A Rose Warhead
WOW! This stuff is potent.
One thing I'm sure of: I'm definitely smelling a LOT of rose! And it's not really the sweet, clear rose of Stella McCartney's Stella; it is closer to my grandmother's fusty rose, unfortunately. At the top I also strangely got a sweet suede-like smell. I tiptoed along the ledge of feeling a bit nauseous by that note. There is no suede or leather note listed, but it has got to be there. After about 30 minutes it had passed, but I did not at all enjoy that phase. I'm not really sure what else I'm smelling, as I don't really know what saffron smells like. I don't get any coriander, and the other florals are completely drowned out by the rose. Maybe I'm getting a touch of jasmine, but the rose is such a beast. No amber. No musk. A tiny hit of vetiver. My skin smells like a very salty rose...how is this possible?! And this is supposed to be an agent of seduction?! I can't think of a man alive under 50 years of age who would want his wife/girlfriend/lover, etc to smell like his grandmother! Ew.
All that being said, I don't dislike this perfume. I will likely not reach for it very often, as I feel like I need to be in a certain mood to handle it's "vintage-y" scent. I actually have a sample of its flanker, Agent Provocateur Eau Emotionelle, which I think I like a bit better. It seems tamer compared to its nuclear-tipped warhead of a sibling. The beautiful pink porcelain bottle is a Trojan horse for the conquering juice inside. I'll bet Helen of Troy smelled like this! It wasn't her beauty...it was Agent Provocateur!
Sillage is enormous. I applied a squirt to each wrist, which I smoothed down my hair, and then one to the back of my neck. I was overcome! It was too much! Now it's over three hours later, and it's manageable. I like it better now than at the top. Next time, I think I will spray the mist in the air and walk through it.
Longevity seems to be good. I like it, but it's...moody. I feel like it would be best to wear out in the evenings, but then I will risk imperiling the lives of all those around me. This is definitely not office, school, or church safe! I only feel safe wearing this at home alone!
Overall, I guess I will give it a 4.5 out of 10. That seems harsh, but I don't feel I can rate it too highly, but I also don't dislike it. It is strong enough for my tastes and lasts a long time, which I appreciate. I just wish it were fresher and less fusty.