I like the floral notes at first(jasmine, lavender, passionflower), but then the musk just takes over. I would have probably loved this in the 1980s when I was into musk.
I kind of like the orange/amber/vanilla combination, though overall it seems somewhat cheap/synthetic. The spices are irritating to my eyes and nose for the first few minutes, then settle down OK. However, the civet note is really pronounced (and civet smells like butt). Way too raunchy for me!
Loved the scent strip, hated the real thing! Revolting when first applied. Where are those lovely fresh top notes I've come to expect from Guerlain? Thick and nasty. Mostly coconut, incense, and...paste (the kind we used in grammar school)? After three or four hours the dry-down is actually nice...but not worth the hell of getting there!
This is the kind of perfume that evokes mental images, and the images evoked by LL are as strange as the perfume itself. At first the fresh, charming aniseed, ivy, and violet notes draw me in. Then other notes begin to reveal themselves in turn, surprising and strange, enchanting and disturbing. I see why others have used woodland imagery. I also picture a forest, pushing leafy branches aside to reveal wierd dark fruits and flowers, crawling through moist leaves on the forest floor, being drawn in deeper. Different notes keep shifting forward, first violet, then cherry (sometimes luscious black cherries, sometimes vivid red bonbon cherries in thick white syrup), ivy, pralines, vanilla, almonds, musk, earthier notes (vetiver?), each surfacing in turn. After a half hour the sweet pipe tobacco appears. How wicked, alongside the candy and fruit! This is not a little girl's perfume! Then after five hours the fruits and flowers fade and syrupy licorice begins to take over. The tonka bean and musk become louder. There's a metallic taste in my mouth, I feel sick--and finally feel compelled to wash the stuff off. I may not wear this one again--but the tiny apple-shaped bottle on my dresser will tempt me!
I also think this smells like a man's cologne. If the papaya note lasted longer I'd like it better. After a half hour on me, the scent is mostly oversteeped green tea.
Dizzying when first applied, but dries down beautifully. I use the perfume--a little goes a long way & lasts all day. Almost candy-sweet, intensely feminine. I love the orange note, but removed one lippy for the powdery aspect. Edit: in warm weather, the tuberose is a bit mintier than I like. I don't wear this as often as I thought I would and won't repurchase. It's the kind of perfume that wears you instead of the other way around.