A glimmer of passion and seduction lurks beneath masked faces, bodies lightly pressed against one another swaying to the sound of instruments in a glorious ballroom brimming with Baroquian grandeur...
Top: Pink Pepper and Bergamot
Heart: Spices and Turkish Rose
Base: Amber, Balsamy Notes, Cedar, Patchouli and Gaiac Wood
Master perfumer Monsieur François Demachy the nose behind Parfums Christian Dior signs Ambre Nuit as a sensual rose that is wrapped with ambergris, that he assigns as two of the most emblematic ingredients in perfumery.
This idea translates itself in the fragrance in an interesting way by creating only just an aura of amber, and not giving it centre stage. Amber in this fragrance is an invisible omni-present veil that brings out the best characteristics of all the other ingredients as the fragrance develops on the skin.
The theme behind this scent has been inspired by the baroque era with all its exuberance, affluence, and drama, while scandals and blasphemy subliminally hid beneath this cloud of excesses. When aristocracy was revered and grand balls were the norm among highest nobility, where men and women mingled in elaborate costumes and masked faces. The era is marked by a wave of exaggeration in expression of each detail be it in art, architecture, interiors or fashion of the time.
Ambre Nuit is the olfactive personification of baroque mannerism of exaggerated details, in this case the notes, that reveal themselves in the most pronounced and intense way with passage of time. I can almost see the theatrical mannerisms of Baroque art, where each movement is captured in motion, as Ambre Nuit takes the form of a glorious turkish rose and suddenly takes on a spicy peppery tone and eventually delves into gourmand richness while the sweet ambergris shrouds the entire potion.
Dry down comes quite late since this fragrance boasts of great longevity and a beautiful sillage....but when it does come I smell slightly dry but soft woods and hints of the amber that never leaves.
This fragrance has often been referred to as an unconventional amber because of its ability to create an olfactive play of notes akin to the theatrics of 18th century plays. Its not the glorification of amber itself but a glorification of what amber does.
Well if we could have modern day balls then this would be the one to wear...but I particularly recommend this for the fact that its a masculine scent that does not conform to the idea of a characteristically male scent.
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