Oriental fragrances, also described as “ambery” fragrances, are a perfume family characterised by rich, warm, and spicy scent, often associated with the Middle East and Asia.
They typically contain a blend of exotic spices, resins, and balsams, with heavy base notes that cause them to linger on the skin. They can be quite powerful, so a little goes a long way.
The term “ambery” refers to the warm and resinous notes that are common in these fragrances. Amber is a fossilised resin with a warm, earthy scent, often used as a base note in oriental fragrances. The most popular example on offer at Lusso Collective is the Ambra Nera eau de parfum by Ortigia.
Other common ingredients in these perfumes include vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and patchouli, as detected in the 01 eau de parfum by Milan label Rhizome, which combines patchouli with incense.
One of the defining characteristics of oriental fragrances is their complexity. Often containing many different notes, they can change over time as they interact with the wearer's body chemistry. The top notes of an oriental fragrance might be spicy or citrusy, while the heart notes might be floral or woody, rounded out with warm and resinous base notes.
Often associated with luxury and sensuality, oriental fragrances are popular choices for evening wear and special occasions.