Edit: What is it with the difference between samples and full bottles? I loved the sample, bought a bottle, and was out of love halfway through the bottle. I don't dislike it, but the remainder of the bottle languished. I think what finally got me was the tarragon note. It can be somewhat anisic, and a dominant anise note doesn't appeal to me. It began to feel cool, and the biggest problem was I could smell tarragon all the way through to drydown. I have to change my review from a thumbs up to neutral. It was classified as a refreshing floriental, though it struck me as much more refreshing than floriental, perhaps even vaguely aquatic. it's a low-sillage, light-handed fragrance, and is subtle from top to bottom. The note pyramid from osMoz: Top: Peach, Freesia, Tarragon, Lemon Heart: Ylang-Ylang, Orris, Cyclamen, Muguet Base: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cedar, Benzoin Tarragon is a note that can be too strong, and I was a little concerned how it was going to be in this fragrance, but it was handled with judiciousness, and played off against the fruity and floral components to good effect. Its herbal quality stands out in the watery, light opening, and modifies what could be a fruity floral top. It gave an edge to the more floral heart also. The drydown was predominantly sandalwood TMN which is fine with me, as I love sandalwood bases, and this one was a pleasant, subtle-noted, easy-to-wear one. I love the amphora shaped bottle - it's clean and sleek. I like this fragrance a lot better than other more well-known transparent fragrances. It smells naturalistic and pleasant, has no ozone, and evolves well.
Sculpture by Nikos, 1994
Sculpture by Nikos is absolutely delightful. I'm a sucker for unique fragrances, and this fits the bill perfectly. On the skin it's rather sweet, but not cloyingly so. It smells very much like marshmallows and sugared milk. Light and fluffy. In the opening, freesia tends to be the most dominant note, with the lemon being rather candied in the background. The floral notes make their entrance rather early, dismissing the fruity notes altogether. Orchid, ylang-ylang, jasmine and lily of the valley together create a softly feminine fragrance. There is also a subtle grassy note that adds to this fragrance's uniqueness throughout the composition. The drydown is quite lovely and warm. The vanilla and musk are soothing, while the benzoin, tonka bean and cedar create a rich, almost resinous, woodsy quality. Personally I think that Sculpture could wear well all year round, in any season. I find it extremely pleasant when worn on a very cold day, such as today. I'll add that the lasting power and sillage are commendable.
I'm not sure I would classify this as refreshing, but it is definitely floriental. It is a soft warm almost musky scent. The shape of it's bottle is unique and is what initially attracted me to it. I wear this a once maybe twice a week, but only lightly as it can be a little heady otherwise.
Sculpture by Nikos, 1994
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