Gilt Civet Woman is a huge, romantic, classic-style chypre that wears its influences on its sleeve. Yet, it ventures away from the expected ingredients (amber, moss, bergamot), relying instead on a balsamic myrrh note that’s merged with orris to produce an almost powdery-rich earthy effect. The florals are playing a key role—especially the jasmine, which stands out the most. There’s a soapyness to it, but it’s kept in balance; musks exist, but they're friendly.
This is about as retro as it gets, but it’s brilliantly articulated from top to bottom. Soft, textural, alluring. Gilt Civet Woman is very feminine, rich, mature creation. It starts little heavy but dries down to be warm, soft and silky.
Top Notes: Rose, Lily of the valley, Frankincense
Heart Notes: Myrrh, Orris, Jasmine
Base Notes: Ambergris, Civet, Musk, Cedarwood, Sandalwood
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