Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: Nicolai Parfumeur Createur Ambre Cashmere Intense


black pepper, mandarin orange, citron; orris root, violet and cloves; vanilla, labdanum, benzoin, tonka bean, patchouli, sandalwood, musk, & amber

A pungent, nose-tickling pepper lays the foundation for a citrusy mélange, which resembles a dish of lemon custard pie. The floralized mid-notes remain incognito during my wear, but eventually the desserty guise gains a more inedible complexion, knighting this markedly gourmand fragrance with a crown of sophistication, appealing to non-gourmand lovers too. The peppery-lemon — a quiet constant throughout the duration of this juice — begins to drown under an amalgam of notes characterized by their appealing depth and warmth; a smidgen of earthy patchouli, a whisper of smoky resins, not-too-sweet vanilla, and a healthy dose of glowing amber. As it dries down completely, the itchy pepper fights its way back to the top, making my nose feel a little twitchy when I inhale it deeply. The end result is peppery amber on a stabilizing wooden base, with a breath of clean musk (which is more perceptible on clothing than skin). Some find Ambre Cashmere too sweet, however, I find that its sweet notes have a cleverly composed juxtaposition with non-sweet notes to perform a complimentary balancing act. What you're left with is a toasty concoction, metaphoric to a weekend spent away in a wooded cabin during the late autumn.

Morning is spent peacefully meditating on a porch facing a pristinely placid lake. With a mug of hot tea warming your hands, and a cashmere blanket draping your shoulders. Mother Nature exhibits signs of the impending seasonal transition. She steals the last of the wood's hanging leaves, they float poetically down to a hardening soil, ultimately resting atop a blanket of their leafy kin. The hum of winter in the air feels cleansing; you willfully invite it to fill up your lungs in between sips of tea. Smells of burning wood float from atop a dancing flame and out the chimney in a plume of grey smoke, threatening to choke the brisk atmosphere, and beckoning you back inside with promises of its fiery warmth. Time does not exist here; you only know the time of day by the position of the sun. And as midday sets in, you fetch another hot mug of Earl Grey, snag a slice of lemon dessert to accompany its bergamot goodness, and settle in on a well-loved couch in front of the fireplace. Later, you throw on a sweater and — with barefeet — you skirt around jagged rocks and pokey twigs until you reach the dock, where you skip rocks in the moonlight, across the glassy lake. Crickets entrance you with their chirpy lullaby, luring you to doze off on the dock while gazing at a star-speckled sky.

Ambre Cashmere Intense retails for $65-185

Longevity: 3/5
Projection: 2/5

1 comment:

  1. I like your blog! Great post, I just recently tried a similar product that I received for free from Will buy this one next time!