I'm afraid I don't speak fragrance fluently enough yet to describe this scent adequately, but reading some of the other reviews I would agree that the immediate lime blast very rapidly calms down leaving a far too subtle sweetness.
I bought it several years ago and as I don't use it very often it's still going strong, which is good as I now see it's been discontinued.
The Don Juan of fruity fragrances - beautiful and talented, but over far too quickly, leaving only a trace of sweetness in its wake.
This has quite possibly the best opening of any lime fragrance Iíve encountered. I think it tops GFTís Lime in that department. Really like sticking your head in a bowl of freshly cut limes. However, like GFT, the longevity is very poor and after 30 minutes there really isnít anything left. If this were an aftershave and about 1/3 the cost it would be fantastic, but as a cologne at the given price I just canít give it a thumbs up.
Starts off with a very fresh lime note. E.g. Freshly cut limes, with the juice dripping out. Though as it fades, it becomes more and more synthetic smelling. It manages to maintain it's "lime flavor" until the end though as it mixes well with a noticeable neroli note. I am not a huge neroli fan, usually because the note comes off too powdery a lot of the time; but not in this case. I pretty much just get lime and neroli here.. and uhm.. a little leather? Maybe it's just me though.
Overall: Pretty good, if ya like lime. Starts off as a zesty, fresh lime, fades into a candy-like lime backed by neroli. Simple, easy, inoffensive. But, is it worth the price? Not to me. I'll take Gap: The Natural, for 8 bucks over this, if lime is what I crave.
This is the only Penhaligon's scent thus far to get a negative review from me. I agree completely with the reviewers that find this to be a cheat. The opening "lime" burst is exactly that of a restroom disinfectant - cheap and slimy. No fear - it's gone in ten minutes, leaving a warm woody petigrain - and that's it. It should be named Extract of Petitgrain. This is an outright failure in my opinion and ought to be discontinued again- why ever was it brought back?
Stick to the best lime available - Trumper's Extract of West Indian Limes. Caswell Massey's Lime, though a bit sweet and candyish, is acceptable as well.
20th June, 2011 (last edited: 13th July, 2011)