Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey
tell me MOAR!
This wearing missed a lot of the nuances of a proper wearing due to my little hack described above. I'll give a better run down when I get a full bottle but it's a dark and yet airy, smooth 'fresh' animalic with floral undertones. It starts with a slightly soapy nuance - like an idealized version of Dawn dish soap (sounds bad, but is actually really pleasant, unlike the nasty Dawn accord that Kenneth Cole's Black opens with). The blending is done well so its hard to discern what's all going on - I detect hints of cardamom and a lemon myrtle note, definitely some rose and something fruity (black currant I think - this adds to the darkness too, and also to the very slight sulphuruous 'manly' accord). There's a sheer and diaphonous animalic presence throughout, too - definitely some castoreum and a hint of civet. I get something smooth and sweet and ethereal too - I think its a discrete and well blended iris note (it seems to join with the animalic elements and lift, lighten and sweeten them in a magical way).
Hmm, I don't know how to condense all of that down into something that would actually give you an idea of how it smells. Imagine Yellow Sea minus the heavier incense tones (but keep the sheer animalic element) and cross it with.. hmm, the freshness and hints of roses and fruits in Aventus (and also its smooth muskiness, although the musk here is far different), and add a bit of that 80s dirty 'man musk' to it - just enough that it's noticeable but never over the top as so many 80s scents were prone to be. Plus a bit of an ozonic vibe early on - but a very smooth ozone and not at all the typical 'watery notes' in so many scents.
It's interesting because of its contrasts and unexpected juxtapositions: light and fresh but animalic and dirty. Fruity and sweet but funky and masculine. An odd scent, for sure.