A rich oriental whiskey fragrance imbued with a muted tobacco. It isnt a megaphone of perfume inappropriateness, and mostly stays in your aura. So you can indulge reveling in its sensuous elements without getting in others space.
It is a boozy, smoky, vaguely gourmand fragrance, so it reminds me of the gorgeous boozy amber gourmand, Sahraa Oud, at a cheaper price. Theyre more kissing cousins than family, but are similar styles I have a fondness for.
The heartnote brings in some rose and heliotrope, which has a satisfyingly gentle way of connecting with the beast without taming it too much. There is still plenty of sensual roar. The clary sage is interesting with its subtle slightly bitter herbal note. It keeps the bigger notes kind of grounded and real and has resonance with nearly all the notes here, so I find it effective as a moderator.
There is real satisfaction in 1978s drydown, because its an authentic drydown, with presence, not the surreptitious fading act of many contemporary fragrances.
As the voluptuous notes dry off, an amber foundation is revealed. Some of this perfumers amber drydowns in other fragrances were a little too boringly amber, me not being an amber-for-ambers-sake kind of person. But 1978s foundation manages to hold other strong notes into the drydown, so I found real pleasure in the ending. Actually 1978 has a lot of sensual oriental pleasure in it as a whole. Wear it for that.
Imagine yourself invited to a imperial ball.ladies are entering the palace,sleeping off their fur coats and walking up the marble staircase adorned with PERSIAN carpets,walking into the ball room,their silk dresses twirling in the candlelight,burgundy brocade curtains decorating the tall windows... rich oriental; boozy and resinous;smoky and delicious.
This begins with a subtle boozy accord,spiced with sesame while a delicious light,yuzu note mingles with a very refined and elegant tobacco. in the next phase of dry down.the scent shows her mercy and starts to hug you with all it's silky touches with spicy softness.it's smell that hugs you,touches your hair.the amber uses here is beautiful and balances the sweetness nicely.it is yummy and sweet but far from being sugary, cloying,sticky and candy-like.wearable in the morning or in the evening.