I love this but it does remind me of Bvlgari blu and something else I'm not remembering right off the bat. I wouldn't buy a bottle because there is something cheap smelling about it and it's over a hundred dollars a bottle so that makes no sense for me.
I find Citizen Queen to be one of the most revolting odors (not just perfumes) by which Iíve ever been assaulted. Thereís something so torturously discordant about the way that the labdanum and leather interact that it feels like a long metallic knitting needle being shoved up my noseómaking me delirious, dizzy, and nauseous. If there were an olfactory equivalent to fingernails on a chalkboard, this would be it. Now, please excuse me while I go puke.
Tested it several times with confusing results - I felt like I was missing something in this scent, and maybe I was? Anosmia, maybe?
Regardless, I was possessed during a sale and bought it along with Calamity J, and I'm glad I did. On me, it's an ambery rose with a sueded drydown. Nice, easy, not challenging. I don't wear it super frequently, but for the price I paid it's worth it to grab on those days I want it.
On my skin, CITIZEN QUEEN opens rather unpleasantly, with a somewhat stinky, rank quality similar to what I imagine would be the scent of a person who went camping for a few days with no access to running water and decided to "freshen up" with some talcum powder and breath mints.
The drydown of this perfume smells quite nice, smooth and almost ambery, and the unpleasant animalic quality has dissipated (along with the hygienic deodorant masking aids). My impression from the other reviewers' comments is that this is one of those compositions where skin chemistry places a big role.
Not for me, but might be great (and apparently it is...) on the right person.
There is something dark in CQ that I like. Something that make me think of a misterious lady dressed up in black leather. But there is something trivial in CQ, like a supermarket after shave that doesn't match with the previous picture. An the lasting power is minimum. Too many negative points for a thumb up. But the idea behind the parfum is original and good.