Time of day: Anytime
Notes: Virginia Cedar, Cinnamon, Amber, Rhubarb, Oakmoss, Iris, Vetiver, Paprika, Pineapple, Bergamot, Vanilla, Jasmine, Labdanum
I wore this for a full week and it did not receive one comment or compliment, unlike several Alexandria and other fragrances. I do happen to like it but it does not seem to have carry power. It seems the one must be rather close to smell it. I think Garamond is a better choice.
I believe on my skin this one doesn’t mix well. It’s okay because the dry down I get this amber and cinnamon vibe but it maintains this sour smell throughout the fragrance and I don’t know if I got a bad batch or not. As I said it may be great for someone else, but I’d say get a sample first.
I had been looking for a something similar to Clive Christian " X " for a while and really couldn't find anything of the sort. On one of my forays on the Internet I came across the name Alexandria Fragrances and " Monarch " and learned that it was a somewhat more magnificent copy of the original, according to what people had said. I am glad to say they were CORRECT!
Whereas the original " X "s composition is pretty linear Monarch changes the original " X "s top notes and middle notes along the way until it settles into a soapy blend of the notes and it sits beautifully on your skin. The sillage is wonderful as it with " X " and since I am wearing it right now I have to say the Parfum lasts a good 4-6 hours on your skin, as of my last application. I am VERY satisified with my purchase and will buy it again and I am looking forward to sampling some of Alexandria Fragrances original creations. This perfume house is EXCELLENT and is a credit to the craft of perfume-making. Thanks Again!