Despite being inexpensive The Mother’s Golden Amber is terrific. It’s not a resinous labdanum/rock rose smell (which is what amber normally means in Western perfumery) but rather a sweet, warm, almost creamy smell without any resin at all. Mike over at Olfactory Rescue Service has referred to certain Indian ambers as being “pink ambers” and I can’t think of a better term. Pink amber is the perfect way to describe this sugary, cheerful incense enriched with a touch of soft, creamy musk and a hint of vanilla.
While Golden Amber is not particularly layered or complex, it smells delightful just the same. It’s easy to enjoy this sweet and playful incense and it in many ways exemplifies the best aspects of good Indian incenses: affordable, accessible, and agreeable.
It’s easy for anyone to enjoy– you do not need to be an expert or have an experienced nose to appreciate Golden Amber. It immediately charms with a sweet aroma enriched with a mild, velvety musk. There is a floral undertone that has a faint touch of rose, but it is the rich, smooth musk that is the most dominant, after the the sweet pink amber. There is also a very small suggestion of cool cinnamon, but again the focus is the unique pink amber note accented by creamy musk.
It’s incenses like this that make the $5 a stick and up Japanese stuff seem pretentious and exhausting.