I agree with much of your description, djuna, and have experienced much of what you describe - especially the way in which he base notes seem to dance and shimmer throughout the day - like light upon the water. But I believe diffferent aspects / facets come to the fore depending upon which perfume strength is tried. This can also explain why some people love it and others hate it.Originally Posted by djuna
I originally fell in love with the EDP formulation which has all the intense indolic jasmine and tuberose and depth of vanilla sandalwood that is found in the parfum plus the floating sillage present in the EDT. I consider this the best 'general' formulation for Samsara for those who love to waft.
I then made the mistake of buying the EDT - I couldn't believe that this was the same scent! All sharp and 'citrussy' with little depth or sensuousness. By the time it began to resemble anything close to what I remembered the scent had all but disappeared.
I now own the parfum and love that to bits. I just dab on the teeniest bit and get ready for the ride. At first it is all heady indolic florals - sometimes sharp, most times divine. And then it seems to disappear. When I think it is gone all it takes is a soft breeze or my going to do something else and I am enveloped in the most hauntingly beautiful cloud of scent. Ylang-ylang and sandalwood dominate on my skin with jasmine, tuberose and vanilla supporting and enhancing the blend. Many times I have looked around for the 'lady' wearing the most amazing scent - only to realise that the wonderful smelling lady is me!
Guerlain L'Heure Bleue has a similar haunting sillage but is more abstractly floral and complex. Samsara is a much more earthy, sensual blend.