I bought Jesus Del Pozo Ambar after developing a penchant for amber notes via Ambre de Cabochard by Parfums Gres (more of which at a later date). I bought it blind, wanting something stronger than a light floral as the nights drew in. I wasn’t disappointed.
My first thought as I unwrapped the gorgeous amber glass bottle and sprayed was “Cointreau”. Those of us who no longer discuss our age may remember the fabulously glamorous adverts from the 80s. “Ah cointreau, the ice melts…”. So immediately I had a trip down memory lane with a burst of alcoholic orange liqueur.
However, creator Marie Salamagne stops this from being sickly and keeps it fresh and light with the addition of cardoman and bergamot. It stays aromatic rather than cloying, although the hint of vanilla has been used sparingly (phew).
Although there are allegedly notes of Peony in Ambar, I don’t get flowers in this at all. It’s clean and masculine and almost herbal, and could, in my opinion easily pass for a men’s eau de toilette. It’s odd how the ultra feminine Eau de Cartier is targeted at a unisex market, yet this crisp citrus/spice scent is aimed solely at women.
Oh and the amber is here, of course. It’s warm and wintery and the bitter orange stops it being too thick and heavy.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality since I bought my 30ml bottle for less than £10 from allbeauty.com, although they only seem to have the more expensive large bottles now. If you can find the small bottles again, they are worth having in your scent wardrobe. I can honestly say I have never seen this for sale on any High Street in the UK, although those of you who live in or near cities may have done so. I don’t myself, so I often buy online via eBay or even Amazon.
Jesus del Pozo was incorporated in 1974 and sadly, the man himself passed away in August 2011 but not before firmly cementing his award winning reputation in his native Spain and in 120 countries worldwide. His most famous scent is J del Pozo Halloween, named for its completion date rather than for any gory ingredients or notes.
The business carries on under new management true to his spirit.