Ambre Nuit by Francois Demachy for DIOR 2009 and new Raf Simmons Interview

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I found this wonderful interview with the new DIOR designer Raf Simmons, he talks very well about some of the places he sees DIOR venturing and how he has brought Christian Dior’s vision to the catwalk in 21st century styling. He also engages me when he smiles about how short his lead in time was, extraordinary that the work is as good as it is. I will be very interested to see how he takes the reins and how he manages to reinvent DIOR’s couture after the ghastly bigoted debacle that was. As this is a fragrance blog I needed a tie in so I went looking through the DIOR Couturier Collection (now known as the Dior La Collection Privée) samples I bought from SurrenderToChance to find a scent that I hadn’t yet reviewed that I felt fitted with the Spring/Summer 2013 DIOR Pret-A-Porter.

Ambre Nuit by DIOR 2009

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Grapefruit, bergamot, Turkish rose, pink pepper, amber (spices, Turkish rose, ambergris, gaiac wood, cedar wood and patchouli: extras from Olfactoria’sTravels)

Ambre Nuit opens on  my skin with a burning amber and sharp, sweet, peppered citrus. It’s all spicy confusion for a moment and then quickly as it started the madness calms and lightest woods come through with a salty, oily, wet ambergris and everything goes soft focus for a while. I am fragrant but my nose picks out nothing more than that, TSO Jin says it is still very fragrant and that he can smell me still from the other end of the couch, but Ambre Nuit is quite lost to me unless I move around and it huffs from my top and then I am surprised by its delightful intensity.

It’s nearly an hour before I smell the rose but when it comes through the whole fragrance changes and goes almost tea-ish, definitely a spicy, gourmand, tea rose. A full bodied stunner of a rose fragrance, though not loud at all, Ambre Nuit is a whisper fragrance that has good sillage but its scent bubble is slight, noticeable if you are looking for it but otherwise ambient. a perfect work scent for him or her. Almost a clean scent but with none of the laundry style clean connotations. Clean skin, freshly washed and presented for edification. Ambre Nuit smells to me like you are wearing an incredibly lavish and luxe body lotion, that’s how quiet and clean it feels. Not even the most fragrance phobic work spaces could complain of this subtle and delicious beauty.

For something so soft it is surprisingly tenacious and Jin can smell it next morning on me still, though I am completely anosmic to it.

Photo Stolen

For further reading OlfactoriasTravels and CandyPerfumeBoy both have fallen for Ambre Nuit’s charms, albeit in different ways.
SurrenderToChance starts at $3/ml
Bottles are available at VERY select Department Stores and DIOR boutiques

This is a perfect mid season fragrance to me, are there a couple you like to grab when it’s neither hot nor cold? The in betweenies that you pull out in anticipation of the extreme seasons but could not wear during the super hot or cold? Please share them in the comments. we love the conversation.

Also PerfumePosse Guest Post this week is about the new CHANEL No 5 marketing magic with a mini movie that tells a rose coloured version of the CHANEL No 5 story, take it with a grain of salt but it is GORGEOUS!!

Whatever you have to do today, make sure there is a window left for you. It can only take 5 minutes of “you” time to get through another 24 hours, clear your head, revitalise you.
Till tomorrow,wishing you a day with at least a moment of happiness, hopefully more.
Portia xx

Interview Raf Simons – After DIOR Spring/Summer 2013 Ready-To-Wear Show

8 comments on “Ambre Nuit by Francois Demachy for DIOR 2009 and new Raf Simmons Interview

  1. Tara says:

    Great positivity Portia, much appreciated!

    I got a sample of this from Selfridges last weekend and agree it’s perfect for “in-between” weather. I understand it was originally part of the men’s cologne collection but agree it’s totally unisex. I’m looking forward to getting to know it better. Too bad you don’t get much past the opening.

    Other perfumes I might put in this category would be Parfums d’Empire Equistrius, Malle’s Une Rose and Dior’s Bois d’Argent and Diorella.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi Tara,
      I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Equistrius but Une Rose and Bois d’Argent are gorgeous, and totally unisex. Diorella is one of the few Diors that I have yet to get.
      How cool that we are trying the same frags even though its not new. Synchronicity.
      Portia xx

  2. sinnerman01 says:

    New Dior boutique opens in old Louis Vuitton building very soon ! Yippi 🙂

  3. ladyjicky says:

    Mmmm – wonder if this range will come to Oz. .
    Portia – you must smell Diorella – it has been reformulated and so – not as wonderful as it was along time ago but …. its still not bad at all and I have Always worn this in summer – its a fabbo Aussie heat scent.
    If you like amber – give L” Occitane’s Ambre Room Spray a spritz – its rather yummy PLUS you can buy refils!!! Yeah!!! Its lovely to spray on cold days in your rooms – well, that is what I do.
    Still on the Amber ….. if you can get your paws on the perfume called Annie Pliska – divine with a thread of orange in it.
    * I do not mind at all if you review some of the oldies that can be found around the stores – its interesting to read others impressions in the comments too. 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Thanks LadyJicky.
      I hope we get the fabulous DIOR’s at the new Flagship Store here in Sydney. that would be awesome.
      I will search out your recommendations.
      Portia xx

  4. Undina says:

    I like Ambre Nuit. Not sure if I need it in my collection but we’ll see once my samples are gone 😉

    I can’t believe you haven’t tried Diorella! Let me know if you can’t easy get to try it (or if you try and want some more for further studies ;)) I’ll be glad to send you some.

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