Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A dream come true. Smooth. Sensual. Magical. Amber Queen wraps you in luxury with apricot, clementine, a hint of ginger, and the warmth of glowing amber. Its crowning glory is an exotic Bengal rose accord and a Dozen Roses' signature rose absolute.
The description doesn't tell you a lot, right? I may not do better, but here's my take.
You may remember the premise for A DOZEN ROSES, a fragrance collection inspired by the emotions that roses can evoke. It launched exclusively last July. Roses have inspired poets, artists, designers, and perfumers, and they inspired the fragrances of A DOZEN ROSES - modern, eclectic, and sexy fragrances created with a passion for art, perfumery, and unique bottle designs.
My favorite of the original collection (the first three in the line) launched a year ago was Gold Rush. Gold Rush is a rush of ecstasy - a sexy, rich scent, meant for the wild, confident gal. This gal drinks tequila, loves Kiki de Montparnasse lingerie, and spends her weekends at cocktail parties. Gold Rush is a blend of blackberry, neroli, and ylang ylang layered with the richness of bittersweet chocolate and ebony woods, all wrapped with the aura of the gold rush rose and the collection's signature rose absolute. This sultry fragrance comes in a black bottle highlighted by yellow. I bought Gold Rush, but I can't say that anything about its wild gal personality resembles me today.
Amber Queen reminds me of a tamer Gold Rush. It's sultry, but not as sultry as Gold Rush - it's much more office-friendly. I didn't get the press release for Amber Queen (I'm disappointed about that!), but I read on Fragrantica (clearly they got the PR) that the top notes are ginger, apricot, and clementine; the middle notes are damask rose and rose; and the base note is amber.
Anyhow, Amber Queen just arrived, but I was told it's selling briskly. One sniff, and you'll understand why.You can visit your favorite Neiman Marcus now or order online (one screen shows it as a pre-order, but another shows it as available now). If we are lucky, there may even be a gift with purchase coming up at the next Neiman Marcus beauty event.
Update 1/3/13: I have learned that the nose for Amber Queen was Givaudan perfumer Irina Burlakova.
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus, melarcher.com, and fanpop.com