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High concentration of sweet amber
Here we enter the darker land of ambery fragrances, a labyrinth of sickly sweet vanilla mixed with hints of tea, cedarwood, benzoin and leather. While the topnotes are rather appealing, strong concentrations of vanilla and benzoin in the base and the heart spoil the fragrance for me. It's overpowering in its attempt at taming the spicy topnotes by adding amber, and amber and amber again. Unfortunately, I can't pick up much of the leathery aspect other reviewers (on the German site) emphasized. Of course I know this fragrance is marketed as "provocative", and I normally like outspoken scent. But "No. 1 Extreme" is too sweet for me, the leather is not as haunting or smoky as I had hoped for and the entire composition is cloying and rather unimaginative. A disappointment.