Another day, another attar (I think only 2 left at this point).
Delice Ameretti [sic] is the Delice attar with a top note of almond. Talk about the power of suggestion: upon application, what I smelt was exactly an amaretti (the Italian cake) fresh out of the oven, not the crispy plastic wrapped ones but the ones with a thick, chewy-crispy crust and the almost moist interior, a concentrate of almond.
This receded within 30 seconds, the almond taking a backstage to a less gourmand leather-tonka-whatever is a base note usually like woods-musk mix, again very well blended so I am literally blind guessing. This one is not smoky and, so far, has no incense. It sort of smells like the shell of a fresh almond, the holed up wood that is so hard to break. Does not project very far either, but I like its subtlety-strength balance. It gets more gourmand as time passes.
One issue I've had with Carnival d'Havana is just how sweet it becomes, especially with the caramel-vanilla notes which end up dominating the thing (probably because I get used to the tobacco). Sometimes you just don't want to smell food. It's limiting my desire to wear it, and Tabac Grande which is getting more gourmand with every try. So far, Delice has avoided it.
edit: Incense Royale on the other arm. Opens again with that Coca Cola feel. But more resinous (cedar?). Rapidly heads to a resinous sweet space. Again, a very well blended smell which has a unique identity, but looking at the ingredients, I can sort of separate the bourbon vanilla absolute and ethyl vanillin as the cause for sweetness, although it's not as obviously dessert-like as CH. The cedar or whatever the resinous tree is is truly spectacular. Might wear it tonight.
Edited by crdb - 5/7/16 at 1:03am