Today l tried Shanghai Lily by Tom Ford.
From the outset, this is a very muted fragrance; l have to put my nose right up to my arm to even smell the topnotes, & l agree with the reviews that use the word "ephemeral" to describe it. l get a woody floral accord, joined after a while by a little smoke, some vanilla, & later vetiver. l get very little in the way of floral notes, except for maybe some rose, until around four hours in when a salty lily finally appears, along with a wisp of incense. All that's left after five hours is a trace of woods, before it fades out altogether. Nothing resinous or animalic here.
Having read the notes list along with some rave reviews on some of the blogs, this one held so much promise for me. But it was so frustratingly faint on my skin that it was like straining to identify a tune being played on a distant radio. And this was on a warm day, when normally quiet fragrances would grow huge on me. lf the volume were cranked way up l would probably enjoy this one a lot more.