The opening is unusual, mixing cardamom, anise and fennel, with a dark lemon accord transiently appearing. Overall a very nice start. In the drydown it declares its gourmand heart, with creme brûlée and sweet almond notes blending well with floral impressions. This is lovely, mild-to-moderately sweet but never too sweet. The is a hint of sandal added in the base, but the latter is the least convincing ingredient of this otherwise well composed scent. It is difficult to give one simple label to this fragrance, it is a bit outside the square in its overall approach. A restrained scent with poor silage and just decent projection, but a decent longevity of five hours on my skin. 3/5. Good for work in autumn.
Ew! The top notes on Lexington Avenue are downright disgusting. Jolly Ranchers, floral bathroom air freshener, and vinegar are the best I can do to describe them. It can only get better from there, right? Well, I can’t quite say the rest of it is putrid. Not quite. But Lexington Avenue does vie with Carolina Herrera’s horrific Chic for the title “Worst Feminine I Can Remember.”
There’s probably a spot somewhere along Lexington, where bums have puked on a discarded bouquet and a spilled strawberry ice cream cone from Serendipity, that smells exactly like this. I hope I never find it. Lexington Avenue may, as ubuandibeme claims, be trying to channel Dolce Vita’s dried fruit and cedar oriental structure, but it gets everything wrong: the fruit is acidic, the floral notes are harsh and chemical, and the woods are at once loud and blatantly artificial. It takes work to make something that smells this bad. It takes nerve to sell it for hundreds of dollars per bottle.
It fascinates me to see that people dislike this scent for all the reasons that I fell in love with it. It *is* truly a mixed up scent... and that's what I love about it! There are opposing currents running up against themselves to create something new and fresh and delicious. I only had the chance to smell this once and I was hooked. I have a bottle on order and I can't wait for it to arrive. This may just be my new signature scent.
That said, I don't love the dry down nearly as much as the first few hours of the scent. It loses it's sweetness and only the musky undertones remain. It starts to feel a little bit more musky and masculine in the later hours. But still, I do love it.
28th November, 2012 (last edited: 05th December, 2012)
I get no sense of purpose from this perfume. It doesn't use genre, style or its notes toward any particular point. A confused start, a quick deflation, an off-putting sweet, musky-gourmand lingering finish.
Without intention, or a strong statement of form, all one can read into a perfume is that the producer imagines that somebody out there will think it smells nice. That's not enough for me, especially at this price.
This one, I found much more to the feminine side, I do not think I could pull it off. I'm finding the smell of Lexington Avenue a little bit confusing with a strange mix that reminds me of those air fresheners. Fruit/spicy/floral aroma all mixed togheter, specially with an opening granted by pear that is very good. (Don't get me wrong, overall it isn't a bad fragrance AT ALL!!)