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JackTwist's Review of Ligea "La Sirena" by Carthusia

Turin's dismissal of this refined oriental as "Sub Shalimar" hardly treats it fairly, in my opinion. It's a wonderfuly old fashioned oriental chypre, but without the heaviness usually associated with those dense delights from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

In addition to the central combination of oppoponax and mandarin, there are suggestions of vanilla, amber, patchouli and rose. Some reviewers here have also detected cinnamon and ginger, but my nose does not.

It is not as heavy as either Shalimar or Emeraude, though I can see how some noses would make that connection. For all its honeyed depth, it amazes me with its lightness. It becomes an oriental one can easily wear throughout the summer. Perhaps there is a touch of petitgrain, which would explain the dry lift given to the mandarin.

Another winner from this house!

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