Age: 45 to 54
Skin type: Dry
Light, soft, feminine...predictable
This fragrance is part of a new collection of Amouage fragrances, the Secret Garden, which I think is designed to make this sophisticated line more accessible. In that, it succeeds, because it is a soft, sweet blanket of delicate florals and amaretto accord—think Jergens hand lotion in the original cherry almond scent dressed in a couture gown. It opens with a very soft and powdery heliotrope and blooms into a light cherry blossom with a boozy rose undergirding it. After about an hour, the gourmand notes appear...the amaretto is most pronounced with hints of vanilla and burnt sugar. I wouldn't say Blossom Love really veers into true gourmand territory, however; the florals and the vaguest hint of almost smokey suede keep it from going full-out foodie fragrance. However, I can't ever seem to shake the almond, which for me became the dominant and longest lasting note. The cashmeran and sandalwood never truly developed, leaving Blossom Love a rather linear and unexciting cherry almond fragrance. This is my 3rd Amouage fragrance, the others being Interlude Woman and Epic Woman, and this is by far the most underwhelming and simple. Complexity and longevity are hallmarks of the Amouage house, and this one fails in both respects for me. I see this as something entirely unoriginal, unnoticeable, and unoffensive—a woman of any age could wear this anytime, anywhere. I see this as a very nice everyday spring fragrance, an appropriate fragrance for the office, a sweet and casual scent you throw on as easily as slipping into your favorite cotton shirt. I don't see this as a date-night fragrance, a statement fragrance, or something you wear to lift your mood or boost your confidence. In other words, it does everything you want in a $50 cologne—but not a $345 fine perfume. I rate this 4/10 sillage, 3/10 longevity, 4/10 "wow" factor. I'd definitely consider this as a good Scentbird selection, but never a good value or potential full-bottle purchase.