Gaiac is a spicy-woody scent loaded with warm, glueish resins, with a sweetish vanilla-cardamom frame revived by fruity-citrus hints, and with a (sadly) remarkable dose of cloves all over. Sticky, "white-yellow", bright and mellow, not bad but fairly monotone. After a couple of hours or so it becomes just a bit drier and less sticky, but the woody-spicy-resinous structure is practically identical. Not bad, but surely not the most versatile and dynamic around for fans of these few notes only.
A pleasant and beautiful smell fragrance that unfortunately doesnt last and project that much.
The opening is a sweet woody scent with some spices and some tart and fresh feeling in the background.
The guaiac wood which is the main note of the fragrance does have a sharp and also smoky aroma. Something like cedar but in a different way and also smoky.
The vanilla is strong too and give the scent a very charming and beautiful sweet scent and tune down the guaiac wood a little bit.
The spicy note of the fragrance isnt that strong but with a really good dose give the scent more masculine aroma.
The bergamot smell also is weak and in the background and you can detect it just by tart feeling that gives the scent.
Its very linear so dont expect too much changes.
Only the tart bergamot and spices will settle down after a while and you will have that vanilla and guaiac wood combo all the way through.
Projection is weak and mostly close to the skin and longevity is around 4-6 hours which is above average.
Nice smell and good quality but its nothing really new or different.
Beautiful and intriguing bergamot and cloves opening on top of a strong gaiac-vanilla accord. I dont find the jasmine in the opening accord but the accord is strongly grounded in some smooth solid base, so why not think jasmine and possibly vetiver? The first couple of times I applied the Gaiac, I thought the gaiac was very light and was held captive in the background, but with each successive application, the gaiac note has grown and I no longer question its existence
I now recognize a firm gaiac aroma from the start. I get a burning or smoke note in the background, and I agree with Oh Hedgehog that it is quite similar to Burning Leaves. As for the drydown, to me all thats left is the vanilla.
Gaiac is pretty much a skin scent, and as such sends little sillage I would like it if the sillage were stronger. Its longevity is almost average and could be improved. I like this scent, but I will not be buying because it is too expensive for what it delivers.
Simple, unassuming and universally likeable is a hard combination to have in one fragrance. This one comes closer than most. The masculine designation is off - this is completely unisex.
Gaiac is softly wooded, softly spiced, voluptuous, subtly sweet, and nice. It is such a likeable fragrance I think it would be hard to go wrong with it.
13th December, 2013 (last edited: 10th February, 2014)
Makes you work for its reward
On first application, Gaiac hits with a super-sweet vanilla bomb of an opening. It was actually sweet and strong enough at first that I feared it would be a scrubber for me, as vanilla fragrances aren't my preference. As it calms down, though, the vanilla dissipates (but never vanishes), leaving the woods to play with jasmine and cloves, each taking a turn in the forefront, with bergamot listed but barely detectable as a sharpness to cover the sweetness at the open. The vetiver and cloves continue to mingle with the woodiness of the gaiac toward the end, with the jasmine and bergamot having all but faded away.
In all, it's a really interesting, well-constructed scent that almost tells a story of leaving one's kitchen - sugar cookies warming in the oven - for a walk through a meadow into a woody grove. The overly sweet opening is all that prevents me from rating this higher.
Pros: Subtle, complex dry-down
Cons: Sugar-coated opening