I have been trying this for the past month, on and off, from a decant from a generous Basenoter.
First of all, this stuff is incredibly radiant and strong. One spray scents me for hours upon hours. I sprayed it in my bedroom and the entire part of my home smelled like the fragrance for about an hour. Amazing. It's tenacity reminds me of Black Orchid by Tom Ford, but of course the CN is more 'masculine' (whatever that means...).
The spices and the way they interplay with the citrus is quite dazzling, but I can't help feel that they are all overwhelmed ultimately by the woody amber base. A very diffusive, very tenacious, extremely strong woody amber base. Sort of something you'd smell from a candle or even (I don't mean this as an insult) a laundry detergent.
Wearing it, it seems like I can't get away from the scent far enough to actually enjoy it. I keep thinking that next time I sample it, I'm going to spray some on my lower back or my knee caps, just to see if that makes the scents wear-ability more tolerable. Seriously. I think I would enjoy smelling this on someone else (lightly applied of course) but wearing it myself it borders on cloying and makes me feel like I'm in a hermetically sealed bubble of fragrance. That, I don't like.
Maybe I would enjoy a Light or Summer version of this (or a body lotion)?
Of course I keep going back again and again, to revisit it because I (for the most part) adore Dominique Ropion's creations - and I am such a fan of cinnamon prominent scents. Still...it hasn't clicked yet.