Powerful, deep, slap-in-the-head opening of jasmin, heliotrope and immortelle on aromatic cedar woods – rich, carnal and daring, a bit morbid and overhelming with a hint of mind-blowing decadent mess, but that is how "power" scents work. BayKAT's review below correctly recalls L'Heure Bleue - different components, but that's the kind of feel. I smell a sort of weird, balsamic-camphor base which somehow amplifies and surrounds this – making the texture almost resemble to the dense power of tuberose-based scents, to which this one in fact smells alike. Perfectly-balanced citrus notes (thank God) refresh the texture. As minutes pass it progressively becomes more and more mellow and sweet, settling down a quite natural powdery floral fragrance, still with a disturbing kind of cloying/rancid note with a weird resinous note floating over like a zombie crow, and an ambery/frankincense subtle base. I frankly can not like this completely, or better say, I am still unsure about when/how to wear this - bold, rich, complex, somptuous, viscious carnal flowers, still with nothing leathery/animalic to provide a darker counterpart: challenging for sure.
16th April, 2014 (last edited: 24th April, 2014)
Lots & lots of heliotrope -
L'heure de nuit is similar
This is an interesting scent that wears differently me every time, and thus, this is my third review.
This opens with a nice floral accord, ala l'heure bleue, and fans of that scent would surely. like this one. This maintains the melancholy florals throughout and is an interesting blend of 'sweet florals' and 'skanky basenotes'. (Think Lady Gaga doing a Disney Special)
One thing that i get with every wearing now is the vetiver/musk drydown. this only starts to 'stinky' on me after 10 hours of wear, so judge your time accordingly. my one complaint with this note in any perfume is that it leaves your clothes smelling 'stinky' upon next wear, and i don't like to wash my sweaters that often.
20th February, 2010 (last edited: 10th March, 2010)