A contemporary floral chypre, a transparent and metallic take on classic feminine scents themes. You clearly smell rose, green notes, aldehydes, a camphor-musky base, fresh citrus/lime notes, perhaps also mint or something equally bitter and fresh (I guess it's the cassis, which is an ingredient I do not know). Velvety, kind of odd base of amber, benzoin, rooty-earthy notes with almost a stale-mold flavour. It soon arises a calone note, quite metallic and somehow milky and opalescent, which gives a sort of filmy, pale density to the fragrance - and in broad terms, an azure-airy "chic" factor. Ambery-dusty-silky drydown, slightly floral, elegant and pleasant. To be honest: not bad, but a bit of a dull scent, not even pleasant at first – then a bit more, but in a totally anonym and negligible way.
The fragrance opens with a green-floral blast (linden, green watery rose and cassis)... It starts sweet-ish and sparkling with a remarkably classic, sort of leathery-chyprey vibe but it rapidly turns into an hyper-modern dry sandalwood with milky facets and sharp woody-incensey undertones.
It's actually pretty stunning how the fragrance transitions from a sparkling and sort of transparent opening to the opaque-milky woody drydown..
As usual with H&G, the fragrance plays several mainstream-oriented accords while Laudamiel's treatment provides a solid quirky twist. Not as striking and unconventional as Skarb yet pretty satisfying. Fans of high quality synth-woods, take note.
Words of caution: gross on paper. Smells like full fat milk. On skin, on the other hand, the milky aspect gets brutally tamed down and serves as a necessary counterpart to soften the sharp woody notes creating an interesting juxtaposition.
Fantastic projection and stellar lasting power.