Summary: I expected a powerhouse but Samsara really isn't one, at least the modern EDT which is the one I have. It opens with a quite old fashioned combo of iris, and bergamot with a hint of lemon and settles quickly to a skin scent consisting of dry sandalwood, orris root and a tinge of peach. It's certainly a serene, comfy and mature scent suitable for early fall but still too tame for my liking, simply doesn't bloom on my skin.
Summary: Guerlain Samsara launched in 1989 and was my #1 favorite around 1990 or so. I remember when I first sprayed it on to test -- then walked around the mall -- then I had to make a bee-line back to the store to buy it. I *had* to have it. It was a soft, smooth floriental sandalwood-based scent, containing some vanilla, I think -- but it was the skin-musky drydown that made it a must-have for me.
Summary: Review for Reformulated Modern version: Samsara EDP is ok. Something nice but not nice enough. SAMSARA EXTRAIT WOOOOOW. This goes to show you that the formulation for extrait is not only higher concentration but also the formulation has a variation of composition of notes. Samsara extrait is real nice. The Extrait is the very pretty friend, while EDP is the girl who will pull all the stops but doesn't capture the glory of beauty as the extrait.
Summary: I love the EDT, on my skin I get ylang ylang. It lasts well, not monster sillage, but did get a compliment at work. I feel this is a good year round scent, suitable for both work and play. My suggestion would be to try/test the EDT and EDP, as the EDP didn't work for me.
Summary: There are only 7 types of art! Perfumery should be the 8th! I always associate perfumes with other arts... They share the same history and give me the same experiences. Like an old song, or an old movie, you just can't appreciate the beauty of classics unless you achieve some level of maturity. And just like songs or movies, perfumes, are also lacking in style and creativity nowadays.
Summary: I had this scent when I was 21 and I was the wrong age for such perfume. It was a heavy scent with a quality of staleness in it. I had never warmed up to this fragrance, though I like oriental scents overall.
Summary: I could never wear this when it first came out. While I love sandalwood (now), the original formula had about the strongest sandalwood you could find. A friend of mine wore it out to clubs - crowded, sweaty and 4-6 sprays of Samsara just did not mix well. (My 5 sprays of Fendi probably didn't either.) But it left me with a bit of Samsaraphobia. (She probably has Fendiphobia.