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Opens kind of orangey, with a full assault of patchouli and light woods underneath. It's surprisingly cooling, in spite of these normally "warm" sweet notes. As the orange fades away, some dry, dusty woods come to the fore...it morphs from fresh sweet orange juice to old sour orange juice, and ends up reminding me of New West for a while. Unfortunately the patchouli finally gets its way, and it's not the "mellow sweet woods" type, but the "sharp sour earth" type. Still, I'm impressed with how much bracing, brisk unsweetness it's able to put forth considering its namesake. Ultimately, you end up with a sharp citrus herbal somewhere between Tuscany and New West, or the old version of Dana California, which I like enough to let the patchouli armageddon slide but not enough to recommend this over any of the above brands. The base is also slightly pissy, though not as much as Kouros Fraicheur.
24 February, 2011