I have been going a lil nuts for lavender perfumes lately. I already own Jersey and Lavandula by Penhaligons, but I wanted more more more!
XIX March is an absolutely phenomenal lavender-based perfume. I love it because lavender is certainly the focus and is present throughout almost the entire 12+ hours it lasts on my skin, but it also isn't necessarily obvious, as there are other notes that compliment the lavender so perfectly. This is not a lavender soliflore, but a complex lavender-based fragrance.
It begins as a bright, fresh, herbal and citrus perfume. I detect lavender, mint, and lemon. While that was lovely start, it soon changes completely. The freshness wears away, and suddenly the lavender takes on a darker personality as it combines with woody cloves and fragrant nutmeg. Nutmeg is one of my favorite notes, and it is hard to find a perfume that showcases it well, but it is natural and abundant in XIX March. All of these herbs and spices play together so beautifully.
So the first 20 minutes is herbal, but the next 12 hours are a darker scent that skillfully straddles the line between masculine and feminine. In the base there is a hint of sensual musk that makes the perfume just a little bit creamy. Indeed at times it smells like Nivea lotion mixed with herbs and spices, but I love that about it. I also think I can smell rosemary here and there, but I am never completely certain.
I thought Ecstacy from this house was my favorite, but XIX March is the one I actually bought.