The opening of Liquid Dreams is peculiar to say the least: boldly spicy yet sweetish with also citrus notes, something floral-balsamic, on a woody-vanillic base. Basically a “clash” between sweet-lactonic notes, sharp-zesty notes and something balmy, warm, a bit “leafy” and woody, which I guess may be the narcissus-osmanthus accord. I thought I knew both notes fairly well, but here I had quite a hard time in detecting them – which may be considered as a good thing, as it means they’re really well conceived (or that this doesn’t contain any, but I’ll keep my good faith). Undoubtedly a nice opening phase, intriguing and positively “messy”, albeit a bit heavy and with some loud (perhaps too loud) contrasts; then it progressively becomes warmer and finds its “balance” once it, say, “tunes in” with your skin. The blend becomes then more refined, more harmonic, more focused on a quite pleasant and fairly realistic earthy floral accord with “dirty” and almost indolic nuances on one end, and citrusy-lactonic on the other. Basically it loses a bit of the initial sweetishness and overall power. Now, what I don’t like personally is a persistent, and increasingly dominant harsh spicy note or accord, halfway nutmeg and cloves, which is really haunting and kind of cloying, messing with what I consider really nice here instead – all the floral-earthy side. That, and some metallic whiffs and hints which come and go. Overall it’s not a bad scent, a bit 1980’s inspired (that sort of tacky loudness), but surely uncommon, far from trends and fashion and creative, with an enjoyable realistic natural feel. It would just need a couple of fixes in my opinion.