Beauty tip: Save on cult-hit fragrance

I‘m not sure if it’s the case everywhere, but right now all the cool girls are wearing Ambre Essence where I live. It’s a lovely fragrance that wafts behind you and stays all day. It’s not cloying, it’s grounded, and it’s really natural smelling. It’s also not cheap. It’s sold in boutiques and fetches as much as a department store brand (slightly less than $50 for a roll-on applicator).

When I was at The Influence Conference a couple weekends ago, I smelled the familiar aroma of Ambre Essence and complimented the sweet girl wearing the fragrance. She looked at me like I had five eyes.  Not only had she never heard of the designer fragrance I was referencing, but she plainly stated what she was wearing was cheap and from Whole Foods.

Is There Really a Knockoff?

This is where things got slightly embarrassing and I got slightly giddy. Had I found a knockoff to a perfume I thought was so unique? Did I find an option that was less than half the price?  Surely not, because I’d Googled “Ambre Essence Knockoff” (so classy!) months ago. So, I high-tailed it to Whole Foods at the first chance I got and gave it a whiff. Sure enough, this Whole Foods perfume (it’s only $7.99 in the store) was a dead ringer for the fancy fragrance oil sold at the high-end boutiques.

So, if you’ve been looking for a cheaper option to Ambre Oil–this is your dead-on-nobody-will-know knockoff. And, if you’ve never heard of Ambre Essence, head to Whole Foods (or order online) and thank me later. This scent smells lovely on every woman and is kind of mysterious and not-trying-too-hard sexy. It’s a home-run and an instant “signature scent”. You’ll thank me for helping you smell great, and your Christmas budget will thank me for saving some money for gifts!

Do you have a signature scent? Have you heard of Ambre oil?

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  1. I was sosurprised to see this post! I have been using Persian Garden for a year now. I first smelled it on my niece who happens tobe an actress. I was sold on it! However the price is a bit higher where I live, coming in at $10. So worth it the little secret!

  2. so happy you wrote about this. I remember you talking about this back in March and I was so happy to find something that I could try without feeling like I would be wasting a ton of money if I didn’t like it. Bought two different kinds of that brand. Yeee Haw!

  3. I bought some today after reading this & seeing The Nester’s purchases on instagram! Hayley- it is DIVINE!!!

  4. now i want to high-tail it to Whole Foods and get a whiff of this stuff!!


  5. no one here has this so maybe i’ll be all “early adopter” when I pick some up tomorrow? 😉

  6. I’m one of those who still uses bath&body works body spray. Talk about classy. So this is right up my alley. Can’t wait to try! Thanks!! 😀

  7. This post is quite useful for all girls.I love to use the body spray or perfumes.Next time i am going to surly buy this one.

  8. OMG I went to buy “Kumba Made” persian Garden! I love this ! Everybody wants to know what i am wearing! It smells amazing and last all day! Thank you tsh ! only cost me $9.99.
    Tsh i am a big fan of yours keep up the good work and God bless you!
    Monique from new jersey

  9. The only difference is Ambre Blends are all-natural and Kuumba Made fragrances are synthetic – that is, if that issue matters to you.

  10. Natural musk involves killing animals, so I’ll take the synthetic musk in Kuumba Made, thank you!

  11. Dana R. says:

    Kuumba has been around *a lot longer* than Ambre. That makes Ambre the (overpriced, imo) “knock-off”.

  12. I was bummed when my bottle I bought from my natural food store was way weaker than the tester. This happens with Pacifica perfumes as well. The one I got doesn’t last at all and you can barely smell it. Bummer I love it so much.

  13. I agree with the above. I bought the roll on and I can hardly smell it, so much weaker than the tester bottle. I wonder what is with that? At this rate the tiny roll on will be done with in a week! Maybe I’m better off with the higher priced Ambre brand.

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