This is an amber vanilla based oriental, similar to Shalimar and Emeraude.
Odd that Scherrer should try to resurrect a copy of those greats in 1993, so against the times, and I'm not surprised that it failed.
Barbara Herman describes this as a floral and amber scent supported by a civet dominated woody base - a powdery, sweet gourmand.
For me, it never gets beyond the amber vanilla stage, so is rather simplistic. As a copy of a category of greats, it's not bad. It's just not good enough to hold its own or strike new ground.
Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Peach
Middle: Jasmine, Muguet, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Lilac, Heliotrope
Base: Sandalwood, Cedar, Vanilla, Benzoin, Ambrein, Musk, Tonka, Civet
This has civet? Huh. Well, I don't get any hint of that, which is probably a good thing. To me, this is a typical 90's version of a scent intended for older, monied women. A brisk, intense beginning of citruses and spices that fades quickly into a rich floral powder-amber. I agree that the lasting power on this isn't so much, and it does remind me of a lot of fragrances that have already been done - Raffinee, L'Heure Bleue, Byzance without the slightly harsh-narcotic white flower note, even Shalimar somewhat. There's not really anything that sets this apart that I can tell. I suppose that if you like the powdery-orientals but find them too strong and after a while they suffocate, this might be a nice alternative that fades before it becomes too much.
I finally got my Scentagious sample of this & I was so excited. The bottle of this is so very pretty. I thought I was going to love this one, but I didn't.
This scent was inspired by the 1908 painting 'The Kiss'. It was described as a floral oriental. I found it lacking in the oriental base- and with little depth. The base notes just didn't develop at all.
On me it had no tenacity; the spices & citrus notes didn't come alive. It had more of a powdery drydown with lily of the valley, rose & violet. A little reminiscent of Byzance and L'Heure Bleue mixed together in my opinion. The lasting power is terrible as well on my skin. When this drys down it stays close to the skin ie no sillage on me.
Notes as listed by Scentagious.com
Top notes: bergamot, mandarin, peach, boise de rose
Heart notes: jasmine, lily of the valley, lilac, heliotrope, cedarwood
Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, benzoin, tonka, civet