Monday, December 01, 2008

L'Artisan Parfumeur Amber Ball

The hand-carved Terracotta Amber Ball by L'Artisan Parfumeur is a yearly tradition, suited for the holiday season to scent our living space with the warm, sweet, slightly spicy and piquant, deliciously intoxicating scent of amber. The fragrance itself smells to me like their L'Eau d'Amber (1978) and Ambre Extrême (2001) fragrances, the latter which was either composed or reorchestrated by Hermès in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena (if anyone knows who created the original L'eau d'Ambre, I'd love to know). The amber balls come in various sizes ranging in cost, and look stunning, perfect for display. Amber refills are available through L'Artisan Parfumeur. If you're curious about what they smell like, here's a way to roughly sample the scent: In the USA, visit to order 5 fragrance samples for a $7 shipping fee. Ambre Extreme and L'eau d'Ambre are on the selection list. Happy tidings of comfort and joy!