Ambergreen by Oliver Valverde for Oliver & Co 2016


Post by Portia


Hi there Niche Nerds,

Recently I wrote about Oliver & Co bringing out 16ml Travel Sizes, I also bought a pair of them in the new scents Ambergreen & Vaninger. Oli Valverde the perfumer got in touch almost immediately after my purchase to thank me (I know right, super sweet) and offered to send me some samples through for all of you to try. YAY!

I love this house, that’s how Oli knows me, because I shop there at full price regularly. They are way under-rated and don’t get nearly enough love on the blogs or chat rooms. Fiercely independent fragrance house with scents that are unashamedly boundary pushing while still being totally wearable on a day to day basis. They are often so far off the beaten track though that I find description troublesome and sit dazed and amused in front of my computer enjoying the ride without typing a word.

Ambergreen by Oliver & Co 2016

Ambergreen by Oli Valverde


Oliver & Co gives these featured accords:
Ambrosian, amyl salycilate, basil, coriander, dry amber, fig leaves, galbanum, grass, green pepper, green tangerine, guaiac wood, hedione, orris concrete, pharaoh, shiso

The opening moments are like pulling the lettuce out of cold water where it’s been soaking, then fresh cut grass. It’s clearly spring in this scent. BASIL! OMG! A photo realistic basil from when you water your basil plant in the garden or window box, then it deepens to become the first whirr of making pesto at home. After about 15 minutes the whole fragrance stops being about notes and turns into a green bouquet lightly overlaid with cozy/sharp galbanum and bitter citrus. It’s bloody excellent stuff.

Green like walking under the trees near a creek in summer, hot, sweaty green like nothing I’ve smelled in fragrance before. It’s the brushing past shrubs and trees, the breaking of grass under your feet, the smell of healthy, damp earth disturbed and all of this in a warm dampness, cool after being in the blazing sun but not refreshing really. Ambergreen feels like respite, a quiet moment to yourself reading in the park trees shade, or your yard if you are lucky enough to have one. When the darkness of ambergris stirs the sweetness of amber counters its marine hue, the work against each other to create harmony over the green, quite a journey.


Oliver & Co has €35/the new 16ml Travel Size

Here are some other posts on APJ about Oliver & Co fragrance: Vetivers and Resina,

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38 thoughts on “Ambergreen by Oliver Valverde for Oliver & Co 2016

  1. Nebula 2 sounds interesting with violet leaves in the formula, as well as a lot more going on. I follow via email.

    Ambergreen sounds interesting, in fact I always pay attention when basil, thyme or galbanum is being mentioned.


  2. La Colonia – dill – and now I really want to try that one too! Somehow this line had flown below my radar and the scents look interesting and different.
    I follow via RSS and Bloglovin’. Thanks!


  3. Firstly, i’m delighted to have accidentally run into this site /blog as I’ve been totally unaware such a cool group for perfume addicts existed in Sydney.. I must have been literally living under a rock!
    Secondly, i’m currently following through my email!


  4. These look good. My choice is La Colonia with its lily of the valley.
    Happily following by email.
    Thanks for the state offer.


  5. Not sure if I would like this. I love grassy scents but not herbal ones. Sounds interesting, though. Resina sounds interesting because of the incense in it (myrrh and frankincense).

    I follow via email.


  6. vetiverus-clove bud. I love cloves! 3 of them stuck in half an onion during the braise for my pot roast. From my old Joy of Cooking. They give a special little undercurrent of flavor. I follow by email. Thanks!


  7. So great to hear about this house again. Remember when the Nebulae series came out? Totally weird but VERY wearable. Vaninger with the timbersilk sounds amazing. Email for me, and thanks for the draw! xoxo


  8. Vetiverus – styrax.

    They all sound pretty amazing. I like the idea of the 16 ml travel sizes. And (shock, horror) he does free shipping *everywhere* for orders over €100. What a wonderful thing, non-discriminatory postage!

    I follow by email (and other things that I never look at, I love that you just pop into my inbox). Thanks for this Portia.


  9. Your description has me hooked+!! I’m already reading a book with the lush ambient smells of nature all around me…. the herb garden near by and 50 shades of green all around me….. aaahhhhh!


  10. Hi,

    I follow thru wordspress.


    Fragrance = Gincense
    One of its notes = ginger

    Many thanks,
    Sounds like a wonderful range …!! 😉


  11. Hi,

    I follow by email. I love the philosophy behind this Spanish brand. I want to win this contest!

    I like “M.O.U.S.S.E. II” with notes of mint.


  12. Oh, I was opening and closing Oliver & Co tab like a thousand times this last week…
    I am eager to try any of them, but mostly – Vetiverus and the osmanthus absolute in it!!!!! That is my choice!!!
    Thanks for the chance, Portia!
    I follow by FB, on Google + and by email.


  13. I follow with Bloglovin, and I’ll choose Resina and opoponax. Every tine you write about this line, I think I need to get my hands on some samples. Maybe in 2017. (Or this drawing!)


  14. I follow by email. GingerCO2 extract in Gincense. What an opportunity. I do so want to try this house. Thank you so much for this.


  15. Ah Portia! I have been reading back through your blog catalogue of reviews on Oliver and Co. I have to agree that this house is underrated in the frag community. These are very wearable dailies, yet there is a nudge at the boundaries of niche.

    Your description of Ambergreen is spot on. I love it simply for the fact it challenged me the first time I tried it, and still does to this day. It is a surprise each time I wear it, yet I know what is coming up. The trip through a garden filled with green matter of many sorts is best explored early in the morning, I find. It makes me alert, glad for the day ahead and I get to spend more quality time listening to its tale unfold.

    I am thrilled that Oliver has contacted you direct. I can state emphatically that he has excellent customer service and takes huge pride in the whole package.

    It has been an all round pleasure to deal with Oliver and Co.


    • Hey Kate.
      YAY! I’m so glad you’re loving the Oliver & Co crew. Freaky but nice frags for anytime.
      Yes, I love to walk the dogs in the mornings, it sets the tone for the day.
      Portia xx


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