I got a bottle of Ambra di Venezia parfum when I was 18, along with the lush matching lotion. I bought it in a store called Takashimaya. (Takashimaya is a Japanese luxury department store. There used to be one on Fifth Avenue.) It smelled huge to me back then and it does now too. I felt sinfully adult when I wore it. I pictured it someday sitting on a vanity table in my “boudoir:” a decadent title that no bedroom I’ve had has lived up to.
This is what I think a woman who wears Ambra di Venezia looks like:
She dresses up every day, in bright colors, and has a bit of a throaty voice.
Ambra di Venezia smells to me like a sweet amber tuberose, with a side of jasmine and citrus and a dose of dark humor. From top to bottom, it’s a sultry and slightly dangerous fragrance that you should really only wear on your most confident days.
The note list is as follows, from Aedes.com:
Top Notes: bergamot, lime, tangerine
Middle Notes: jasmine, narcissus, mango
Base Notes: sandalwood
(I listed amber and tuberose too under “Categories.”)
I don’t remember it coming with a note list (unless I lost it, which is likely.) The note list isn’t anything like I expected. But there is something very ripe about it. I never would have guessed mango, but now I can see how it fits. The sandalwood starts out light and becomes stronger. Ambra di Venezia also gets fruitier as it goes on, but it doesn’t lose that sexy, slightly carnivalesque appeal. The drydown is softer than the come-on.
A lot of these deep fragrances seem to have something dark about them. Ambra di Venezia doesn’t. That’s quite a feat.
Perfumer: Rayda Vega
Price Range: Expensive
Recommended Occasion: Sultry
Release Year: 1998
My Rating: 8.5