Opening reminds me of cough syrup and has a little bit of a bite to my nose. After about 10-15 mins the smell starts to change and i start smelling something green (a fresh green leaf?). After 30 minutes or so the smell becomes intoxicating. It's like something you cannot stop smelling. Sweet vanilla, delicate lavender, very sensual... You can smell lavender from beginning to end, but it transforms from very strong, bordering on medicinal, to the most sensual, beautiful, creamy lavender vanilla. Yum.