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My First Perfume Love

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I was only 17 when I first smelled Kingdom by Alexander McQueen. I fell into absolute rapture. I finally got my hands on a bottle and quite a few people told me how absolutely horrid it was so I stopped wearing it. Having recently found my old bottle and decided that it is in fact WONDERFUL, I'm going to use it as a starting point.

When I first spritz, I get a really heady sparkly orange scent. Its vaguely green in a way I can't name but shockingly fresh, in that it's not linen and breeze smelling, but very bright. To be honest its a 'bit much' but it doesn't smell bad. 5 minutes later the harshness of the bright citrus is tamed considerably and its gets spicier. The spiciness is warmer and more grounded and earthy than what I've smelled in other perfumes. Not entirely sure which spice it is, but it smells fabulous. The longer it sits, the perfume then gets a touch floral. Its not a 'pretty' floral but luxuriant and mixed with the spice smells over-ripe and incredibly sexy to me. As it starts to die, the frag becomes mostly very warm muted floral to me, just a tinge of vanilla.

From first spritz (one - two only) the stuff lasts a very long time. An afternoon spritz will still be on my sheets the morning after. I find the evolution of the scent absolutely amazing, it grows and changes more than any other scents I've tried and I like each stage more than the last.

What I like most is that it doesn't smell perfumy but it is clearly a scent and it wears really great on the skin. When I first tried it, I though it too big and harsh for summer but I've since changed my mind. It works well for a night out in summer because there's something 'cold' about this scent to me and in winter (tried recently) it simply doesn't pack enough of a punch to distinguish itself from the harsh coldness in the air.

From fragrantica.com I've gotten the notes:

Top notes are orange, mandarin orange, mint, neroli, bergamot and lemon

Middle notes are carnation, ginger, rhubarb, jasmine, celery seeds and rose

Base notes are amber, musk and oakmoss.

All of this makes sense to me, but I don't know enough to distinguish which particular scent I am smelling. I'm thinking a trip to a store where I can smell fresh versions of most of these is a good place to start. Don't know how I'm going to find amber, and musk though...

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