Not, what I expected -- way better! A cloud of flowers greet you straight away. Sweet grasses. My nose is tricked into believing it smells aldehydes. I get a quick lipstick note. The top notes buzz with joy... I smell more rose, than anything else in the middle. It's kind of like a "lipstick rose"... A lovely, gentle musk and vanilla with dry attributes, settle, in the base. Lovely creation!