Really? That's very interesting that you find Coromandel sweet, actiasluna - I'm not sure I've ever heard it described that way. I find it smoky, soft and mellow, woody and quite dry....but many fragrances that others describe as sweet (even cloyingly so) I find to be soft and mellow on my skin (L'Instant and Loukhoum, for instance.) Do you think it's the benzoin that's too sweet for you?
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E... yes, the benzoin. Benzoin-heavy scents often go "too sweet" on my skin. Anything with a "vanilla" (and sometimes vanilla/sandalwood, as I've found that combo is quite popular) goes sweet unless the benzoin is quite faint.
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I've been fighting off an upper respiratory infection as of late, so I haven't felt much like delving into my perfumes, but I did splash on some PdN Maharanih this morning and I've so enjoyed its (to me) boozy warmth. Take care, all.
Have a Chanel-a-palooza day going with the SoTE being Platinum Egoiste layered with Sycomore... nice transition from the Coromandel and the layering "bitters up" the sweet benzoin persistent drydown of Coromandel from earlier, while giving more smoke and depth to the dry, clean PE.