This is a review for the parfum. Although I don't totally hate this (I'm not washing it off, there is something semi-likeable about it)-- does anyone else get Avon's Skin So Soft from this? There is a bug spray overtone to this scent I can't seem to get past.
That being said, there is an animalic undertone that I do enjoy in this perfume. If the top notes were nonexistant, I would probably love it. If I could compare this animal to L'air du Rien, I'd say it's a bigger, messier, dirtier cat with huge balls. Maybe even a raccoon.... On second thought, forget the cat, this is more accurately a feral skunk.
When I smell it in the air around me, I enjoy this smell. However, when I sniff my wrists, or even get close to them, the similarity to SSS is just not doing it for me. It's like how cats seem very interested in a scent, then they get close and sniff and their whiskers go up and they make that scrunchy face and recoil. (Great description, I know). That's what I'm feelin here.
I don't get orange blossom, violet, floral anything, spice, Oriental, none of that-- just some civety, perfumey, synthetic old-fashioned vintage grandma-diva scent mixed in with Skin-So-Soft!!
The civety-goodness changes to a distinct fecal/ slight halitosis aroma 20 minutes later on my skin, with the top note of Skin So Soft. I bet this repels mosquitos.
EDIT: I'm glad I waited an hour on this one-- it has morphed into a beautiful gem of an animalic on me. The bug spray odor is gone. The perfumey vintage smell is gone. It's like an animal that just snuggled up and went to sleep. Now it smells good!!! Not powdery, floral, Oriental at ALL, though-- this is a straight up animalic on me, nothing else!!! Very pretty at this point!!
By no means is this weak, you will surely smell it, but it isn't overpowering like some can be, which is definitely a plus. There is an addictive quality about this fragrance, and it is unforgettable. I have regular cravings to wear this scent, nevermind the top notes!! The mid- to base notes are worth the wait.
***EDIT*** I name the EDC 5 stars, the parfum was too strong for me. I *-love-* the EDC though, but it is fleeting, and I don't get a strong note of oily, fecal civet but it is toned down enough to have a hint of that and be still a skanky Oriental. I have to try the EDT next to see if I still like it as much as the EDC, and hopefully it will last longer. Will update later.