A woody, spicy, citrus for the new millennium.
This one is definitely for mature audiences as are most Guerlain’s outside the Homme line.
It opens extremely bright with an odd combination of liquid jasmine and lemony anise seed (fennel).
The opening lasts about 10-15 minutes before the cocoa and sandalwood combination joins the dance.
My first try of this, I remember the top lasting much much longer. Im thankful it doesnt last more than it does with my 2nd bottle.
Im not a fan of the slightly unpleasant combination.
In the mid the bright citrus and woody cocoa mingle and has a rather odd earthiness (patchouli), not something I’ve smelled before.
The top burns off and you’re left with the cocoa and sandalwood, this combination pairs well as the sandalwood is creamy which allows the cocoa note to shine thru.
As things progress past 3-4 hours there is a hibiscus shimmer in a much more minor role compared to Costume National’s Scent Intense.
It offers a sparkle and additional tenacity without getting too much in the way.
This is very well tuned and warm. Beatrice Piquet (Rest in peace) did an excellent job with this beautiful composition.
Certainly appropriate for work or play, versatile, other than hot weather.
Longevity is good 8-9 hours, and the cocoa and sandalwood combo shines for around 6 hours of it.
Without the extra bits and pieces this would resemble Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Amour de Cacao.
Prices are great on this right now, around $10/oz. Try then buy!
Bright and rich, perfect for a sharp dressed gentleman.
A complete composition based on contrasts. Lasts long enough at just the right volume.