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This starts out like a symphony orchestra warming up- tuning up if you will. I get an explosion of scents all at once. Lavender leads but I keep getting an overall leather scent weaving in and out of the mix. If you try hard you can discern each ingredient. This settles down to the main score- a delicious melody. Finally all ingredients playing on the same page. This is not any one note dominating fragrance. The typical fragrance pyramid does not apply either. The English peppermint seems to hold the whole arrangement together but does not totally dominate. This is one well balanced and thought out fragrance. The quality of ingredients above reproach. The drydown is a beautiful blend of the sandalwood and frankincense. A splendid balance. As with all Alexandra's perfumes you are transported into a whole other world of perfumery. The difference between mass marketed scents and smaller perfumers is nothing short of stunning. The difference between a cheap transistor radio from the 50's and hi-fi. The difference between analog and digital today. The one organic the other sterile. By comparison mass marketed scents seem cheap and synthetic. And in fact most are. Her web page says of Atlantic-"majestic, spirited, commanding". Ok not much more to add really.
02 March, 2012