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Intuitionís spiced citrus and light floral top notes steer well clear of the cheap hard candy effect that plagues so many fruity floral scents. I attribute much of the accordís delightful quality to its abstract nature. Rather than imitate a particular fruit, a cocktail, or a bubblegum flavor, it evokes an unnamed, imaginary fruit, and is all the better for it.
Intuition evolves quickly into a mild, sweet, fruity floral oriental thatís perfectly polite and pleasant to wear, if also nondescript. Both the fruit and the floral bouquet remain abstract Ė evidence, I imagine, of effective blending. Unfortunately, while attractive and amiable, both are also more bland than Iíd like. Itís Intuitionís drydown, though, that ultimately lets it down. Intuition is one of those rare fragrances that grows stronger, not weaker, as it dries down, and its base notes center on a soapy rose accord thatís both strident and chemically sour. As the roseís volume increases it moves from disappointing to outright irritating, so that after three or four hourís wear Intuition becomes an olfactory nuisance. Lauder has done much better, not least in Pleasures, which shares some of Intuitionís fruity floral content and mild, abstract quality, though in a more purely floral context.
11th January, 2011