre I get a warm hot rush of happiness that is less to do with the sweet herbal amber that jumps off my skin than it does the wonderful memories of our first trip together. I can see us rugged up in our winter woolies in cities filled with mainly the residents because who is silly enough to travel midwinter through the heart of Europe? We got to see everything we wanted with zero wait time and the staff of everywhere were happy to see some foreigners and have a chat. I have done Europe in all the seasons now and I’ll always try to go in winter, it’s 100% more fun.

Voile d'Ambre Yves Rocher Prague WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Voile d’Ambre gives me a boozy, incense laden amber that is smooth and clean, a warm amber that is in no way challenging. This is comfort fragrance, warming, easy and cuddly. Though I wore it all through that winter in Europe I can also easily apply it in 30C Sydney heat and be comfortable, Voile d’Ambre is spare enough and has enough air through it that I’m not overwhelmed or constricted. I think it may be to do with the Australian sandalwood, which I find a little more astringent and green than the others, slightly eucalyptus feeling and that added to a clean but earthy patchouli rounds the whole fragrance out.

I make it read like the notes are discernible, they are not unless I have a notes list ion front of me, what I smell is a beautiful amber that changes slightly from greener in the beginning to non foody vanilla at dry down. It’s not a big and varied story but a soft and floaty ride through comfort to comfort, and filled with joyful memories. I am smiling right now as I write to you all.

If you’ll excuse me I think I need to give Jin and big hug. While I’m gone, what is your favourite amber fragrance, as a main note or a side one?
Portia xx

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17 thoughts on “Voile d'Ambre by Olivier Pescheux for Yves Rocher 2005

  1. I really like Voile d’Ambre, too. The shower gel & lotion are also nice, and so strongly scented, you almost don’t need perfume. I stocked up on all 3 products before the prices went up & when they were half-price, along with the Vanille Noir stuff. My fridge crisper bin is full of perfume back-ups now.
    I’m a bit of an amber ho, so picking a fave is hard, but I really like Olympic Amber by Olympic Orchids (I get a very dusty incense), Ambre Noir by Sonoma Scent Studio (it took me a while to get past the rose), Prada Leau d’Ambree, ScentStory 24Gold (nuclear) and Auric Blends Amber, which costs a pittance and smells very similar to Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan to me.


  2. Prague!! i spent 6 months there i the early 90’s… a Yves Rocher store was unheard of then. How the western world progresses (invades?)

    i can’t pinpoint a favorite amber… there are so many beautiful creations which rest upon amber. but i will say a straightforward labdanum/benzoin combo is about as gourmand as i like to get… and it’s heaven!

    thank you so much for the wonderful pictures!! you two are so fun to observe! and winter traveling/off season is the only way to go… if you want a transparent picture of the culture.

    cherny pivo, prosim!


    • Einsof!
      We loved Prague. In the 1990s it was a tottaly different place. While I lived in London in the mid 90s one of my boyfriends went to Prague and rang me from a pay phone crying at how beautiful it was as he walked from the train to his hotel and wishing he could share it with me.
      Now it is much more commercial that it was in the pictures back then but still ridiculously gorgeous.
      we had a couple of beers.
      Portia xx


  3. Hi Portia,
    What happy and fun photos! There are so many lovely ambers and some that really stand out for me: Olympic Amber and Histoires des Parfums Ambre 114 in the perfume or EdP formulations and in the CPOs Rasasi Ambre Oud, Ish Amber Ladies Mariam and Madini Ambre. I know there must be a least a dozen favorites that I have forgotten…BTW how do you find the winter travel experience in the US?


    • Hey azar,
      LOVE traveling in winter in the US. Chicago was our only destination not completely a Disney tourist haunt but even LA is a bit more low key in winter. I hate NYC in summer, it’s too constricting and I feel totally claustrophobic so winter is perfect. It snowed on us while we walked through Central Park at twilight, we were nearly alone there. PERFECT!
      Portia xx


  4. What delightful images and memories! Jumping into a big trip like that is a terrific way to see if you’re suited to each other! And now you are off making more happy memories…
    Favourite ambers are the dry Etro Ambra and the boozy PdE Ambre Russe. Love.
    Blessings upon your safe journeys,
    Sister Mary


    • We are blessed in so many ways Sister Mary. Sometimes I just need to think on my travels to remember how lucky I am.
      Ambre Russe, LOVE IT SICK.
      Portia xx


  5. Oh Portia! I’m so pleased to see somebody else who appreciates this magnificent scent. I have two back up bottles in preparation for the inevitable discontinuation that Yves Rocher torture us with so frequently.
    I truly wish that perfume land’s ardent amber (and incense) lovers would all give this one a sniff.
    How often do you get such a splendid interpretation of the genre for around £30?


    • I totally agree Odiferess,
      So creamy, cuddly and gorgeous for practically no money. Win Win!
      Perfume Promiscuity is a great name for a post!
      Portia xx


  6. What a wonderful review. Sharing your happiness brought up the feeling in me. I can’t stop smiling! I’ve only recently started sampling amber fragrances. No luck so far. I had high hopes for Ambre Sultan. It’s nice, but…. Today I ordered some samples including Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambre Precieux. Wish me luck. Voile d’Ambre is now on my list.


  7. Love the travel pics. I agree with you winter is quite a good time to visit Europe if you can brace yourself for the chill. I hate queues! I think that the YR is a goodie. It’s quite a light amber but really easy to wear in summer and winter. My favourite amber is Ambre Fetiche by Annick Goutal. Love the incense in it. Also like Ambre Russe and Ambre Sultan. I need to get my nose on some more though.


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