Originally Posted by mikeperez23
AE was one of the first angelica prominent fragrances I tested, after encountering Angeliques sous la Pluie by Frederic Malle. Somehow I think I expected it to blossom and become much more 'incense'-y on my skin, because it turned into a quick vanilla drydown on me and bored me to tears. Mind you, this is Miami so perhaps the climate (or my skin) had something to do with it. Not sure.
I have had the same experience. The fragrance is quite temperamental - in one of its guises it opens with beautifully rendered and perfectly balanced angelique and incense notes before crash-landing into rich powdery vanilla...this is the form which most women like, methinks. Its quite lady/dame like.
In cold weather (or is it the other way around), the incense, angelique and vanilla notes meld in perfect harmony creating one of the finest incense-vanilla accords since the great Shalimar. The incense lasts way into the drydown, preventing the vanilla from dominating. In this form the fragrance is close to 5/5 in my book.