I purchased this fragrance (unsniffed ) based on the glowing (but scant) number of reviews on MUA. The bottle design is quite nice. Reminds me of Chanel but more bulky. The top is a bit heavy however it fits well and won't fall off and leave you limping if you accidentally tip the bottle to the side (I'm looking at you, Laura Mercier!).
Now for the important part - the fragrance itself. I must admit, on my initial spray I was not too impressed. It was certainly pleasant, but I wasn't "wowed". The lavender is not obvious... On first spray I smell a not-too-dry prominent almond note and some violet, tempered from being too sickly sweet by the soft lavender. The lavender is slightly powdery. It is certainly not medicinal or herbal and if you are hoping for an aromatherapy experience, you will be disappointed.
The fragrance does turn slighty sweeter and less powdery after the initial hour on my skin. It lasts about 4 hours.
So why am I giving this 5 stars? (I actually wanted to give 4.5, but MUA won't let me) The answer is if I put aside my disappointment at the fragrance not living up to its name, I actually really enjoy it.
Is this masculine? No, I don't think so. I sometimes wear unisex and masculine fragrances, including the wonderful Guerlain Vetiver. This fragrance is, to me, distinctly softly feminine. It is certainly not candy/cupcake sweet, it is not a rich and heady oriental, nor is it a loud brash floral. It is, instead a soft, understated, elegant and rather expensive feminine scent. Does it have huge sillage? No - it is more close to the skin, wafting gently as you walk by. I get a lot of compliments, particularly when I am hugging a friend or sitting close to someone. I like it more than the original Chloe, which gives me a headache.
If you like Chloe Lavande, I imagine you will also like Chanel No.5 Elixir Sensuel, Prada Infusion D'Iris, FM En Passent, Kenzo Flower le parfum (red bottle), and Lancome 2000 Et Une Rose.