Judging by a number of reviews I've read, I assumed that this was going to be a big, sweet Oriental, but while it veers into Oriental territory I wouldn't have thought of it that way if I had smelled it first without reading reviews. I'm saying this so that people who aren't into oriental scents won't make the same assumptions I did about it before trying it. Descriptions of it can sometimes conjure visions of Guerlain's Shalimar, but Maharanih is nothing like that. It has a huge orange-ish note in te opening but unlike some others have said, it isn't a candied orange as there is something more bitter and dry about it. I get cinnamon, but I don't get cloves. I get hints of sandalwood, but I don't the get chocolate or civet at all. What I do get (I'm testing this sample in one of the coldest February's on record here in DC) is a bitter, dry, almost peppery, woody orange insense scent that is straining to blossom under the weather conditions, but can never quite make it. Even with that, I like what I am getting from it. I think it probably needs to be tested agan during the warmer end of spring or in summer to experience the fullness of the scent, so I'll save my sample until then.
This is perfect take on orange, predominant orange is bitter, yet delicate, it doesnt smell citrusy at all, but soft, mild and warm.
This orange-rose-incense play is so airy and sophisticated, and cinnamon gives it a touch of weirdness, very lovely and addictive, the scent lasts long and radiates,
In the very late drydown you have this sandalwood-patchouly play just like in 31 rue cambon from Chanel ,amazingly simmilar!!
Warm,spicy&delicious! Long lasting &begs you to sniff your wrist-just one more time:)