Age: 45 to 54
Skin type: Dry
Pleasant, wearable, not particularly noteworthy
When I first sprayed L'Absolu, I was mesmerized by the bold mandarin and jasmine opening and the jolt of patchouli that quickly appeared. During dry-down, the ylang ylang was very recognizable, pure, and delightful. The tuberose appeared shortly after and it was also pleasant, if a bit sweet. I definitely enjoyed this fragrance during the first hour or two. And then...it faded into a depressingly unoriginal white floral skin scent. Being an unoriginal white floral isn't necessarily a bad thing; there are times when a subtle and unoffensive fragrance is called for—funerals, job interviews, any time you're in close spaces with strangers. And I will probably wear it just for those events because it is pleasant-smelling and balanced. I just had high expectations based on the description and notes—alas, I did not feel even a tiny bit like Marilyn Monroe wearing this. June Cleaver, maybe ;-) I give this 5/10 for sillage, 2/10 longevity, 6/10 originality/wow-factor (I did really love the opening of this fragrance and wish it had more of that vavoom and complexity in dry-down).