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Peruvian Ambrette Ermenegildo Zegna for men

Peruvian Ambrette Ermenegildo Zegna for men
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The new fragrance, seventh in the line of Essenze by Ermenegildo Zegna collection, was launched in September 2014 and has the same flacon shape as previous editions: Florentine Iris, Haitian Vetiver, Indonesian Oud, Italian Bergamot, Javanese Patchouli and Sicilian Mandarin. The name of the latest edition is Peruvian Ambrette and its composition "explores only natural-herbal musk cultivated from hibiscus beans."

This type of natural herbal musk is very rare and unusual and is mixed with warm aromas of cashmere for a modern and sophisticated signature. Official notes of the composition encompass ambrette seed, cashmere wood, guaiac wood and warm, powdery shades of orris. "The raw material it was named after – Peruvian ambrette seed vas obtained from very small yield of tiny seed by a multi-stage process, which makes it one of the most expensive and rarest ingredients in perfume industry. It was obtained from San Martin region of the Amazonian forests in Peru, and has the sweet-musky scent with shades of nuts and is considered the only ingredient in the industry which has a completely natural scent like musk which is not of animal-origin."

Fragrance Ermenegildo Zagna Peruvian Ambrette is available as 125 ml Eau de Toilette.

Fragrance Notes

Ambrette (Musk Mallow) Orris Guaiac Wood Cashmere Wood

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Peruvian Ambrette Fragrance Reviews

michalc
michalc

I blind bought a bottle of this, and right away after I sprayed it, it reminded me of something. At first I thought of Black Afgano but knew that wasn't it, and then I realised it smelt a lot like Montale Aoud Musk, Xerjoff Gao and perhaps Duro by Nasomatto (not smelt this one but it seems it's very close to Aoud Musk). Smelling it from the cap, you get an invigorating bergamot note which is amazing and I'm now determined to find a scent that smells like this does from the cap, with an extremely bright bergamot, which this seems to have in the opening judging by the cap but doesn't really. You get a bergamot opening for maybe 30 seconds but it soon gets masked by the Guaiac wood which gives it the tar-like note mixed with a strong woody smell similar to Oud in the previously mentioned fragrance, but it's not animalic at all. This note carries the fragrance and seems to glue together the rest of the notes, giving it a warmer overtone to the remaining dark notes. You also get Ambrette (of course) and Cashmere wood which both have a deep musky vibe and blend really well with the Orris which gives the fragrance a rubbery, earthy smell. The ambrette also has a slight vegetal vibe but not too noticeable, it blends with the powdery and earthy orris note.
Overall, you get a very slight hint of bergamot in the first couple of hours of the fragrance but it's not noticeable unless you're looking for it after a few minutes. The opening is very woody , earthy and tar-like, it's a very dark fragrance but with a element of sophistication. It has a strong musky note which isn't skanky but really gives the fragrance more of a kick, otherwise it'd be a fairly boring woody scent.

Projection is moderate and weaker than what you'd expect from such a dark woody scent but does the job and it's actually a blessing that it's not a projection beast as it makes it all the more mysterious and sophisticated which matches the scent, you won't be seen as some idiot who applied way too much juice and gassed everyone out which is a good thing.

Longevity is good but again not beastly, however 8-10 hours is a great amount of time cobsidering I don't like having a fragrance on my skin the next day.

May
24
2016
gillbert
gillbert

extremely woody. in the opening i can smell very heavy ambrette and wood. musk and orris are smooth. in dry down is woody. very strong and long lasting, even after showered, i can smell the woody note

Apr
10
2016
masak389
masak389

Such a precise and precious fragrance description made by Houdini4.
Peruvian Ambrette is impressive (as its price tag). I love it.
Reminds me a little Chanel Egöiste but a slightly tamed.

Oct
29
2015
Houdini4
Houdini4

Oh lordy this is nice!

The opening is such a powdery, musky, amber which is so smooth and warm it really does envelop the senses telling you that this is a real special piece of work.
PA has a wonderfully natural amber and not an overly musky ambrette accord because as it settles down it becomes all about precious woods.
I'm pretty sure I detect oud in here but nothing like the Indonesian Oud in the same Zegna collection, this is a smooth subtle wood. That combination of lightly spicy cashmere and darker Guaiac wood give Peruvian Ambrette a sublime drydown quite like a creamy sandalwood vibe, not dissimilar to Armani Prive Oud Royal.
So....a stunning woody scent to add to an already excellent line from Zegna. Truly, these fragrances cover every olfactory angle and do so with a simplicity and remarkable clarity. I think £108 (although still expensive) is quite good value for 125ml's of impressive fragrance.
Longevity and performance are good but it's not the strongest juice in the world the drydown stayed close to my skin giving me a warm, woodsy glow.
I love this...Will definitely consider adding it to my collection.

Oct
29
2015
myra83
myra83

finaly i recived mine.. true @ mando like you said smell a bit closed to indonesia oud.. but for me on my skin its devlope 90% like amouage epic man in drydown i loved it.. problem here is longevity. silage good between 1 to 1.5 feet away..

Jul
12
2015
Mando
Mando

Received my bottle of this scent and it quite similiar in vein with the Indonesian Oud scent which I also own. It's IO w/out the rosey facets and very deep wood with musk (the natural kind since it is ambrette seed). I haven't yet worn it out yet but intend to tomorrow all day. It does have a kind of gasoline-like smell to it which I understand some consider very oud-like. I'm looking forward to testing out a whole day to experience this one. Love this new line of Zegna men's scents. They are not boring; quite quality scents.

Nov
13
2014
Cyrus Smith
Cyrus Smith

New addition in the Essenze collection. This one is about contrasts. It starts with a doze of freshness (some notes seem to be missing up here... probably bergamot) immediately followed by a dark woody smell and later, a quiet musky smell. The medicinal feel is a little bit reminiscent of a delicate oud. From then on it's a subtle combat of freshness vs darker essences. Once it has settled it's almost a fresh incense. As exeler0 mentioned, there is something similar to ADP Oud but here we are in a much more austere territory. Less citrusy than ADP Oud and definitely more subtle. The freshness feel is almost peppery.

This is a deep and serious fragrance! It seemed inoffensive and unattractive on paper but once I've tried it... one of the nicest thing I've tried this year. On a cold autumn day it is immensely fresh/dark & crisp with a little dryness that is so good to be surrounded with. Longevity & sillage are perfect on me (more than 5 hrs / sprayed twice).

What impresses me in the Essenze collection from Zegna, is the clarity and purity of the juices. You are surrounded by what seems to be extreme quality essences and a simplistic approach to fragrance. Few ingredients, balance & quality. Presentation is stunning. Beautiful glass bottle (125ml) with clever magnetic cap.

In a few words... woody austere beauty!

Oct
24
2014
exeler0
exeler0

Just tried a sample a nice SA gave me:

It does have some resemblance to Acqua di Parma Oud with a strong leather note in the beginning. Good (not great) sillage and projection, I still can feel it after 8h, but a bit too close to skin.

Oct
17
2014
lovescully
lovescully

So far this 'Essenze' line has been very impressive. I can't wait to test this one.

Sep
25
2014

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