The opening is bright - very bright. Kleig-light bright. I acquired this in a swap a few years back, and, while intrigued with the scent and the notes, and 100% loving the Rossy de Palma connection, it soon went to the back of the cupboard because of its somewhat brassy opening notes. About a month ago, for a reason that I cannot now recall, I took it out and tried it again. It was when I got whiffs of the dry down - the nicest, warm, dry, cocoa-patchouli snuggle, that I really fell in love. I have been wearing it so frequently lately I had to order another bottle - 100mls this time. Now I fully appreciate all the stages, from the "wake me up!" opening with its bright and rasping bergamot and ginger, all the way through to one of the best dry-down in all of perfumery.. Another masterpiece from ELDO.