Since the beginning of June, when I finally had a chance to sniff one of Serge Lutens’ long praised olfactory creations, I was constantly checking some of the fragrances from the house’s Export Line. And, as I already shared it in here with you, my favorite so far is Chergui, a very complex unisex perfume that reminds me of a different type of incense.
Also belonging to the Export Line and introduced in 2000 is Ambre Sultan, a perfume that re-interprets the classic theme of amber. According to the official statements, the intention of Mr. Lutens was to evoke a journey into the desert, for which he imagined this fascinating scent totally opposite from what we normally understand when amber come to mind.
This woody spicy unisex fragrance was developed by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake and features an intense character, imbued with an exotic and utterly unforgettable aroma. The listed ingredients include: coriander, amber, oregano, bay leaf, myrtle, angelica root, sandalwood, patchouli, benzoin and vanilla.
The first minutes subsequent to spraying only 2 whiffs of Ambre Sultan on my wrist produced a plessant first impression which reminded me from Chergui, but then the perfume turned to a whole new facet. Ambre Sultan exhibits a powerful resinous character, coming from the employment of spices and all these mixed with amber and sensual patchouli are rendering an intense experience. The aroma of incense, although not listed in the notes, is perceived within the composition of Ambre Sultan and at this moment, I find difficult to make a selection between Chergui and this fragrance.
The flacon that holds this perfume is the same signature bottle from Serge Lutens, while the color of the liquid evokes the color of amber, offering a hint with respect to the composition right from the start.
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan Perfume Details
- Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours!) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Spicy
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2000
- Perfumer: Christopher Sheldrake
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual