|Picture: In Cafe at Hotel Sacher, Wien|
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Opens delicious with something which smells as a very dry lavendel note combined with coffe, cream and cardamom. Instantly the coffe-cream-lavendel Belle en Rykiel from Sonia Rykiel comes to my mind but Belle is sweeter and more gourmand in style, Intoxicated is like an ariy, subtle version. After a while Intoxicated moves a step further compared with Belle and Intoxicated is further warmed up with more light, sort of airy interpreted spices with an offsetting fizzy accord/note which is present from now on.
During the whole drydown, Intoxicated seems to be injected with some special almost fizzy aromatic notes but the notes are not of the full herbal quality. Instead the impression is as some parts of some aromatic notes have been separated and then mixed to a new version of an aromatic note. Anyway, that note or accord perfectly counterbalances the sweetness from coffe,cream and the warmth of the spices.
Finally, in the basenotes, Intoxicated ends up in a pleasant mix of fresh cardamon in a caffe latte, suported by the rest of the spices. very cozy and awesome to wear a grey, rainy autumnday. There is also the fizzy, woody quality (described above) in the base that brightens it up and avoid that Intoxicated ends up too dense and sweet which is always a risk with "café-inspired" fragrances. There are also traces of something dark, similar to patchouli.
Intoxicated is IMO the stand out (at least when it comes to what's pleasant for me to wear, when it comes to originality Smoke for the Soul takes the prize) in the Addicted State of Mind-trio. Wearing this well balanced blend gives the image of visitning a cosily café and stay there for hours a gloomy autumn afternoon. It's a pleasure to wear, makes the wearer happy and it is suitable for daytime wear during the cold season. The sillage is close, and there is overnight longevity. Even if not a groundbreaking composition Intoxicated is so delicious, nice to wear and comfortable that it deserves:
Notes: Cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, coffee