I'm big and bold; I have sillage and staying power that won't quit. I am a true classic. While shalimar remains my favorite scent of all time, I bought this on a whim from nordie's blind. I luurveee it. Something about smells a little dirty to me in a sexy way. Other faves are Angel, the new Petite Robe Noir. You'd probably not like this if you don't want a big showy fragrance. I think all the fragrances I like actually are great winter and fall scents. Still looking for a summertime oriental. Any suggestions?
This is a masterpiece, no question. The sandalwood, ylang-ylang and jasmine are perfectly balanced. It's a clean sandalwood unlike other favs of mine like Obsession which are a bit more dirty. No leather like Cartier Must no civet like Obsession. Just rich, soapy, creamy sandalwood, jasmine, ylang-ylang and powder.
Samsara is one of the most wearable Guerlain, maybe the most wearable perfume ever.
This is a huge, unapologetic fragrance. Even in EdT form it is enormous. Samsara is an over the top combination of jasmine and sandalwood. Previously, in the 90's it contained a lot of Mysore sandalwood along with powerful synthetic sandalwoods like Polysantal. The effect was tremendous: waves of rich, narcotic jasmine over a booming base of sandalwood. Now that Mysore sandalwood is no longer available, the balance of the fragrance is lost. The jasmine is as decadent as ever but the sandalwood is screechy and thin, a changeling of synthetics and Australian sandalwood. Mismatched as it is, Samsara is still compelling. I hold out hope that somehow Guerlain will be able to work around the lack of Mysore sandalwood and restore Samsara to its former glory. For now tho, I stick to vintage. Evaluating the current formulation, I would give it 3 lipsticks. Vintage of course gets 5!
EdT: It opens with a heady jasmine, almost too much to the nose, but wait! It slowly gets softer, the vanilla steps in. If you love woody fragrances this is for you. Personally I love it. The drydown is pure aromatherapy, honestly. If you are into very floral fragrances or aquatics you may not find this very pleasing. Someone compared it to Sensuous by Estée Lauder but I can´t find any similarities at all. It is unique. Very well done and a classic.
This started off with a very nice (if potent) vanilla-jasmine-tuberose with a hint of spice, but I don't care for the drydown. The vanilla become too sugary and thick and slightly chemical without a lift from the florals or spices. I would believe that it smells good on other people, though.
I love orientals and warm fragrances but this, while it is a nice fragrance, is rather dull. It lacks any kind wow factor. It is one of the "legendary" fragrances but I couldn't smell what was so amazing about it. I probably wouldn't mind picking up again in a few years time for a change of pace but I won't be adding it to my collection.
This is an absolute classic which lives up to its fame...fabulous fragrance, long-lasting...one or two sprays are enough as it can be overpowering...highly recommended.
it is expensive so i reserve it for occasions...
A classic and a must-have...BUT, I hate it. It smells too thin and spicy for me.
I remember vividly my mum wearing this back in the early 90s as soon as I smelled this! Lovely woody vanilla, very loud and great longevity and sillage. A true classic
I'd get a sample first. On some people, its a skins scent. I am so envious of them, because on me, its still a little loud for a solid 15 min. As soon as I opened the package, it was there to meet me. My hand is Samsarized after only holding the vial. One swipe of the vial's dipper is plenty. That being said, it would be killer at a formal event. I adore you, Samsara parfum, but not enough to shell out $200 for the full bottle.
One. Single. Spritz of edt... and you will feel like a leopard slinking about the mall, waiting for the drydown. You are either seducing and intoxicating everything in your path with the true to form sandalwood, or you are getting side-eyed by wallflowers with that floral note that was probably ideal for the time it was made, but a wee bit embarrassing now. Darling dear Samsara, if you could just tone it down a bit....
Time passes, but this scent ain't going nowhere. I feel the floral shouting note waifs in and out. When its in, its in your face like Sasha Fierce. It is probably a masterpiece that is a bit dated. Like Opium, I want it for a reference and for nostalgia, and for when you want that feline groove back. No doubt that the slightest mist of this on you would seduce your prey.
2 hours later: The big-haired, power suited floral is talking your ear off and reapplying her makeup. You will feel the urge to scrub it off.
4 hours later: Sandalwood has won. Sublime veil of the rich good stuff. You need it. You can put up with the loudness. Ahhh, sandalwood....
6 hours later: Slight floral hangover that borders on that medicinal smell of the dentist's. Sandalwood has fled. Barely detectable overall.
Would make a good scent to wear when you need a confidence boost. Its sexy but not desperate.