Ambivalence - Perplexity - Discovery
A year ago I entered the world of souks, looking for a discreet, bitter men's fragrance and tried many. And the Cravache of Piguet prompted me to write a review for the first time, so bizarre were my experiences.
I was especially looking forward to Cravache, as the comments mention many features that appeal to me. "Classic men's fragrance", even "grandpa note", "pleasant retro feeling with character", "gentleman's fragrance" - that sounds good. And from Piguet I already know Bois Bleu and Bois Noir, especially the latter inspires me enormously, even if it doesn't come into question as a fragrance for me (one reads the comment of Zinken: "A Forest (The Cure)", he says everything).
Full of expectation a spray on my wrist - ... - and when I smelled the scent, I felt like I fell into a pastis glass in France. I actually smelled - ANIS - and almost nothing else. I don't like aniseed. How is that possible? That didn't match my expectations or the comments I've made so far. Is it my skin? On my nose? Has something like this ever happened to you before?
I didn't want to admit it and tried again a few months later - and a differentiated picture emerged. Still a lot of anise, but other notes suddenly appear as well. First, tart grapefruit, maybe lime. Later I mean to smell herbs, but I can't define which ones. Also Vetiver is visible (after a few hours?).
So it's a very complex fragrance for me that doesn't open up immediately. Am I scared off by the anise, or am I "working on" the scent? Because the development over time fascinates me very much, it gets better and better.
By the way, at home I put my wrist under my wife's nose - she didn't get aniseed by herself, only when I spoke to her directly about it she could understand my impression
Have you ever seen anything like it?