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Perfumeworld calls this scent ‘Fresh Floral Sweet Ambery,’ and from what I’m smelling, I would say, ‘Wrong on almost all accounts.’ It could be the age of my sample, but the citruses of the opening are quite subdued in the sense that the base notes seem to overwhelm them—not much freshness here. The woods, civet, and patchouli minimize the citrus while the cinnamon and spices dominate the florals. I agree with FroFro that Guess is more spicy than floral. And its excellently employed civet does make it quite sexy, too. This civet gives it a strong sensual feeling while the woods and patchouli move it toward the darker end of the spectrum. I don’t get very much ‘sweet,’ its sensuality and darkness come with an air of warmth as well as mystery…and this warmth moves Guess quite far along on the path to elegance. Pleasurable accords, well constructed, near elegant, a little mysterious, sensual—this is (was) a very fine fragrance.
04th December, 2006