I read all the scathing reviews of this new version and still bought a 1-oz to test because...you never know. I figured, even if it doesn't smell like the old one, maybe I'd still like the new one? So, I poured a tester candle, let it cure for two weeks and am burning it now. I will say that OOB smelled sort of like old Amber Noir and CT even smelled a bit like old Amber Noir but HT is NOTHING like old Amber Noir. I have the old Amber Noir burning in one room and the new Amber Noir burning in another room....not AT ALL the same. I can't even pinpoint what this new one smells like, but if you were hoping it would be the same as the old version, you will be sorely disappointed. This is incredibly upsetting because it was my absolute favorite FO of the literally 100s that I have bought. Candle Science, you really cannot claim that this smells the same as the old one when it absolutely does not.
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REVISION NOTICE: It is our policy to notify customers if any part of a fragrance was changed for any reason.
As of June 30, 2021, our Amber Noir fragrance oil was revised to meet our new stringent safety standards to remove ingredients with similar characteristics to phthalates and those on the Prop 65 List. The original strength and fragrance characteristics have been preserved. To see details of the previous version, click here.
As one of our bestselling fragrances (and a personal favorite of our staff!) this revision was a big one. An Amber Noir CleanScent™ replacement has been in the works for years and we refused to compromise on the characteristics that make this fragrance so good. Sweet and sensual top notes of fruity plum and citrus merge with a heart of sultry amber and jasmine, resting on base notes of musk and amyris. This iteration maintains the fragrance’s signature complex and sensual scent that makes it so well suited as a year-round luxury fragrance perfect for candles, wax melts, or bath and body products.
This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including cypress, cedarwood, patchouli, mandarine/tangerine, orange sweet, nootka tree, and davana.
Alternative branding ideas: Jasmine & Cedar, Amber Musk, White Citrus Blossom, Amber Cedar
Top: Plum, Citrus
Middle: Amber, Jasmine
Base: Dark Musk, Amyris, Benzoin
Suggested colors: light brown, light yellow, orange, natural
Note: Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.
|Candle Safe||Yes||Usage: 3-10%|
|Soap Safe||Yes||Usage: 2-5%|
|Vanillin Content||0.01% - 2%|
|Prop 65 Warning Required||No|
|Diffuser Base Compatible||No|
*Usage amounts are recommendations only. Individual usage amounts can vary based on your desired fragrance strength, wax type, soap base, or lotion base. See IFRA certificate for max usage levels.
Cold Process Soap Performance
Lye Water Temperature 96ºF
Oil temperature 98ºF
We experienced slight acceleration but no separation. We had a nice light trace but with two quick pulses of the stick blender it came to a thick trace. The batter did not stiffen or thicken as we poured it into the mold. After 24 hours, the soap had discolored to a slight beige color and the scent was strong, with a more dominant spice note than the fragrance does out of the bottle. We observed that the soap had almost reached a full gel. After 30 days, the soap discolored to a tan shade and the scent remained strong and was more balanced overall. Hand stirring the fragrance in at a light trace may allow additional work time for a more detailed design.
Would be a nice fragrance if it were new. Does not pass for Amber Noir at all! Is it possible it was contaminated with black sea???
I got a sample of this one solely to compare to the previous version after seeing the scathing reviews. Seriously, you guys? It is not much different from the previous version. I compared the two on a blotter strip and to my tester candles and the differences are subtle. It still smells musky, dark, sultry, and amazing. Buyers beware: take reviews with a grain of salt. I think it smells pretty similar and I'm glad I got this one to test out.
This fragrance cannot pass as Amber Noir it is totally different. So so bummed. Please redo it.
I'm not sure what Amber Noir smelled like before being revised but I love this scent. Its masculine without being too strong.
As others, I'm of course affected by the update of this FO, but I honestly don't think it's dramatically different. I think it smells great still, and anyone saying otherwise is just being dramatic. Thank you, CS, for your continued commitment to be well above the industry standard and expectation, and delivering another "clean scent."
I don't know what you all have to do to make it smell like the original Amber Noir. But this absolutely smells like black sea I don't like it and unfortunately this was one of my best sellers I don't like the scent black sea and what you Did was duplicate it. I hope that you do listen to these reviews and go back answer the laboratory and try again cause it's awful.
I was going to leave a review the day I got it with low stars because right away I could smell the difference and there was a harsh after smell however I thought I would be wise not to judge it from the bottle and use it in one of my products. Let me also mention when I bought this I was attempting to buy the original one and somehow ended up with this one which is even more upsetting since I bought 5lbs for a new product launch I was working on. Never in my life would I buy 5 lbs of something I'm not 100% about and tested. I'd buy a sampler first!!.... anyways so I made my homemade lotion and bodywash and added it in... used it on myself and 30 mins after my shower I had to re-shower to take it off. The after smell is so harsh and nauseating. I tried so hard to convince myself It wasn't bad but my husband who normally loves this scent on me hated it and my 7yr old too. It's such a shame because I used this in my cold process soap and my clients loved it. It gained so much popularity that I just invested in using this in lotions and body washes... I paid 1$ per label since it was weather proof for use in the shower but figured it was worth it for this scent... I never even got to use 1 label so I'm sure this will hurt business and it's hurt my pocket deeply. Why fix something that's not broken and apparently everyone, even your own staff loved?? Even Worse maybe tell us way in advance when you plan on making such a big switch on us.
I'm short $100 on oil, $700+ on labels, ingredients and bottles and I just lost a great selling product. I'm infuriated and will be dreaming of all the losses. This scent is an absolute no for me.