I've always been fascinated by fragrance and the sensations and memories a hint of aroma can bring.
I'm usually drawn to bold, confident, and lush perfumes like Samsara, Opium, and Black Amethyst (my winter fragrance of December 2009).
I just purchased L'air Du Temps by Nina Ricci - an impulse purchase in a drugstore.
Upon the first spritz, it smelled like a perfume my nana used - floral and powdery - soft. The fragrance transformed quickly into a darker fragrance - like the faint smell of firewood. I'm thinking it is the vetiver, spices, oakmoss, and musk base notes emerging - yet so quickly! The bottle and the label of it being a floral fragrance seem so deceptive. I felt like I was offered a "Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty" perfume and ended up with the "Evil Queen or Witch" perfume instead, yet I'm not upset just amused at how the appearance and experiences of different people to this perfume have deceived me. I think a vulture,owl, or black bird would be a better perfume top on this perfume instead of the doves. Maybe it would sell more too.
This perfume's fragrance depends a lot on your body chemistry from my own experience and from the reviews I've read on this perfume. I can identify with the person, who said it smelled like leather.
I like this perfume because of the surprise element. Plus, I love the smell of firewood and a slow burning fire at night, so I'll probably wear this perfume more than I expected - especially on a cold wintry night.