This fragrance opens with an light almond accord. This is not Louve's bitter almond (liqueur), it is sweet and milky with only a touch of the bitter almond's typical sharpness (at the base) to keep the accord interesting. This is needed, because the scent smells so clean and musky like it was a body lotion. As the notes bloom on my skin, the almond accord develops into a sugared milk accord with a dash of vanilla. Pleasant and much easier to wear than the piercing Louve, this Montale it will be definitely a disappointment to true almond lovers. Despite its lightness, this scent has great sillage and tenacity.