Bertrand Duchaufour the nose behind CDG Avignon, which I have tried but was not too impressed after two wearings. I rate Avignon 7/10. But he astonished me when I sampled his Timbuktu, led me to buy a full bottle. It earned many compliments every time I wear it and Timbuktu has climbed up to my top 10 best perfumes rating it 9.5/10.
This is now a tie as per my evaluation oh Duchaufour's creations. I can't wait for my Dzongkha to arrive.
Today my sample on Seville arrived along with 6 more samples, freebies from an online store as gifts from being their avid customer.
This is my take on Seville to please my curiosity. A dab on my right arm and I felt already its beastly orange blossoms. It smells strong but good on top as I smell the orange blossoms, white florals with a sharp tone of beeswax, that added light sweetness. There is a faint lavender note coming in and out.
But after 20 minutes or so, reaching the heart, I felt it to be slightly cloying. I can stand this cloying note but I can't distinguish which one it is, maybe carnation, as I am not accustomed to its scent plus I don't remember having a carnation note on my perfumes.
The heart didn't stay long and an hour after, the scent was pleasant but not original, not even outstanding. I know I have smelled this dry down before. If there is leather here, I didn't get any out of it. I smell paper, a stationary but very light yet nice. But I have smelled this dry down better on one perfume that I admire.
Seville is a love/hate perfume. A loud & potent charming top, a less interesting mildly cloying heart and a lightly pleasant dry down, not unique but appealing.
It is suitable for spring and fall on an afternoon to evening occasion. This is best & would get more compliments on a windy outdoor walk, garden setting event plus would attract female noses. I don't think, as a man, that I will turn my head to a woman wearing Seville.
I would rather turn my head on a woman wearing a heavier, more refined and wonderful dry down, like Alien. This is Seville's resemblance, a heavyweight and way ahead more beautiful base scent. My rate would be 7/10. Admirers of Alien may like this greener & lightly floral fragrance with a citrusy top.