The opening of Lentisque is quite strong a even a bit unique. I would guess that the dominant note is the ambret seeds, which, if I am correct, presents a surface of dry, rustic amber with a sweeter, more regular amber note shadowing it. The heart notes are apparently supposed to go into a floral accord, which does come across to me in a light, discreet package: a touch of jasmine, rose, and iris in a unified floral accord which shifts with the amber accord in a come and go way. The floral / amber heart deserves the label “transparent” if anything does… it is light and filmy but it still possesses character. For the drydown I get more amber – rather a straightforward, transparent amber, but so light. It’s so light that I can’t even tell if the drydown is sweet or not.
I’m tempted to say that Lentisque is too weak to be a viable fragrance for most scentiphiles, but I won’t do that because I do think it has a place in the aromatic -scheme of things. It makes a wonderful, long lasting skin sent that feels light / rich / natural rather than contrived. It has a sweet / dry… almost gourmand feel that is sensual on a near-subconscious level.
I want to love this scent, because I can smell the basis for something wonderful. The fragrance strength is so weak though that I have to fight to distinguish the notes, and then fight to smell it at all in just an hour. So sad. What I do smell when I can is lovely though.
Described as a 'voluptuous amber' in some reviews I was looking forward to trying Lentisque. Boy what a disappointment!
It isn't offensive, It was just so weak, Turkish Rose Absolute, Jasmine, Haitian Vetiver, amber, they are all friends of mine and I recognized none of them in the sample of Lentisque I tried.
Back to truly voluptuous ambers for me, Ambre Sultan, Ambre Precieux, Ambre Russe, now those are voluptuous!