I agree with foetidus' review, that the opening is a little sharp. Almost fruity, but a little bit of cinnamon red-hots. I agree with raindragon's review too! I realize that the "cinnamon red-hots" smell is very similar to Etro Heliotrope -- which is said to smell like almonds. It doesn't really smell like bitter almond oil to me. But it does smell nice. I do like sweet scents, but yes, this one may be a little *too* sweet for me. Vanilla. Heliotrope. And maybe a little lemon in the opening.
It's a perfume oil, as are the other BPAL scents I've tried. So beware of accidentally getting it on delicate fabrics.
To me, this is almonds, almonds, almonds, and I love it. I'm disappointed by how light a fragrance it is once it's on my skin, however - it becomes almost undetectable very shortly after application.
Whoa! The first blast comes on strong as if it is an imp that couldn’t wait to get out of the bottle. Dana O’Shee is a Serge Lutens Rahat Loukhoum type fragrance – at least at first it is, but it very quickly loses its potency. I’m not sure I would even call a gourmand… More like an almond honey sweetness that’s actually quite comfortable and huggable on the skin. Rather nice, but in the end, I get tired of simply sweet smells quickly. It has a decent longevity.