Ambre Eccentrico is a very warm and spicey unisex vanilla fragrance. Like most of the other prives in the opaque black flacons, AE is a heavier, cold weather fragrance. I could see this being suffocating in the heat, just like all the others from the “black line”.
The main notes I detect are vanilla, tonka, benzoin, and cardamom with an indistinguishable fruity accord sweetening up the composition. It somewhat reminds me of Tom Fords Noir fragrances in the black striated bottles, only less complex, less sweet, and with a heavy dose of cardamom.
This would be a very cozy scent to wear around the holidays. And while I DO find it too heavy and spicey for the summer, it’s not so overbearing to wear around others, say at holiday parties and such, since the projection is moderate for a black line prive. I emphasize that because others from the collection such as Rose d’Arabie, Oud Royal, and Myrrhe Imperiale are such intense and overbearing powerhouses that I could never recommend them to wear to any casual social gatherings. I see them more as going out, statement fragrances and not office friendly at all.
But Ambre Eccentrico is much easier to wear as it’s more laid back and mellow. Not so much of a powerhouse or “in your face”. While I love the idea of powerhouses, I also think it’s unfair play, and rude even, to assault other noses with them in confined quarters. So while I would very heavily caution against black bottle Armani Prives to wear in social settings, Ambre Eccentrico would be an exception.
This is a big warm cozy hug of a fragrance. And while it IS a thick, syrupy amber, it sits much closer to the skin as the projection is quite low, so it’s much more intimate. Wearing this makes me yearn for snow, sipping a hot coffee in front of a wood burning fire place, and toasting nuts in the fire.
If you are a vanilla fan, this is definitely one to check out, but keep in mind that it’s spicey, thick and to many gourmand aficionados, this one would be considered to lean masculine though on a grander scale I believe it is a very centered unisex. But delicious nonetheless.