It is no exageration to say that I chuckled when first I opened the little packet containing my 3ml rollerball sample of this oil and the sweet woody smell gently wafted to my nose. . I knew immediately that I would buy a full bottle and barely a week later I did so.
I don't quite know why I love it so much but suffice to say I feel a definite lift when I inhale deeply of this fragrance, much like a layer of cotton wool has been removed from around my mind.
The top notes to me are richly sweet wood with a medicinal vibe and gushings of a dusty, earthy patchouli.. The rose I smell is not a garden rose but a rich, thick rose absolute and the spice is laid back, creamy, smooth with nothing in particular jumping out as a note. As it wears there is an animalic musk, intensely sweet and savoury, and a sandalwood josstick that is only slightly burt.
The bottle is heavy at around 12 ouces when full. The gold and silver parts are metal, the lid has a small glass dipper inside that dispenses a tiny drip. I hardly use the dipper as I prefer to decant into a 3ml rollerball so that I don't contaminate the main bottle. The box is dark blue, comes in two parts (an outer tube slides over an inner tube which has two front opening doors to reveal a lining of holographic gold and the perfume bottle nestling in a red fabric covered base (very pretty indeed).
It has moderate sillage, is long lasting, and although it developes it is fairly linear. This is my most complimented perfume and I absolutely love it. Of the perfumes I own Mon Parfum Cherie par Camille comes closest in character.