This is an interesting one. This was one of the first fragrances I bought when I was starting my collection. I thought it was a solid, but uninteresting fragrance. It smelled inoffensive and clean. I went years without picking up my bottle. I never had any desire to wear it. At one point, I seriously considered selling it. I'm very glad I didn't. Here's why...
AHS opens with a really nice orange note. This transitions to a fresh and clean neroli mid. Finally, the fragrance enters into a dry down comprised of a vanilla, tonka bean, and musk mixture.
Yes, it's true that this isn't the most challenging fragrance. My initial impressions of this being clean and inoffensive aren't inaccurate per say. That being said, this also smells really good. AHS has definitely grown on me over time. You can't go wrong with this one. It's perfect for any occasion and at any time of year.
Some of you are probably wondering if you should choose this or the eau extreme version. Obviously, sampling is the best way to determine this. I'll say that I currently prefer this version. This has a more balanced dry down to my nose. The vanilla, tonka bean, and musk combination really works. I find eau extreme to be much more tonka heavy. If that's your thing, absolutely go for it. You can't go wrong with either.
I'll also note that this performs way better on my skin than it used to. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the aging of my bottle. I do have an older version of this. All I know is that I used to get average performance and now, with only one spray, this lasts much longer on my skin.
Longevity- 12 hours
Not stunning, not bad, I agree with most of the neutral ratings. However there's something in this fragrance that puts me off everytime I smell it. It's probably one of the notes that makes it a little feminine, something that smells like eyeliner or something. I can't seem to get used to this fragrance because of this.
Opens up with citrus, tonka, and aquatics. Copied many times in style, I seem to smell a worse version of this all the time. The difference here is the aldehydes. Its got some jump, snap. I always enjoy them, but they do tend to veer a fragrance into the feminine territory for me. I could wear it, but it would not be out of place on the feminine counter. People will think you smell good. Tough call between up and neutral. Blending is nice, ingredients smell pretty good, but the price is pretty high, since all discounted ones are fakes. Thumbs up.
A beatifully composed fresh scent that smells very clean and professional. Received compliments in close encounters due to the projection not too powering on me. A good work scent that will not offend others. Did not regret buying this one.