Old but not outdated
Now, as to the blend (both'), its floral and herbal qualities are evident to the nose, in that sense, no one can complain as to lack of complexity, floral topnotes morphing into a very discreet kind of sweetness.
Something that gets my attention is that the composition does not feel dated, at least to my nose; something that does not happen with other classics, like Guerlain's Vetiver or Knize 10. Maybe it is because it is very original, it is not something easily found somewher else - not the case being a common pattern in perfumery, in which one is the inspiration of many others, if not blatant copies. Yes, Canoe and Pinaud are almost identical, but that is where things end. As far as I know, Creed did not come up with its own version.
A mistery lurks behind this; what would happen if there were not any reference to its origins? What would happen if no one could refer Canoe with a blend launched in the 1930's? Would it be considered a breakthrough?
I am sure it would.
Not for blind buying, unless you do not care spending pennies.
A value for money where cardamom and gourmand notes stand out
As to topnotes mentioned...I can only get citric top notes and spices; it smells like lemon and mandarin orange blended with the cardamom, this last one is clearly perceived seconds after application. It...
Fast forward trip to soapy bliss
Pun intended. It does have the resemblances mentioned ad nauseam, however, as a reference. A very difficult concept to explain - the notes are analogous but the development is not, the general feeling is different: creamier, balsamic,...