I just bought a bottle of Rasa and am loving it! Warm, velvety, enveloping. I hoped the extreme version would be more of a good thing, but I got too much of a fecal note and can't wear it at all.
It's definitely worth branching out. The Rasa was a freebie sample I hadn't ordered, and was by far my favorite from a group of 10 or so. With the bottle, I ordered a few samples that were as disparate as possible, and have layered her Citrine with Fire Island today, with delightful results. The Citrine is candy-like, but this candy isn't Pez, it's creamy swirls of something soft, warm, and sweet, but not the least bit sticky. The Fire Island gives it an anchor of musk, and relief from the sweetness.
Madonna Lily, on the other hand, another one I hoped to like...lilies and Pez. No spice, no cool green, just cheap candy next to a bouquet.
Film Noir sounded like a gateway chypre for me. I want to love them on me as much as I do in the bottle, but I keep testing chypres and having bad luck. This one was reviewed to beautifully it HAD to be perfect on me. When I tried it, I couldn't place the smell, but another reviewer pegged it: bandaids.
Viva: the enormous gardenia topnote forced me to part ways with my arm, but even at a distance, I started to catch huge warm whiffs of coconut sexiness. I have to recommend this one.
Another vote also for Cafe Noir. Perfect coffee scent.
Unlit clove cigarettes are one of my favorite smells in the world, but if I have them, I might smoke them, and if I smoke, my sense of smell might be damaged, so it's imperative that I find a replacement for the scent. I hoped Kretek would fit, and tried it in a flurry of anticipation. I think a clove scent would need to be desert-wind-dry for me to wear it, and Kretek smells somehow damp.
It sounds like there's a lot of variation between batches from Ava Luxe, so it's possible that revisiting some of these in the future might be revelatory. But for now, there are enough that are marvelous just as they are.