In Ambre Suprême, master perfumer Antoine Lie puts the spotlight on Ambergris, the unique perfume ingredient whose subtle powers of amplification are usually in the background of a fragrance.
This near-mythical aged and oxidized exudate from a sperm whale, is one of the most prized ingredients in perfumery. Due to its rarity and cost, Ambergris (“grey amber”) is synthetic in 99 percent perfumes that list it as an ingredient. Ambre Suprême features the natural version in a 10% dosage, specially sourced and tinctured using proprietary ultrasound extraction by Atelier Français des Matières.
Ambre Suprême opens with a blast of spice, woods and florals, with cardamon, cinnamon and pink peppercorn accenting its radiant heart of jasmine and orange flower. As it settles on skin, it mellows into a drydown as delicate and diaphanous as gossamer, as if the notes were now experienced behind a panel of sheer silk, with flashes of clary sage like woven leaves on a garland.
But Ambre Suprême is not all lightness. Ambergris can reveal the darkness of a composition's facets as well as its brightness. The perfume occasionally morphs in something animalic, mineral and dark, with immortelle, castoreum and hyraceum casting a shadowy sensuality into its otherwise bright corners.
Ambre Suprême is like an engaging book that takes time to unfold and reveal its secrets. At first, it might feel like there are a lot of characters in the story and you're not clear of their interaction. But suddenly, there's a chapter that brings them and the story together, and then you can't put the book down.
aldehydes, clary sage oil Switzerland Grand Cru, pink pepper CO2 Madagascar, cardamon oil India, orange flower alcoolat Grand Cru, neroli oil, Morocco jasmine absolute, patchouli oil Aceh Grand Cru, Ambergris tincture ultrasound Grand Cru (10%), immortelle ultrasound extract France Grand Cru (from their private fields in Provence, France).