I still haven't tried the aftershave.
I think this stuff is rather potent, though its longevity is average imo -- it lacks the heavy musk and longlasting woody synthetics that would prolong its life more. That's okay with me as I get a solid 8 hours, and the composition has the rich depth (real sandalwood? etc) that good use of naturals create.
Basala has a certain fruitiness that doesn't feel synthetic. I think it's a result of dry rose with some add'l damascones to flesh it out.
Last night I finally realized where the "dark" mysterious intensity of Basala comes from: a big ol' dose of castoreum. Castoreum isn't often used in compositions like this, which accounts for Basala's unique profile among frags.
Jaguar Mark II, created around the same time by the same perfumer Dominique Preyssas, features a similar, though woodier, composition, and imo also relies on castoreum for its animalic intensity. However, it does not have the same natural depth in its sandalwood accord -- must be cheaper ingredients. Still a very good fragrance however.