Sofron opens with ginger, neroli, light spices (cumin), perhaps ylang, benzoin and perhaps opoponax too, a round, tasty note of vanilla, and a really light sandalwood note, which is almost limited to a generic woody-waxy feel on the very base. But above all, a lively, plummy accord of peach and apricot, which reminds me of scents like Visa by Piguet (2007 version) and Daim Blond, both without the suede accord. Overall the "mood" is aromatic, colourful as in a watercolour landscape – "impressionist", I'd say. Airy, playful and quite pleasant indeed: the fruity-floral accord gives the composition a nice and lively character, although it also smell as clean as a bit generic and mute – in short, it smells like galaxolide, the same "multifunctional" aromachemical firms use in shampoos and bath soaps to deliver precisely this "pleasant fruity-floral-creamy smell". Which smells good, just a bit plain. Anyway, the fragrance evolves then on a sweet-warm floral/fruity note, which as it gets warmer, becomes slowly similar to a "gingerbread" note - and sadly (as I don't really like that smell) that note remains there, quite bold and persistent. Apart from that, I'd locate this scent halfway pleasantly decent and dull (I just read Foetidus review below and yes, "nicely mediocre" for me too!).
The Foetidus's consideration about Sofron in this way performing "It is nicely mediocre" is absolutely perfect and enlightening. That's indeed the way this fragrance smells like. I detect a full bodied fruity/cedary accord by soon too and the apricot influence appears effectively heady and mastering over neroli, lemon, nutmeg and green apple (which I detect too). This initial-central phase is deeply fruity, strangely tropical, sparkling and appealing. The final fruity aroma is weirdly sultry/exotic, floral and soapy with its strange sort of red berries/rose/cherries Cocktail undertone. In this phase I detect a strange disturbing ostensibly soapy/plastic and spicy undertone while progressively the red fruity vibe morphs towards something still fruity but more musky, rubbery and undistinguished. The final trait is mostly soapy and really unrefined. Frankly totally disappointing.
I get a fruity opening… apricot, specifically, dominates the neroli and nutmeg, which fill out the opening accord creating a full-bodied fruit accord. I might even be catching wisps of some cedar and green apple in the mix. The result of the opening accord is a sort of fruit salad – a tropical fruit salad as it turns out, and I can’t explain how the warm, tropical ambiance happens. Sofron doesn’t seem like a personal fragrance – it seems more commercial or environmental. It has a nice smell: it is an easy wear if one would actually want to smell like this. It is a nice fragrance… It is nicely mediocre.