I don’t get much osmanthus – I get mainly green (probably mimosa) with a floral background. It comes on strong and for a while, it seems quite forceful and linear. With the green / somewhat floral, there’s a delicate element of aromatics in the opening... sort of a tingly touch to the citrus. I find the opening very enjoyable, and it seems more daring than it should... possibly because of the violet and champac. Anyway, it is unique and even quite intriguing. Not only do I get the osmanthus weakly, but all the other florals seem to lack individual identity: Their accomplishment is in their blending. They are blended to a very attractive floral texture. The fragrance softens too subtly after a half hour, and this is what I believe that it was meant to be – it’s a whisper with a hint of the exotic… a skin scent, beautiful and a bit inscrutable.
01st November, 2010 (last edited: 06th July, 2011)
KUAN YIN is unlike any florals I have encountered before. In the beginning it smells like a sophisticated floral incense with an austerity that recalls certain Chinese temples. But as time goes by, it grows more chypre-like. I'm impressed. Alec Lawless has created an interesting, if not arresting, interpretation of 'osmanthus'.
Beautiful floral scent...but this time I am enchanted by the magical uplifting effect it has on me...
I can detect some beautiful fresh light citrus top notes followed by what must be osmanthus; now... this woody metallic note is sheer pleasure; a bit like the first time I smelled oud notes on a Bond no 9 scent...and then said to myself, this unusual note that stands out so prominently is a bit like a treasure... it has been waiting for you to discover it all these years...and now that you have found it...stick to it and enjoy it...
In the base notes I detect some mossy/green/incense/tobacco very nicely blended
I am very glad and happy I have found you Kuan Yin; I think I shall be coming back to you for more...
Big thumbs up...!!!
Before I saw the notes online here's what I wrote: I like the way the mandarin /orange weaves it's way through this scent. It blends with the cedar and leather scents for the first 10 minutes. There are flowers in here too, yet I can't pinpoint them. It warms up to a spicy flower combo after an hour.
After I saw the notes online here's what I wrote: The orange-like scent must have been the osmanthus flower because this flower is supposed to resemble apricots from what I read about it. This is likable and wearable for me; a good "go out in public" perfume, an everyday one that I can wear all day and not get tired of it.
Alec Lawless must have been a baker in another life, and Kuan Yin proves it. Kuan Yin smells distinctly and unmistakably of a bran muffin. Not just any bran muffin, mind you, but a light, fluffy, almost heavenly bran muffin baked with dried apricots and lemon zest. The fragrance opens with bright citrus and floral sweetness, soon giving way to a thicker lemon scent (litsea?) that enhances the apricot aroma of osmanthus. Underneath the scent of lemon and apricot, various herbs, spices, and woods combine to create a high-fiber muffin in the sky, nearly fit to be one of Plato’s forms. Clearly, the question arises: do you want to smell like an ideal bran muffin? The answer: not always, perhaps—but sometimes, definitely yes.