Maxims is a compelling woody fougere, with three very distinct phases.
A largely superfluous opening is excessively sweet, but mercifully brief. Beyond the forgettable top notes, it changes direction quite radically, becoming darker, arid and powdery. This deeply aromatic and woody phase only begins to soften with the emergence of the very rich moss in the base. It is lightly underscored by a very subtle sweetness, ensuring that the latter stages are as impressive as the heart notes.
Overall, and despite the flawed opening, this is a delightful fragrance. It is very obvious just why it has so many devotees