I ended last year talking about a star, so I am going to begin the new one with the other half of that star, Xerjoff’s ‘Amber Star.’ First of all, I just want to say that I am a big fan of the amber note. There was a time I couldn’t get enough of it, and loo0king at my wardrobe I know that I have a lot of amber scents. Over the years, I have mellowed on it – living in warmer weathered States made me resist it a little bit.
But right now, coupled with a very brisk (for me) 46 degrees, I am truly enjoying ‘Amber Star.’ It’s a nice rich amber – warm and enveloping, and it is smooth – the benzoin mix makes it smell elegant, without the roughness of, say, Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan. With the floral top note of ylang ylang, it truly is beautiful, in the best possible way.
But again, I ask, is it worth it? If I had all the money in the world and no care about spending it, I can think of a couple more amber scents that I love just as much. I will not deny that this scent is truly special, and is well done, and has superior quality, so in a sense the price can certainly be justified, but still….