This is a very nice adaptation of the original Samsara.
A mint note dominates the top. Sprayed close to the skin it can veer a little too close to toothpaste, but when misted it keeps a very dry herbal character. While the original floral heart is a fine ylang-jasmine blend, Un Air leans more towards jasmine. There is also a noticeable rose note if you look for it. The florals, though, are toned down in general. The base is the same excellent sandalwood as the vintage original.
Un Air de Samsara goes on strongly minty, but it fades quickly, faster than most Guerlain edts.
I prefer the original for is floral lushness and rich base. I use Un Air, though, for layering with vintage Samsara. It makes a beautiful contrast and is perfect for breezy spring days.
I agree with Awsomeness. I much prefer the original Samsara. There is something not quite right with this one and longevity is not great. It's still ok on occasions or if you are afraid of Samsara.
The missing link between Vol de Nuit and Samsara, but brighter and happier than either. Very fresh, springlike opening with greens (mint), bergamot and narcissus. The narcissus reminding of VdN, but here it gets warmer with jasmine in the heart while powdery sandal and vanilla sneaks up from the base. Un Air is far lighter than Samsara, in fact that is my problem with it. The base is gorgeous and very Guerlain in its quality, a scent to bury your nose in - but its a little too light. I think of it as a Cinderella perfume - a wonder for one evening, then its (very) gone.
Wow! This stuff is amazing. I absolutely love this take on Samsara! Much more "user friendly" for casual wear and a great alternative to the original.
IMHO, GREAT FOR GUYS TOO!
The mintiness of the Samsara variation lightens it up so, seemingly setting the earthbound sandalwood confection free. I love it in the summer. I perceive it as a cross bwtween Guerlain's monumental Samsara, and their Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca (though not as yellow-green). It sounds unlikely, but it works beautifully!