A bright, slightly old school florals and frankincense scent over a solidly structured wood base. It shares DNA with Nostalgie in the old-school French perfumery sense, but it tells a more complex story through the use of a soft resins and woody, fruity notes.
The florals strike me as being purple in hue, maybe leaning a little rosy, but still relatively transparent to allow clearance for the heart and base to shine through. Although gourmand chords are supposed to be present, I donít really pick up them too much, but I can draw out notes of cedar and maybe a touch of grainy leather. After ten minutes or so, the it all settles into place, and whet you get is a spirited bouquet against the textured backdrop of the leather that casts the florals into stark relief.
The overall impression here is convoluted, but it somehow works. In the same way the brandís scents are blended with such stringent precision, whatís consolidated here are aspects of chypre, oriental, gourmand, and incenseógenres that, while somewhat complimentary, feel like they would clash when fused in such a way. But the merger is better than it sounds, and the scent casts a rosy glow that very naturalistic and slightly stem-like over subtle woody textures while managing to keep powder levels to a respectable minimum.
Although this isnít necessarily to my personal taste, fans of traditional French perfumery, bitter rose, and brisk florals in general should certainly have plenty to chew on. Itís a clean, fresh affair, but with enough interest to allow it to stand head and shoulders above the artillery of floral scents that continuously flood the industry.