Hmmm -- I think we used to make pomanders like this in Sister Elizabeth's first grade class. We stuck cloves in oranges and then let the oranges dry. We then gave these clove-studded oranges to our mothers. The smell was marvelous, you bet, but for FAR less moolah.
Over-the-top spices and orange in the opening—actually I really enjoy it, but it’s not exactly something to be worn out in public—it’s better to wait a while after application before going out. Fortunately, this aggressive spice attack lasts only a few minutes and then settles down to a quite excellent orange spice accord that’s a bit aromatic (probably the cloves). Spezie de Medici, once it settles down is quite simple and unchanging, but this is not a criticism because its simplicity provides a very endearing, close to the skin spice experience, which would be even nicer if it lasted longer. This is a full, rich, lower register spice accord lovingly supporting a clean and pure orange note, and it’s quite lovely.