All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
Jaques – AS YOU LIKE IT
☾ Notes: rum-soaked apricots, dark chocolate, hazelnut liqueur, praline, amber, bourbon vanilla ☽
All the World’s A Stage is a Circle exclusive, so we all got a full size instead of the normal samples.
A boozy, dark scent, it’s not overly sweet despite the chocolate and liqueur notes listed. A bit on the roasted coffee (hazelnut’s causing it?) with a shot of mocha, with the faintest touch of vanilla and amber underneath. I don’t seem to be getting the apricots… but the whole scent kind of reminds me of a traditional Christmas pudding. (which is totally not what a pudding is supposed to be! I mean, they’re supposed to be wobbly and yellow in colour…) I also get a strong dose of honey after the initial drydown, midway into the scent, which I’m not sure if it’s perhaps the amber but my nose doesn’t know what amber is supposed to smell like, since it’s a warm sweet note.
Medium sillage, and slightly longer longevity, 4 hours give and take, but I’m not too fond of this scent. It doesn’t feel very Spring either? I think it would be good as a Winter type, since it’s so warm and chocolatey, with a slight powdery feel during the dry down.