I remember the first time I fell in love with this perfume. I sniffed it at the Barcelona airport duty-free shop, but I miserably did not buy it at that time. This one had some addictive notes that, once boarded, I couldn't stop smelling the back of my hand, the more I sniffed it, the more I fell in love with it.
By the way, let me introduce you now to this original bouquet, which is like an Antoni Gaudí's artwork. To me, it is a dry sweet-oriental woody-spicy fragrance. It opens with a fresh citrusy and zesty accord, there is plenty of lemons, mandarin, and bergamot citrus juice and peel in there that lasts quite a few minutes. This lovely citrus fruit reminds me of the opening of Artisan John Varvatos for men. But something magic is even present, I guess it is the guava, with its strong aromatic and attractive perfume. I presume I've never smelled guava fruit, so I'm not sure if it's that, but it smells like a Hawaiian sunset if sunset had a smell, and I'm guessing on the Hawaii thing because I've never been there, either! I've read that guavas have a strong aroma, complicated to describe, slightly sweet, very flowery, and heady, and anytime you understand that it seems like a warning, yet not in this case. I feel like I am in a tropical paradise, but far away from coconut or pineapple fruit.
Then, some herbal rosemary and thyme linger for a while in the air, just before the warm cashmere wood, patchouli, and cistus start leaving the skin and reach your nostrils. It is a rarity having these notes in the beginning, which lead straight to the heart of the scent.
The most prevailing notes of the heart are the pink pepper, including a bit of cinnamon and caraway, and yet some more sparkling tangerine. That should be the reason why citrusy notes reappear later. Some aldehydes are in there, not in the aquatic form, but more close to a fresh breeze of air. In this mix, I firmly get the characteristic aroma of crushed pink peppercorns, which I adore.
After that, about one hour or so, dry woodsy notes of amber, mild musk, oakmoss, and vanilla take off and wrap your body. This pleasant sensation last for several hours, on both your skin and your clothes. Notwithstanding vanilla, musk, and oakmoss are in there, the perfume does not turn into a powdery accord.
Hence, there's lavender, guava, cinnamon, mint, everything you could imagine, but not like anything you're expecting. And if you give it a chance, it is better. This fragrance stunned me. It has a complexity out of the ordinary. SOLO is excellent, nothing smells close to it (except for the flankers).
Very nice see-through bottle, with a logo on the sprayer, orange-brown juice that resembles citrus-based fragrance surrounded by soft spices and woods, and adorned with bronze metal parts. In line with my flavor, I think it gives its best during warmer temperatures like late spring, summer, and even early autumn seasons. On my skin, both longevity and sillage are above the average, an outstanding fragrance. It deserves a 9/10.
I'm glad people don't wear this too much, given that it is one smell that makes you feel enjoyable. Like you are a profound individual. An intellectual. And I find myself reflecting a lot when I wear it. The name SOLO (on my own) couldn't be more fitting, I reckon.