Dang I love this fragrance. Usually I don't have a problem with words...but I'm not sure how to describe this. I guess it's not surprising that I like this because I'm seeing that, as I try more and more different scents, I tend to gravitate towards more 'unisex' and possibly woodier scents (but not so spicy). For example, while an iris scent, I truly love l'Artisan Iris Pallida. I tried other irises, such as Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist and the Different Company Bois d'Iris, but nothing compares in terms of loveliness. I suspected that maybe it was the guaiac note and so I sought out other fragrances with that particular note to see if that's what I love. I don't really have refined olfactory senses at this point so I'm not sure if the guaiac is what makes Iris Pallida special, but I'm so glad I explored because I found this little gem. But now I would liken my state to the feeling of unrequited love because I fear I'll never own a full bottle (having never been to Japan let alone in possession of $400 in disposable income to spend on perfume! If only...). Anyway, yes, this is a woody fragrance. It's not 'loud', but lays close to the skin, as other reviewers have already mentioned. It's warm and clean-smelling. I guess it's masculine, but I'm a 30 year old girlie girl and this fragrance is about as close to holy grail as I've ever gotten. My husband doesn't really notice it, but I like this fragrance so much that I don't even care. If you have the money BUY IT (for me!). If not, get the largest decant you can. This is a great everyday fragrance, which is probably why I love it so much. Special occasions might call for something a little 'more'.
Update: I've given this review some thought since writing it a few days ago and, while I still love this fragrance, I have to admit I'm somewhat uncomfortable with the policy of 'exclusivity' practiced by Le Labo in regards to their City Exclusive range. I'm kind of torn over this...while I like the idea of a fragrance as an homage to a place, and I like the idea of wearing a fragrance that isn't mainstream (is unique and so forth), I'm not sure I like that these city exclusives are only available in their respective namesake cities. But I guess making them readily available would make the whole concept 'city exclusive' redundant...At the same time, this concept seems elitist and exclusionary, which is not something I really like. I don't know if this negative connotation is something that's intentional on the part of the company...perhaps they've got a good conceptual/practical justification. I dunno...still thinking about this one.