Originally Posted by danny1967
love bandit! i sampled it several times but always passed buying a fb because i have so many leathers that i love. ok, looking/googling for asja right now!..
Well, Asja is not an insta-wower. More of one that becomes nice through familiarization. But I'm wearing Asja right now, and it does seem like a cuddly, sweeter guy could pull it off, sorry to have doubted ya, Ryan Gosling, hey boy!
Currently smelling from Asja edp one hour in:
Soft oriental--verging on floriental/classic non-girly floral, dry fruits/honey/light pipesmoke that comes and goes, and mostly a clove/carnation drying down to the oriental genre's version of a skin scent. It's a little potpourri or winelike and certainly wintery. It gets described as similar to Serge Lutens Arabie, which I can see, but that one is harsh while Asja is strong but whispery and not as daring as Arabie.
Most are either really into the bottle and presentation of Asja or really repulsed by it. Its look seems like a riff on the extremity of "orientalism" in perfume history, kind of old Hollywood fine line between costumey silliness and elegance. For any more masculine type who would care to wear it, the spray edt (or rarer large spray edp) in the gold and black wood-like ricebowl bottle would probably smell more like a men's scent applied lightly. But if one is the type of guy who will wear edp (really this edp is difficult to apply from the tiny black flacon): best to avoid the mini black flacon edp that has black and gold stripes on the sextagonal box. Those were a promo batch, and mine had gone off due to the bad packaging and now smells weakly of soap. The plain no stripes red and black edp box with the same little black flacon inside smells better due to the packaging fitting better, likely. Those minis with the black rather than red caps seem best! Fendi's packaging was a bit inconsistent and confusing, but that's all perfume I guess ...