Originally posted at Dreamwidth on February 23, 2010.
Jasmine (Sambac), Cardamom
Coumarin, Cumin, Orange blossom
Amber (white), Heliotrope, Almond
Boozy whiff wet, then jasmine and cardamom almost straight away. This is very sweet on the skin but with a sharp whiff somewhere just behind it. Not surprisingly, bearing in mind it comes from the same stable as Angel, this shifts around a bit. That sharp smell is the almond I think, already coming to the fore. In fact, it's SO almond-y it's a bit like being pelted with soft amaretti macaroons.
It's also quite spicy, in a kitchen spicy kind of way, the cumin is pretty clear after about 5 minutes. I like this as a smell, I think, but not necesssarily as a perfume. And other than the first sniff out of the bottle, I'm not getting a lot of rum out of this which is a bit of a disappointment.
Eventually the amber really starts to shine through, the almonds retreat and you have glowingly subtle white flowers. Once it settles it is a very warm scent with great silage.
It's...nice... but that's all on me, just nice. It lasts well too, after my shower I can still smell it faintly on my skin. If you like white florals (and as we've seen before, I'm not over keen), then this is a very good choice. I'd say it's more mature and sophisticated than Angel. A good day wear perfume, once you've got past the whole "amaretti avalanche".