As much as I love them I am terrible at describing fragrances. I can tell you I do not like most ambers, I find them harsh, too sweet, too powdery, too much incense, too resinous. With this one it is so complex that It is difficult to say what else is in there but the amber is not in your face, there are florals, perhaps vanilla, maybe musk (clean), a touch of powder, and no incense to my nose. But it is blended so well that no single note dominates the other. And boy is it smooth and rich. Please forgive this analogy but true red velvet cake has a richness that is provided by dark cocoa and adding a cup of strong coffee to the batter. You don't taste coffee in finished product, but that is what provides the depth of flavor. That how the amber is in this fragrance. Does that make any sense?