I’m not going to describe the scent or tell you the myriad reasons I love it. I will just say this:
My bottle arrived about 6 weeks ago, late March 2020, knee deep in quarantine. And despite going almost nowhere AND the vast majority of people wearing masks, I’ve still managed to gather more compliments on this scent than any other fragrance I’ve worn in my life, it’s THAT good.
When I smell it without looking at the fragrance notes, nothing singularly jumps out at me. I smell earthiness, smokiness, a subtle sweetness, and something vaguely medicinal smelling. It takes me back to an amazing smell from my childhood that I discovered at a favorite aunt's house - a mysterious scent I still can not name or place. To me, the scent is much more masculine than unisex, but I also feel it smells very sexy on me. I want to wear it on a date to the museum or a close study session with someone handsome.
When you first spray this you get a strong wave of anise. I am not a fan of anise and was relieved that it dissipated almost instantly. I'm also not always too impressed with floral scents and it really depends on how heady they are and the other components they're incorporated with. They tend to be combined with fruity scents in the fragrances I find pleasant, but that's maybe a little less than interesting formula.
As this fragrance develops, there is a delicate violet top note, with woody, peppery mid notes and an earthy, patchouli base. They work in conjunction incredibly well and are impactful without being overpowering. Like a first spring field of wildflowers surrounded by tall, resiniferous trees. I agree with the previous reviewer that it is more feminine than masculine, but the deeper, more manly scents provide dimension for the light and lovely floral to shimmer.
As a side note, I use Frey products (cedarwood, oakmoss, amber) and this fragrance is a smashing combo. The laundry scent is almost certainly influencing the notes that I am getting, which is a consideration to make when reading my review.
I don't know how to describe this scent, but let me assure you it is magnificent. I don't think the description above is accurate to my experience though. I find this very feminine. At first application I didn't care for it, but I knew enough to let it develop (I mean, that's why we are all HERE, all of these scents evolve in their own time). This one gave me an initial impression of prepubescent girlyness (like my Barbie perfume when I was 5). But it grows up quickly and spectacularly. It is both familiar and brand-new; a secret room in the house that is you-- there all along but you've just never seen it before. It lies close to the skin but wafts in your wake as you move; sort of playing hard-to-get which of course just makes you (and those near you) obsess. I know I have failed to help you understand this perfume. I don't understand it and I'm wearing it right now. A beautiful alien.