Wow, looks like I'm the first to review this in 3 years. I think it's safe to say it is NOT a very mainstream frag. While I can see why, with a market flooded with many similar scents, it's lack of advertising and shelf space in brick & mortar stores, and it's relative higher price tag, I still think it lacks some of the attention it likely deserves. Illicit opens up beautifully, with a bright, fresh and natural citrus blend. I often have to fight the urge to over-spray this, simply for the opening alone. Within a couple of minutes, it transitions to a somewhat green & spicy middle with it's ivy and ginger notes. I've grown to enjoy the unique blend of this stage quite a bit as well. It's not overdone and imo, is what truly makes Illicit a unique and intriguing scent.
Things cool down considerably as it reaches it's base, where the wood and tea notes tame down the spice, retreating it to a fresh, clean, calmer, slightly sweet (but not overly so at all) and softer scent. While Illicit does have a bit of fresh and youthful vibe to it, it has enough character and kick to it for almost anyone to pull it off. It's blend also lends itself to good versatility. I've used it at the office and a wide variety of casual occasions. For an EDP, I don't feel I get the projection I'd hoped for, but with 3-5 sprays it's more than adequate for most situations and longevity as a skin scent has been pretty good. Overall, I enjoy my bottle of Illicit and use it fairly often.
The clean, fresh laundry but not soapy scent really got me. It's refreshing, mood elevating goodness. Sampled at Nordstrom, and I can't get it out of my head. I need to sample again to make sure, but this seems like a for sure thing I need to get.
Not too crazy about this one, albeit, it may have gone stale, but I find it to be a little too herbaceous. I do detect a little sweet but mostly greens and spicy with a hint of lavender.
This is like an EDP version of CK One. Spicier and greener. Was a blind buy -- not quite what I expected, but not bad at all.
The sales lady at Nordstrom insisted that I try this when I bought my bottle of Gendarme EDP. She said that it was her favorite clean scent. While it wasn't bad, there was nothing special about it to leave an impression on me. All I can remember was that it was fresh and slightly sweet. While JaimeB says that this is EDP strength in his review, it didn't last very long on my skin.
The packaging claims citrus, bergamot, ivy, ginger. I smell some wood in the base as well. It's an EdP strength. Kind of green at first (the ivy, I guess) and then sort of spicy and slightly sweet (ginger and bergamot?), but the green note persists.
Very nice, quite different from anything I've smelled before.
Keywords: Modern, clean, fresh, green, slightly spicy, and (maybe) young.
Worth a sniff, if you're not too much into traditional formulations. This one is different!