13 years ago
Poor Benetroessences... By some odd chance I've amassed all three and they are really lovely. Relent is, as many have pointed out, the snuggly, soft one of the three. The opening is fairly crisp -- a citric note (definable as orange if you're looking for it, but generic citrus if you're not), a very soft herbal lavender, a bright bergamot. It's pretty, unisex, refreshing. There's a hint of tiare and frangipane, but not much. Then, the perfume shifts. The bright citric notes recede and a warm amber foregrounds. The amber is soft, rich, on the edge of the gourmet amber we all know, but not quite there. Without being overt, the tiare and frangipane pull out warm floral notes from the amber. Ultimately, baby powder for adults is one way to describe it. A soft, rich, light herbal amber is another. The amber/floral does have the feeling of some of the notes of Johnson's baby powder, but this is not a sweet, cloying baby powder smell. It's light, elegant, lovely to go to sleep with, always appropriate. Worn too heavily on a man, I can easily imagine this becoming too sweet, that over-heady Sweet Guy's Aftershave that is so nasty, especially in confined spaces. I think a light hand with this on men, a slightly less restrained one on women, and I would prefer it on a woman. But it is very pretty.
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