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Geisha Rouge is a very sexy, spicey scent. The notes in it are tonka bean, tobacco and vanilla, combined with cinnamon, star of anise, clove, and sandalwood, according to the website. They wanted it to be sexy and feminine but not floral... and they succeeded.
Upon application, Geisha Rouge is very heavy with the cinnamon. But as the scent dries down this takes a back seat to the rich notes of sandalwood and clove. I can smell the vanilla and tonka bean, but only after trying really hard to do so. I do not catch the anise, but the tobacco scent is sort of laced through the middle of this. To me the cinnamon in this one is just too strong, and comes off smelling a little bit "Renaissance Fair" perfume oil. The solution for me is to temper it with more vanilla, I think.
When I first tried this on, I'll be honest - I was wearing my workout gear (pre-workout... no sweat yet). I instantly thought I needed to be wearing my leather jacket. Something about this smell made me want to wrap myself if leather, put on some awesome smokey eyes, and hit a classy martini joint. It reminded me of college and Grad School - in a good way. Those days when I'd go hang out with my boyfriend (the wrong guy, by the way) and smell his ever-present leather jacket, cinnamon chewing gum and cigarette smoke.
This isn't really a bad association - I had a lot of fun at that time in my life. But this particular scent may not be for me. I suspect if the Amber notes in Geisha Amber Rouge really shine through, I will adore the update.
I should let you know that HOURS later the cinnamon left for the most part and I smelled just deliciously sweet, instead of deliciously sweet and spicy.
If you choose to purchase Geisha Rouge, I suggest you try it first by purchasing a sample. The retail for the perfume is $80, for the oil roll on is $55. To me it's a steep price. But the samples are affordable, and you'll get many scents to be able to try before grabbing just one.
In the mean time I'll let you know if one of these really does catch me where I'll be willing to purchase a full size.