I received a sweet little 2.2 ml bottle of Absinthe as a free "gift" with my Aftelier order. I find these perfumes are best given a bit of concentration, so after a few days of reveling in Cacao, Cepes, and Rose Maroc, I opened the Absinthe and dabbed a bit on.
It's a cocktail party! The first mouthful is straight vanilla extract, a bit surprising, and the second is a blast of Pernod with lemon, you feel enchanted and a bit poisoned all at once. Suddenly, someone sprays you with Shalimar, demanding that you down a shot of straight vodka! Overwhelmed, you retreat to the sauna, which is made of salty cedar. You are wearing nothing but emeralds, which makes the hangover bearable.
This perfume would be perfect evening wear if you had to attend something boring, and wanted a little dramatic story you could escape into. Like the other Afteliers, it is subtle, strange, elegant, and fun.