I had much the same response as many of the reviewers: the first time I smelled this, I was horrified. I wasn't expecting the smoke, and it was SO strong, so opinionated. I put the sample away, but found myself returning to it for that smoke, dryness, strangeness. More and more, I found myself really liking it. Finally, I went through a smoke phase, and got very overdosed on sweet fragrances. It was fall, I was tired, I was deep into my brain and the abstract. Suddenly Palais Jamais clicked. I got a decant and roared through it. This is a scent I often carry with me even when I'm not wearing it, just in case. It's refreshing to smell, interesting, complex, and if you end up in a fragrance disaster, it can move almost anything into bearable. I get a dry, green, deeply smoky beginning. The smoke backs down slightly, and a very very dry, aromatic jasmine with slight hint of herbal (sage and bergamot) twines around it. It is dry, the driest scent I know. It's opinionated, odd, rich, elegant, layered. The packaging (as with all Etros) is gorgeous, and if I smelled this on a man, I'd love it. However, if I smelled this on a woman, I'd love it too. But this is not a scent I'd EVER give to someone as a gift unless they'd smelled it and already knew they loved it. I don't even include this as a decant - it's just too idiosyncratic -- but do often include samples of it just because it's so interesting.