It is interesting to note how Megumi performs on my (male) skin. The fruity notes are not prominent. Similarly, the florals are lovely yet not too sweet. For me, the peppery spice notes lead, supported and softened by florals and light fruit. I call the opening phase “green aromatic,” and it is very attractive and dynamic. Then, mysterious oud starts to blossom, and it provides a very intriguing segue into the lower notes. At first it gives a bracing edge to the fuzzy moss. Then it combines with vetiver to give a smoky wood/grass chord. Finally the oud itself takes centre stage, but now it is supported and modulated by all the previous notes. I think this is another brilliantly designed green scent by Ayala. I also think it would be an excellent introduction to oud for the uninitiated. Sometimes oud can be overpowering or highly distinctive; here it is marvelous and very attractive. This can be a unisex scent, I like it a lot.
A beautiful fruity chypre, the fragrance I carry in my purse. It's not as exuberantly outgoing as Femme de Rochas, nor is it introverted/melancholy like Mitsouko. It's confident and sophisticated without being showy. I have the solid form, which is very long-lasting. I love the apricot in the top note, rather than the more usual peach.
Gentle medly of wood, warm florals, and comforting spices. Feminine, soft fragrance.