As the curtain rises on the charming Ambre-Cashmere family, everyone is talking simultaneously on stage — there are grunts, witty asides, chuckles, humming...and whispers delivered with a hissssss; no one is willing to ease up or shut up. We meet happy Lady Mandarin, handsome/smooth-talking General Pepper, the self-effacing Misses Violet and Iris, and bitter Mrs. Lemon, the cook (hissssss!) who brings in a tray full of tiny cups filled with hot cocoa. Chilly Cousin Clove attempts to stifle the conversation as Mr. Tonka Bean steps in to try and add sweetness and reason to the proceedings; but neither Clove nor Tonka Bean are a match for loud-mouthed / hard-drinking "Patch" who loves nothing more than creating a scene. Cashmeran (aka "CC") — as the other cast members' voices falter — gets the final, reassuring (and long-winded) speech. The End.
Parfums de Nicolaï Ambre Cashmere Intense's1 initial cacophony is not unpleasant...it's attention grabbing and a welcome change from the stately bergamot soliloquy one often experiences as the curtain rises on Act I of many perfumes. Ambre Cashmere Intense demands close attention to appreciate its characters.
Ambre Cashmere Intense, in its early phase, produces an unsweetened cocoa-powder aroma that makes the "ambre" interesting, impure. Ambre Cashmere Intense is not a gourmand; if I ate or drank what it smells like, I know I'd get an upset stomach. On the air and on skin, Ambre Cashmere Intense smells very good. If you are a "straightforward" amber-perfume lover, you may want to either 1. look elsewhere, or 2. expand your amber perfume wardrobe in a new direction.
Parfums de Nicolaï Ambre Cashmere Intense Eau de Parfum is available in 30 ml ($65) and 100 ml ($185). For buying information, see the listing for Parfums de Nicolaï under Perfume Houses.
1. Listed notes include mandarin, black pepper, lemon, iris, violet, clove, vanilla, labdanum, benzoin, tonka bean, patchouli, amber, sandalwood and musk.
Note: top image Inaugural of the Salle du Palais-Cardinal 1641 - decor of Mirame - Hammitzsch 1906 [altered] via Wikimedia Commons.