I love Desert Nights. It's become one of my go-to fragrances, in part because I've been on a powder kick, but mostly because it's so soft, subtle, and hard to pin down.
The notes, per Amazon (and presumably, Auric Blends) are: "sandalwood rose composition accented by muguet, jasmine and soft oriental nuances of musk, woods and amber."
The notes, per me, are that there's certainly vanilla in here, but it has the muted, "brown" and fuzzy/smoky quality that amber gives to vanilla, so I'd not be surprised it entered in that context. There's a lovely powdery, dry sandalwood, and the clean skin quality I associate with clean musk (probably Egyptian). But while the opening is sweet, fuzzy/brown vanillic, powdery vanillic, clean skin, soft poof of sandalwood, running through everything -- kind of in the heart but also an aromatic note above -- is floral. Muguet, rose, general floralcy.
This is a balancer fragrance. It's complicated vanillic (not foody, but vanillic)/wood/floral. All the elements balance out beautifully and it pulls off the mystery of being both sweet, and yet somehow desert dry at the same time -- perhaps the sandalwood played neatly against the vanilla/resin and floral sweetness?
Very lovely, very affordable.
Auric Blends does some great scents and the prices are wonderful, but this one doesn't work for me at any price. Listed notes are sandalwood, rose, juguet, jasmine, musk, woods and amber. What I get is oily sandalwood with musk and fruity florals. It starts okay, but in the end the sandalwood takes over and it's so muddied up with the other notes, there's nothing go with. Overcomplicated and sweetly greasy. Nah.