With about a spray and a half to the chest, I am experiencing this scent quite differently than when I did a dab sampling to the wrist and smelled up close. In both cases, though, it's rather harsh/synthetic for the first few minutes. However, it soon develops into a cool (with a minty feel) quality and the absinthe note is clear. There's a bit of that grape-like quality one finds in 1 Million and so many others, but underneath that is something like the A*Men and flankers base. It's not too sweet and it isn't animalic; claims about this being very bad are mystifying, other than for the first few minutes, which is common for inexpensive scents (apparently the top notes are where the money is mostly spent on typical designer scents of today). The lavender here is light and textural, and the patchouli is also light, though noticeable, but I don't get any strong wood note.
After perhaps a couple of hours (or less) I'm thinking this is roughly what A*Men Pure Absinthe would be, if there were such a scent. This isn't as sweet as A*Men and the base isn't as heavy. It also feels like there's a bit of 1 Million in here, though mostly it seems to be an A*Men type of base. Longevity and projection are at least very good. This is the first scent by Police I have tried, and I'm glad I decided to do a blind buy, as the "quality" of the drydown is really good, better than most recent designers that I've tried!