Soapy to the point of carbolic.
The great colognes do not just contain fragrant notes. They contain adjectives which unconsciously qualify us to those around us. Often, it is these adjectives which are either lost altogether or reduced to crass monosyllabic grunts ("rocks" or "sucks") in the modern genre.
At the right dosage, Duncan describes the wearer as scrupulously clean, principled, stable, and dependable.
Occasionally, it amuses me to don this deceit.
In the opening I can pick up bergamot and pine which is shortly joined by a cypress note. It does smell soapy and aromatic but nothing really distinctive.
All in all though this very green and pleasant.
Duncan is a soapy, citrusy fougere with pine and cypress notes. It is a good, not great, approximation of the old Crown Perfumery Buckingham. The structure and basic idea are the same (I would certainly recommend this to anyone for a dose of old fashioned Victorian soap) though the quality of materials and artistry are inferior to Crown--but Crown used some of the best and most expensive oils available. This is what soap used to smell like (most are aquatic or gourmand now, right?)--clean, brisk, and to the point. The pine adds depth and sharpness while the cypress adds a bit of dusk much like Creed's Cypres Musc. Duncan focuses more on lime and bergamot while Buckingham employed brilliant lemon, cedrat, and lemon melissa. One never knows how long an outfit like Anglia will be around, so it would be wise to sample and buy if you are so inclined.