Unusual winter scent
I didn't care for this the first time I wore it. The notes were harsh and discordant and I didn't get any cocoa or depth, just a sour-sharp opening I thought was bergamot (must be the sequoia and ginger) and syrupy tiare. It was a complete turn-off. So I set it aside to give away. However, I kept thinking about it and finally decided to spritz it on before bed one night about a month later, and that time I loved it. I think the difference was weather and temperature. This is absolutely a cold-weather scent on my finicky skin, which has a tendency to turn musky and woody fragrances animalic and nauseating in hot weather. The harsh woodsy opening notes smooth out, and the tiare flower loses some of its sickly sweetness. I also get an earthy note that must be the cocoa, even though I can't identify it as such. After 2-3 hours I'm left with a light fragrance that evokes the pleasant memory of walking over a carpet of dry pine needles in the woods on a crisp late-fall day.
I will say this is not a fragrance with great depth, sillage, or lasting power. It needs to be reapplied every 4 hours at least. And try as I might, I still can't grasp the cocoa note in this one. Imagine a woman wearing Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche hugging a man wearing a one-dimensional woodsy cologne. The resulting combination that lingers on each wearer's skin for the next half or or so would be Cocoa Woods. The notes are still rather discordant, but somehow on a dry cold day it works.
Overall not one I'd purchase in full size, but I can see myself revisiting the sample on a dry winter day.