1873 (Histories de Parfum)
This fragrance opens with a whirlwind of tart citrus notes, sweet orange blossom and milky caramel. The resulting accord is fresh, fruity and most of all sweet, to which lavender adds an interesting herbal touch. It ensures in fact the initial accord is not too sugary. As the fragrance progresses, the citrus notes disappear to reveal the beauty of the orange blossom, whilst the caramel note turns from gooey and to crystalline. Together with the lily note, the two help creating a "dry" orange blossom experience; it is not floral and airy, but rather powdery and sugared, like candy. In its sweetness and sheer power the fragrance reminds me of Bal d'Afrique without is sweaty, spicy undertone. The fragrance becomes lighter as it dries down and the strong caramel note calms down considerably. The dry down can be described as a caramelised musk.