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Donna: This is a true bombshell, intense floral fragrance in the great 1980s style. A fragrance for the brave, the diva who doesn't mind taking the center stage. Starts with a bold, sour, old fashioned, dark rose, that transforms to a beautiful slight creamy leathery-smoky-dark rose stage, almost the sort of creamy effect of the rose-oud-saffron combo that appears in some modern ouds like Montales Aoud Safran (swe), but in Donna without the oud. There is also just the right spicy carnation note supporting the rose and probably it's this combination that gives the creamy-leathery-smoky effekt. Later on, soft sandalwood and musky notes smoothens and calms the fragrance a bit but the dark, smoky rose are still there, lurking in the blend. When I smell Donna, I'm glad that someone still has the courage to produce such an "unfashionable" and not at all easy to wear fragrance.
Alamut: This is much smoother and more pleasant than I've imaged from reading reviews of it. A bit powdery rosewood, the beautiful gunpowder note that is used but on a much higher volume in my favorite LV Teint de Neige. There is also polished orangeblossom notes, soft wood and spices which smells like an old wooden chest used to store spices for deacades. Alamut is the true image of a member of the soft oriental fragrance family. Comforting, unobtrusive but still ever present during its dry down, a cherishing fragrance for autumn and winter.
Sandalo: A velvet smooth, straight-forward, nutty sandalwood, not the sharp type of sandalwood (I think it's the australian grown type of sandalwood that contains the sharp notes). Reminds me of Etro Sandalo (swe) but less peppery in style. The Etro I refer to is an older formula than the one sold now which I havn't sniffed. LV Sandalo is a very good canditate for those who seeks for a singlenote sandalwood for the fragrance wardrobe.