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Creamy Sticky Sweet Apricot Jam and Bug Spray
For the record, I ended up with this bold and stunning onyx colored glass bottle of by accident. The bottle is of astoundingly heavy weight and quality, it speak of pure luxury and strength. In contrast, the cap is composed of oddly cheap feeling plastic that does not fit securely on any of the four bottles I own. Moving on to the fragrance itself... Osmanthus falls into the category of intoxicating eveningwear fragrances for women, in my humble opinion. Definitely not office appropriate! This is just the sort of fragrance that my attract inappropriate attention from the opposite sex and/or cause complaints by fragrance sensitive coworkers...all in the space of 15 minutes. I find it dizzying with its sweet creamy apricot and tuberose veil. This fragrance would be in my top 5, no doubt if not for a single fatal flaw. The white datura which I find so hypnotic in Keiko Mecheri's "Datura Blanche" and Serge Lutens "Datura Noir" combines synergistically with the golden osmanthus note in this composition to become overwhelmingly cloying, I perceive a play-doh, cherry cough syrup and toxic sweetened bug spray that smells both repellent and candy-like, simultaneously. There is an undeniable association between a particular type of bug spray, I remember as a child- along with images of horrifyingly large flying cockroaches dropping dead in midair on my grandparents porch in late Summer, (Deep South, USA) and this smell. Mind you, I do not get this olfactory nightmare, at all from KM's Datura Blanche, which has that mysterious, alluring feel of "Hypnotic Poison". Osmanthus is certainly not a common smelling fragrance and the quality of the bottle and ingredients is unquestionable, however, it is totally unwearable for me. With its decent sillage of about 1 meter and persistent longevity of about 4-6 hours on me...it really always ends in a state of unpleasant nausea, nightmares of flying cockroaches and copious amounts of scrubbing.