Well, with a note list that includes cherry blossom, ylang ylang, and heliotrope, I had high hopes. But the opening is powerfully screechy. So high-pitched and pink. Not sure what that pink note is, but its definitely in a lot of lower-end fruity florals.
Luckily, the opening passes quickly. It dries soon into something that isnt headache-inducing, so thats a very big plus. A lot of amaretto and cherry blossom here, folks. But also a lot of woody aromachemicals, a lot of cherry cough syrup, and a veneer of the mosquito-killing spray that emanates from trucks in the summers when you live in hot, damp places.
As the heart opens, the rose finally makes an appearance. A thin rose, but warm. And this makes me realize that Ive smelled the combination of ylang ylang, rose, and almond before in Hanae Mori (Butterfly) EDT. But Hanae Mori most certainly wore it better.
Points for creativity. And certainly points for creating an amaretto fragrance that doesnt smell edible. Unfortunately, it does smell poisonous. But maybe thats your thing. If so, you do you. But Ill be moving along.
The heliotrope and the bergamot that briefly ensure a bright opening that most immediately engulfed by the floral onslaught that follows - the name of this fragrance was not chosen without reason.
A rose is evident initially in the drydown, a pleasant rose that is quite bright but also sweet. Cherry blossoms with whiffs of hyacinth are also there, as is an ylang-ylang impression. The latter has some creaminess to it, but is not too heavy and blends in well. A slightly boozy character of the mix is provided courtesy of a touch of amaretto.
The base maintains the floral core to some extent, but with time it is overgrown by a tonka that gradually moves into the foreground. is has a smooth ambery undertone towards the end, when it is given sone additional depth by a soft suede impression that is accompanied by whiffs of a bright and modern powderiness.
I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and a superb thirteen hours of longevity on my skin.
This is an agreeable floral spring scent that is sweet without being too cloying. One issue isnt that some of the ingredients are quite generic and not particularly convincing beyond synthetic mediocrity, whilst others are created rather well. The performance is excellent though. Overall 2.75/5.
Amouage goes soft focus in an array of bleeding pinks with this one which takes a Tocade-like floral haze, imparts it with a tart fruitiness, and then lets gourmand notes of sweet almond and tonka seep through it. So, pretty much like a designer fruity floral with candied gourmand undertones then? Well, yes and no.
While I am sure an approximation could be reached by layering a couple of well-chosen drugstore perfumes, the first couple of hours deliver a seamless blend with a silken ooze about it that lifts it a cut above. Its mainstream, gentle and dreamy, notwithstanding an off-putting scented eraser rubberiness, and an easy and lazy wear.
After that, however, it deflates completely, turning into a vague candied smear on the skin, indistinguishable from the kind of stuff that sells in chain stores for 20 bucks.