Masque Luci ed Ombre, this time without anything else within sniffing distance.
I understand it better. It's based on incense, which is there in minute proportions - similar to the absinthe glass rinse in a sazerac. And as with a sazerac (or an anaesthesiologist dosing fentanyl, or balancing a lead ball on the edge of a knife) it's all about being extremely careful with the dosage as incense is such a powerful and concentrated note, you can easily put too little or too much. A sazerac that tastes of aniseed, or one devoid of the note, is a failed sazerac.
Here, the various facets of the hint of an incense backbone are picked up by what seems to be a pairing of white florals (so thoroughly well blended together you cannot distinguish the tuberose from jasmine) and ginger, which cuts through the "fat", and "moss" which I assume means oakmoss, which I can't detect outright but can sort of feel second degree from the extra depth it gives the perfume (as would Peychaud's bitters in aforementioned sazerac).
As time passes, a "cheesy mint" note starts coming out. I assume that's the patchouli - I've never really smelled the thing on its own so don't really know how to isolate it.
All in all an interesting fragrance suitable for a quiet night out.
edit: 2 hours in, it has become a hairspray. Colin Maillard on basenotes detects a lot of synthetics particularly in the making of the incense, and Iso E. I don't know if that's what I'm smelling, but that could be it. Shame, it started well.
Edited by crdb - 6/8/16 at 9:29pm