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I find the top note of this fragrance off-putting, especially the lemon, but eventually it dies down and allows the lovely rest to unfold. Soon I can appreciate the well-balanced floral accord in which rose slightly dominates. At first, oakmoss is strongest in the exquisite woody base. Wait longer and my nose returns hungrily to my hand for renewed rapture. This is a quality perfume, brilliantly composed. It's a fruity-floral with the sophistication of an oriental, to which rosemary adds a subtle but lyric hint of green. To me, 1872 is what the best of perfume is all about--a scent to make the nose glad of the ability to smell and turn admiring heads with refined sillage. No one's going to think "sex" when they smell this. [Note to self: don't wear on sex-bombing missions]. They'll turn to see what notable female is near. This is a perfume to wear to receptions and balls, to operas, ballets and symphonies. It's a striking fragrance for a woman who wants to impress while signalling, "No, you can't have my phone number." Obviously, avoid if single and available.