With the fall comes the annual amber kick. Typically I gravitate toward heavier amber scents but my skin amplifies all the amber-associated components and notes, so sometimes I'm searching for an amber that won't scream my presence across a room.
Today I tried Atelier's Ambre Nue. At first sniff, this smells like a typical, light amber fragrance. It comes across as light and sweet, this is definitely not cold-weather amber but like amber boating on a lake in the summertime with a beer. The mandarin and bergamot make a quick appearance, like a surprisingly candied citrus. I'm almost turned off, but I'm finding it intriguing that my amber is turning into a lemon amber meringue candy drop. It's actually entertaining. Every few minutes I'm sniffing and getting something else: oranges. a flash of sunlight. light amber.
A while later, the citrus melds into a slightly spicy kick with the slightest breath of floral. I love how this entire time, the amber is still just barely perceptible. It quietly dances on the outskirts of the fragrance, like an artist might use a few lines to add structure to an otherwise muted drawing.
Every facet of this scent is a surprise. Although not an 'amber' scent per se in the commonly accepted sense, it's a wonderful translation and feels like a crowd pleaser. I'll definitely be reaching for this one in the spring when I need my amber fix.