Olympic Amber by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2011


Post by Portia


Hey there Fabulously Fragrant Fumies,

One of the fragrances that I come back to again and again in my fragrant journey is from the Indie Perfumer Ellen Covey. Her fragrances are usually very compatible with my chemistry and this one in particular gets a lot of skin time. It’s the easiest and most likeable amber in my collection, wearable all year round but especially nice in the cool of evening.

Olympic Amber by Olympic Orchids 2011

Olympic Amber by Ellen Covey

Olympic Amber Olympic OrchidsFragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Labdanum, vanilla, benzoin, incense, resins, patchouli, woods

Originally this glorious, burnished beauty was made to be the base of other fragrances but once created Ellen decided it needed to be a fragrance all its own. Olympic Amber was born.

Vanilla, patchouli and lovely smooth resins waft straight out of the gate. It’s a dry sweetness, slightly bakery but more balmy. A crunchy toffee or caramelised sugar effect very reminiscent of the first crackling spoonful of creme brûlée. Crunchy and creamy, yes perfect analogy. Olympic Amber is hefty and I am fully fragrant but it manages to covey an air of spaciousness, not sheer but less dense somehow. Fragrant but not ferocious.

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I could imagine this being the signature scent choice of a parent and this smell being part of what the children run to, a scent of comfort and safety. It’s as if Olympic Amber reminds me of something or someone who I felt safe around, there is no memory attached though or person.

Fairly linear, I enjoy the stability of knowing I’ll smell this good all day and evening. Perfect for extra long work, drinks, dinner days because longevity is out of this world. Spray Olympic Amber on your clothes and they will stay fragrant till the next wash. Even in the laundry basket, when I grab the clothes out I can tell if I had it on this past week from the delicious waft I get while putting stuff in the machine.

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Further reading: Perfume Posse and BOTO
Olympic Orchids has $18/5ml Travel Spray
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $3/0.5ml

What is your amber?
Portia xx


13 thoughts on “Olympic Amber by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2011

  1. Hi Portia,
    I have three ambers that I love equally. One is Olympic Amber – no surprise there. The other two are Lutens Ambre Sultan and vintage Youth Dew Amber Nude. Also, thank you for the laundry tip :)!
    Azar xx


    • Hey Azar,
      Amber Nude is gone on me in a flash, so annoying, as is the MdO Ambre. Ambre Sultan is YUM.
      Portia xx


  2. Ambre Fetiche, my initiation into perfumistahood. My husband even took me to the boutique in Paris and sniffed with me for an hour, bless his cotton socks and sandals.


    • WOW! You are a lucky girl. Clearly you are the blessing, not his socks Jackie B.
      I really like Ambre Fetiche too. There’s a decant of it around here somewhere.
      Portia xxx


  3. I love love love this amber. And while it is wonderful on its own, it is also great for layering. I don’t think this gets enough love by far. Its good to see it getting such a good review.


  4. This is a good amber but my faves are Ambre Russe, Ambre Fetiche and Ambre Sultan. I also enjoy Kalemat, Estee’s Amber Mystique, Jovan’s Secret Amber, Raghba, Molton Brown Oud Accord and Gold, Perris Monte Carlo Ambre Gris, Regina Harris Ambre Vanilla, Tauer Amber Flash and Yves Rocher Voile d’Ambre.


    • Woon Hoo Gina,
      That is a slew of fabulous ambers. You need to try Huitieme Art Ambre Ceruleen and Ambra Mediterranean by Profumi del Forte too. Very nicely done.
      Portia xx


  5. Hey Portia,

    Ahhh….Amber. Like a warm cashmere blanket. My personal favorite is still Ambra Di Luna which I won from you a few years back, here on APJ. Damn that stuff literally sends me to the moon with its leather and sandalwood facets, and that slight floral hit. Love it to pieces! I ripped thru that decant in no time, and went straight to FB, did not pass go, OR collect $200!


    • Hi there Robert H,
      YES! I love the Ramon donegal too. it’s really special. Thanks for the reminder.
      Portia xx


  6. Hi Portia my current amber favourite is Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens and waiting to try a solid by Forstrangewomen.


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