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Grey lavender, delicate smoky amber” (Lutens product information)
The range of opinions on this is most interesting. Those who like it, like it a lot. I’ll put my cards on the table: I love dry aromatic lavender and I don’t like amber. This scent has very little lavender and it has a particular style of amber. And yet, it is so well made that I cheerfully give it a neutral.
As I said, to my nose the lavender is MIA. Almost immediately I got a creamy, buttery amber note, with a bit of a salty tang. For a while this aspect dominates. It is somewhat unusual, and not unpleasant. It reminds me of a smoky cream cheese. The amber is translucent or “claire” and it is not cloying. In dry-down the amber becomes more conventional.
For comparison, I am also wearing L’Occitan. Now THERE is a dry, smoky lavender! The lavender is powerful, and there is no amber. Thus I love L’Occitan. To each his/her own.
04 December, 2008