Nice drydown, but not a "true" loukhoum, and not worth the price
This perfume is not easy to come by in the States! I was glad to acquire a sample. I am sort of obsessed with Loukhoum scents, and even more than anything I'm an almond freak, so I was very excited to try this. Let me say that my first impression was Ludens cherry cough drops. Not really that bad, but a little syrupy sweet, artificial, and somewhat surprising to be honest. I didn't hate the cherry, but it wasn't my finest hour (or 3) with Lutens. Yes, the almond was there throughout, however I felt it took several hours to get to that delicious, soft, delicate, feminine, almond pastry stage. One it got there, I was in heaven, however I felt the time taken to get there wasn't necessarily worth it. The whole time I kept waiting for the cherry to fade, and when it did I was awestruck, but man, it took hours! Once I got to the stage where it smelled so amazing, the sillage had faded significantly, so that was a minus as well. And by the way, where's the rose? If you're looking for a Loukhoum with a prominent rose note, this isn't it. You'd be better off with Ava Luxe Loukhoum which has a prominent candied rose note throughout. So bottom line, if I was given a bottle or decant, I'd wear it, but I don't believe the scent warrants the outrageous price tag. For a gorgeous Loukhoum scent, try the Ava Luxe, or better yet, try Montale's Sweet Oriental Dream.