I am back after my vacation and I am sorry once again that I held the fragrances for almost entire allotted time. I mailed them on Sept 1, with only 2 days before the final three week call. I hope my BN friends will forgive me for what was so far my slowest sniffing-and-then-mailing job. Obviously, I needed a lot of time and energy to wrap up work and prepare for leaving on a two week driving/hiking trip.
I have not written anything about Odalisque yet, but I remember it fondly. I think my experience will be different from all yours, because I did not experience anything strong and disturbing, nor did I feel anything "larger than life". When I smelled the final notes in the drydown and thought about what was my experience like, the first thought that bubbled to my mind was, "it was way too comforting, I hope I was not in a harem in my previous life." Yes, this perfume to me was sweet, lovely, and mostly comforting. It's a quintessential "holiday perfume", I'd wear it to a New Years Eve party, I'd wear a drop of it to an evening performance in an opera or theater, and it fits me like a second skin. Now, as a part of my vacation, I did a skin consultation with Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (post will come later, let me know if you're interested) and now I know that my skin is musky and it also brings out green notes, so obviously, the smell of musk was comforting as my own smell, and greenness of my skin makes everything fresher. As a result, I enjoyed Odalisque as a very comforting, easy to wear perfume.
The one I'd seek on ebay is vintage Arpege. 30 Roses, when you have a minute for it would you mind sending me a picture of what the bottle looks like + what's written on it? Or we can go the other way, I can send you links of the bottles I see on ebay.
Thanks again for a wonderful experience!