Trying out new samples today.
Pre-shower: Amouage Epic Woman. Unlike most of you guys, I almost always start with the feminine Amouages and then make my way to the masculines. I'm a big fan of this one, based on one wearing. It opens up with pink pepper and warm spices. I'm not a fan of pink pepper, as it tends to overpower the other notes, but thankfully that phase of the scent doesn't last all that long. It dries down to a beautiful, bright, sweet rose that's actually a little bit reminiscent of Lyric Woman.
SOTD: L'Orpheline by Serge Lutens. DO NOT LIKE! This opens with a really unpleasant, headache-inducing cedar note. (I don't tolerate cedar very well unless it's way in the background. It is definitely not in the background here.) After the initial cedar phase, I detected a similarity to another fragrance that I did not like at all. For a couple of hours I tried to figure it out, but I couldn't place it. Finally I realized that it reminded me of M/Mink. It's the incense note that accounts for the similarity. This will probably not get repeated wears.