I think you captured the essence of this one quite well. There is most certainly something dense about it, almost oily, and amber in the basenotes is a fair guess. I was intrigued by your comment that it was missing something, because when I smelled it, though I found it more formal and classic in its construction than I would expect from L'Occitane, it reminded me of Crown Perfumery's very fine Imperial minus something or other. I never analyzed it further, but may revisit it in the future. My take: a quality scent that both an aficionado and novice could happily wear, with the latter perhaps inspired by the scent to explore old classics. Not a masterpiece, but WAY better than most newer releases.