Love's Special Blend is easily misunderstood, outspoken; yet gratifying. An eccentric personality like this is very much acquired taste. There is a raw, animalic opening compared to the essence of a barn or barnyard. This is due to the use of real oud, but understanding its nature can make this admissible. Synthetic or westernized ouds are often immediately likeable and skips the harsh stages. It's the ugly duckling of perfumery, but evolves beautifully when intermixed with specific notes. In this case, the vanilla, rose and white floral accord compliment the dark and murky oud. How is this different from the original blend? It is simply Love Don't Be Shy surrounded by a dense cloud of oud that eventually settles. Through the darkness the Love Don't Be Shy you know and love is still there, but bitter sweet. This is where perfume becomes art and the appreciation is found in the innovation and inspiration.