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Amber creeeeeeam, this is your party and we're just all guests here. Inhaling both bottle and on skin, I'm surrounded by a very strong cream with some golden cologny vibes, no doubt aided by the bergamot (a classic ingredient in men's cologne) and the earthiness of the ambrette seed. The throw and intensity is substantial, as subtle as the ten minutes after a Florida sunrise. (Not subtle at all ;))  In many ways, it's the perfume oil equivalent of Dead Leaves, Cream Amber, and Lemon Peel, with citrus and musky/soapy notes supporting the starring Amber Cream.

 

In several years of BPAL now, I've been drawn to amber cream in several blends, only to find it more and more cologne-headache-ville as my nose develops. I almost blind-bottled Golden Sunrise, but I'm glad I didn't and got a chance to try it first. For those who haven't experienced amber cream, it's quite different than regular amber. There's a piercing quality that cuts through the way jasmine does, the cream like a heady cloud of in-your-face perfume rather than dairy-ish cream. I don't think it's a note that works well for me anymore, but this is a beautifully blended perfume in spite of this, and I highly recommend it to amber cream fans.

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Oh, this is a thickly creamy amber cream, with -- somehow, for me -- creamy cognac. Or perhaps creamy Cointreau... once the bergamot weighs in.

 

Compared with my memories of Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements (polished tortoiseshell, ivory, mahogany, amber cream) and Amber Lace (sweet amber, golden oudh, vanilla cream, white cognac, saffron, warm golden musk), the amber cream in Golden Sunrise feels thicker, heavier, and richer to me. It's a cream lover's amber cream. As this blend dries, I find the ambrette, and I think it's adding to the weight.

 

I'm a cream devotee, so I will need to consider a bottle of this one, even though I already love on bottles of the others above.

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Creamy amber and a whiff of bergamot. This is a cream and amber blend. Good throw and wear length.

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In the Bottle:
The lab's glorious amber cream note and a subtle citrus muskiness

 

On the Skin:
As above but with the amber cream much stronger.  The bergamot emerges to give a really beautiful fresh and creamy combination the the amber cream.  This is a beauty!  More brassy than gold

 

On the Drydown:
Drydown is a musky ambrette supported by the amber cream and still a waft of bergamot.  Beautiful and multiple bottle worthy.

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More cool-toned than the warmth you expect from "Golden" in the name. The bergamot makes this super fresh-feeling, like just-stepped-out-of-the-shower fresh, with a just-laundered robe wrapped around your body to protect you from the temperature shift between steamy hot water and cool ambient air. The ambrette is subtle at first but comes out stronger as it dries, pushing the bergamot aside and making the scent warmer. It's really lovely, despite not being my usual vibe! (I expected it to be a bit heavier, but I blame my skin and how it gobbles some of the lab's ambers, apparently including amber cream.)

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