A rosy hue
I've hardly smelled a softer rose fragrance than this before. Warm and cuddly thanks to an enchantingly soft musk-ambra base, which at first is shy, then becomes increasingly clear and coats the velvety rose petals with cosy warmth and a kind of sweet cream powder.
The sweetness here goes towards resinous sweet, with a slightly darker, almost chocolaty powderiness (but only after about 1-2 hours; the first phase is mainly warm rose). In a blind test, I would have typed benzoin as one of the base notes. Since it is not mentioned in the fragrance pyramid, it will probably be the ambergris combined with a slightly darker vanilla and a few ethereal frankincense threads that create this cosy warm-sweet environment.
The rose itself initially appears as a strong, dark red, proud velvet rose, as very warm and also voluminous, but thank goodness it does not appear warm and humid or oppressive or even madam-like thanks to the fresher accompaniment of a "clean", bright geranium. But the rose note does not play the main role on my skin for long, it melts relatively quickly with the base notes to a soft, warm red glow.
Although the rose remains the leitmotif throughout, its function seems to be to gently illuminate the creamy and resinous powderiness of the fragrance from within after a short period of wearing. "Spiritual" is a rather dreamy oriental and for me a rose, which I can also enjoy as a non rose fan thanks to this soft, dark sweet melting environment.
What I would have liked from "Spiritual", but the scent conceals from me, is a little more spiciness. I would have hoped for more pepper and incense, but I don't notice much of it except in the first few minutes. So, a little more spiciness and liveliness could be tolerated by the fragrance.
But anyway, it's also such a beautiful scented coat. "Spiritual" is softer, quieter and more cuddly than I would have expected with these ingredients.