OMG - I just opened my gift-wrapped box and sprayed it on.Must. Rave. Immediately.
My one sentence review (until I can get a full one up...)
de Bachmakov is to Chanel no.5 Eau Première what Chanel no.19 is to Chanel no. 5.
Does that make any sense? I agree with thebeck - it's Céline's best. Sel de Vétiver was genius - sort of a mythical scent. My next most favorite is probably Un Parfum de Charmes et Feuilles - it has a southwestern American herbal nature that really grabs me personally. I also love Sens et Bois and Oriental Lounge, but those are very much my own quirky tastes, and I don't expect others to follow.
But THIS - this is something which approaches - or may actually be - the most perfect modern cool green scent. It has an herbal / green / fir accord which simply blows her previous Charmes et Feuilles (which I love) out of the water. Totally. Lighter, cleaner, more natural - I simply can't stop sniffing it. It is outrageously good. There is not a misplaced note anywhere. It is done with the perfection of Sel de Vétiver, AND - just thrown in as a bonus - perhaps one of the best fresh / cool / icy / winter accords I've ever smelled. It has a coolness which reminds me of Alleurs et Fleurs, but far, far beyond that. It's so perfect and so clean that they need to take every "clean" fresh scent that was ever made before this and return them to the factory.
I don't even know if I'm in the heart yet. I just want to throw on a sweater, grab my skies, and run out into the snowy, moonlit night and glide through the trees. But don't get me wrong - there is no season that this cannot be worn. There is no person who cannot wear this. Where other fragrances have to squirm and apologize to be worn at a certain time of year, or day or night, or with certain clothes, or by one sex or the other, de Bachmakov is simply beyond all that. It's even more universally wearable than Sel de Vétiver. I didn't think that was even possible - but this stuff is it.
I can assure you, moon_fish, that this will please Russians. This stuff almost makes me want to defect! (Russia, France, or maybe even TDC!
This is clearly a labor of love. Chandler Burr needs to write a book about this one. THIS is the perfect scent.
THANK YOU CÉLINE! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
PS - After all of the painful debate over a variety of other scents this past month, it's damn refreshing to smell something which is simply unquestionably good.