My 5 Favourite Ambroxan Fragrances For Men


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Looking for a men’s fragrance that is tantalisingly fresh with alluringly warm edges? Ambroxan is the way to go! The best ambroxan fragrances for men are salty and fresh yet have a sensual sweet and spicy warmness.

Ambroxan is a synthetic chemical replacement for ambergris; a natural compound found in the digestive tract of the sperm whale. This animal-friendly alternative works incredibly well with masculine fragrances that contain citrus, woods and spices.

What does ambroxan smell like? The note of Ambroxan has a fresh salty smell with hints of warm amber and gentle woods. It can also have a subtle sweet twang of fruits and musk, even revealing a subtle scent of marine mammal.

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5 Best Ambroxan Fragrances For Men Reviewed

After sampling no less than 16 ambroxan heavy scents for this article, here is my take on the best ambroxan fragrances for men. Enjoy!

1. Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum

Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum

Review

Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum is a woody men’s fragrance packing a punch of ambroxan that adds a welcome contrast of freshness.

A bright opening of bergamot is nicely spiced with pink pepper and clary sage. Hints of vetiver and leather in the heart leads to an ambroxan and wood base that is fresh and manly.

This spring/summer/fall scent performs well with decent sillage and projection. I find I need to re-apply after 4+ hours. Jump straight to my full review of this fragrance in our 10 Best Montblanc Fragrances For Men article.

Top Notes:

Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Clary Sage

Mid Notes:

Haitian Vetiver, Leather

Base Notes:

Ambroxan, Akigalawood, Indonesian Patchouli Leaf, Cacao Pod

2. Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum

Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum

Review

Never to be overlooked, Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum is a spicy ambroxan-bomb and remains the king of the compliment.

Leading with zesty bergamot, pepper and lavender, this is one classy act. After 10 minutes, this fragrance becomes fantastically ambroxan heavy with hints of vanilla that bring out the best of spices and lavender—still a wow! from me.

This any-season men’s fragrance is a star performer, with the EDP version lasting 7+ hours with good sillage and projection. Jump straight to my full review of this fragrance in our 20 Most Complimented Men’s Fragrances article.

Top Notes:

Bergamot

Mid Notes:

Lavender, Pepper, Star Anise, Nutmeg

Base Notes:

Ambroxan, Vanilla

3. Versace Dylan Blue Eau de Toilette

Versace Dylan Blue Eau de Toilette

Review

Versace Dylan Blue Eau de Toilette is an easy-to-wear fresh and spicy masculine fragrance that possesses a cheeky smokey edge once it dries down.

The opening is zesty and fresh with bergamot and grapefruit. A hit of ambroxan in the heart brings a flood of amber infused marine notes, supported by pepper and patchouli. A smokey/musky heart adds depth and masculinity.

For me, this is ideal as your spring/summer scent, perhaps autumn too. Performance is good at 6+ hours. Jump straight to my full review of this fragrance in our 10 Best Versace Fragrances For Men article.

Top Notes:

Watery Notes, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fig Leaf

Mid Notes:

Violet Leaf, Papyrus, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Ambroxan

Base Notes:

Musk, Incense, Tonka Bean, Saffron

4. Bvlgari Le Gemme TYGAR Eau de Parfum

Bvlgari Le Gemme TYGAR Eau de Parfum

Review

Bvlgari TYGAR Eau de Parfum is an ultra-fresh combination of citrus and sweet ambery ambroxan that is incredibly masculine and smells classy, designer and expensive.

A sharp grapefruit opening is soon balanced by a massive dose of ambroxan that packs a solid amber/marine punch with musky edges. A base of rich wood adds a classy finishing touch; a solid release from Bvlgari.

This is a fragrance that you will be looking forward to wearing in spring and summer. Its 6+ hours of longevity (with good sillage and projection) came as a welcome surprise. Jump straight to my full review of this fragrance in our 10 Best Bvlgari Fragrances for Men article.

Top Notes:

Grapefruit

Mid Notes:

Ambroxan

Base Notes:

Woody Notes

5. Alfred Dunhill Century Blue Eau de Parfum

Alfred Dunhill Century Blue Eau de Parfum

Review

Dunhill Century Blue Eau de Parfum is a modern woody aromatic fragrance. It cranks up the feel-good factor by pairing ambroxan with zesty fruit, spices and masculine florals.

Bright orange and zesty bergamot kick thing off and are dusted with black pepper. The middle is spicy thanks to ginger plus some powdery iris provides lift. The ambroxan base unleashes a tidal wave of salty marine notes with warm amber edges.

Ideal for spring and summer, Century Blue lasts 4+ hours, so you may want to overspray if out until the early hours. Jump straight to my full review of this fragrance in our 10 Best Dunhill Fragrances For Men article.

Top Notes:

Black Pepper, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot

Mid Notes:

Iris, Styrax, Neroli, Ginger

Base Notes:

Sea Salt, Oak moss, Patchouli, Ambroxan

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Best Smelling Ambroxan Fragrance For Men

If I had to pick the best smelling ambroxan mens fragrance, it’s Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum. Its fresh and vibrant ambroxan note works well with the citrus/pepper top and woody base.

Conclusion

My full bottles of Explorer Eau de Parfum and Sauvage Eau de Parfum.

After testing all these ambroxan fragrances I ended up purchasing full bottles of both Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum and Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum. Explorer is ideal for daytime wear, and Sauvage is more suited for late afternoon and evening wear.

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