I read someone else's insightful review on fragrantica that Imari should not be thought of as an oriental based on its red container. Basically, it's a balsamic (I think) green floral aldehydic wood. I suppose it's technically an oriental because of basenotes, but it reads to me as a cross between a floral aldehyde and a chypre (though it contains no moss). (It's not overtly Galbanum, or uber leathery or challenging though, so if you aren't a fan of vintage green chypre, no worries).
I am so accustomed to Galbanum powerhouse fragrances (vintage Balmain Vent Vert, vintage Guerlain Vol de Nuit), that this seems like infant Galbanum on training wheels. Mild green powdery opening segueing into a soapy (think old fashioned bar of perfumed hotel soap) mixed floral aldehydic scent that most likely appealed to a broad range of consumers at the time of launch. It's not all that far from a floral aldehydic fragrance, even one that is not technically greenish, such as chanel 5 minus the civet (I have vintage EdC and I am not really a fan of chanel aldehydes; I prefer the softer treatment of guerlain aldehydes). It's certainly more pleasant to my nose than my recollection of vintage Arpege (I am not a fan of Arpege). I do have a tiny bit of vintage Guerlain Chant de Aromes, which is a bit green, and I wonder if Imari and CdA have notes in common. It is powdery, but gentle, not throat parching. I do get a sense of hay in the dry down. Obviously Imari doesn't have the mirabelle plum that Chant has, but they do have similar greenness, floral middle notes and wood. Vintage avon Charisma is much more green and sharp and dark than. Imari.
When the red container led me to expect a powerhouse oriental, I did wish that I got a sense of the resinous bitterness or tea tannins, smoke or incense or even a lot of musk that other reviewers seem to describe. Perhaps I am anosmic to certain types of musk. No idea. I do get a sense of lift from soft aldehydes.
I consider Imari and Perle Noire (launched in 1992?) as modern avon. I decided to try them based on my experience with vintage avon fragrances (topaz, Persian wood etc) And I decided to just forget my horrific experience with avon Extraordinary (2005) that I am classifying as just a gourmand aberration. I had read numerous reviews that discuss how vintage avon scents contain more quality ingredient than modern luxury niche perfumers today. If you decide to buy vintage avon, I recommend buying splash bottles, stored in their boxes, as the kitschy cute avon bottles probably tempted people to store fragrances improperly in light and heat. If your bottle smells at all skunky, then it has spoiled.
Note: I do feel that once I work up the energy to pry off the atomizer spray top, so that I can dab Imari, that will take care of any issues re powderiness and hopefully emphasize some of the other aspects, as the fragrance notes are right up my alley. Given it's extremely reasonable price, ready availability, and the fact that it is easily wearable, I am not going to demote the stars for my inability to smell some of the notes.