powdery orris patchouli
i swear the orris used here reminds me of what's used in iris des champs by houbigant - it's not really the kind i'm looking for as it reminds me more of scented tissues than the facets i usually look for in the note. the mid stages are probably my favourite, where the patchouli comes forth and brings a feeling of earthy chocolatey-ness, surrounded by a halo of the aforementioned orris and supported by a deeper, salty ambergris and a hint of spice. unfortunately for me the benzoin / cinnamon in the base, combined with the ambergris, kind of overwhelms everything else with a powdery note that, after a while, triggers an unpleasant scratchy sensation in my nose. unfortunate.