Thanks to Lady in Black for hosting this, she gave us all a wonderful bag of the raw spices. Which is good for me because spices aren't an area of perfume I'm well versed in ( check my wardrobe..yeah 1 spicy scent I think). So after sniffing the bag of raw spices containing dried star anise, a little red pepper ( so cute) ginger, nutmeg,cinnamon and cloves ( my arch enemy note in perfumes, but apparantly scandal has cloves in it too and I love that one) I'm more familiar with all the spices and yes cloves is the one I don't like when its very present. The others are ok
Sample A: Bright orange liquid ( if needed I can take some pics and post them)
First impression: oh this is soft, a lot softer than I expected. At the start I get a citrus note at the start. Reminds me of the citrus and vitamin c drinks you get when you have a cold.I was worried spice might be as heavy and rich as lutens or the real spicyness of some of the l' artisan offerings ( they tickle my nose). This is softer but I can do get some spices in there, could be star anise but it's so so soft. I do get the feeling it is almost watered down and I think there might be some amber in the dry down. It's very light and I think I'd have to re apply several times to get more out of it.
The softness and watered down aspect make me think it's a mainstream cheapie scent, even L' artisan makes very light and transparant scents but I think their spice perfumes had a more pronounced raw aspect to them.