It's the oddest scent I own. It's very nice indeed. High, high quality. But I cannot equate it to any other scent I know of. There have been a few threads on Basenotes in which no one has come up with other frags that smell like it. Lots of arguments over its history and whether or not the ingredients are natural or not. BUT nearly all who've tried it praise Windsor as a bad azz piece of perfumery.
Originally Posted by Cuttingboard
I'm not a great notes analyst, but it starts with some eucalyptus and pine- plus a little gin. Shifts soon into a very lush, fresh wet rose unlike any rose note I've run across. Mellows into a sort of cedar and orange. But the rose is the prominent note I get when I wear it. It has very good longevity, but it doesn't project much. Fairly low sillage. I could totally see royalty wearing a scent like this.
It's "personality" is very much like Blenheim Bouquet. Very aloof, rich, master of the house and borderline arrogant if you will. I find it pretty formal. Not tuxedo, though it would be at home there, but I wouldn't wear it casually.
It could I guess be worn by women, but to me the overall effect of the scent is so austere, I don't think many women would want to wear it. It's as masculine a scent as any other male rose based scent, but it's not "macho."
I don't regret buying 1.7 oz of Windsor; I do not love it enough to commit to 8.4 oz flacon. It has a bit of a "novelty" factor with the Duke of Windsor and all that, but it is high end juice for sure. Whether any of the stories about the Duke are true or not I don't know, but this is such an odd duck of a scent, there must be something to it. i.e. No perfumer in their right mind would have invented this sort of scent in 2009. I doubt this would sell as a maintream department store scent. This could only work imo as exactly as it is- a limited edition niche house fragrance.
I would pony up that kind of money for Vintage Tabarome flacon in a heartbeat. That's the king to me.
(note: if you click on the link to my basenotes wardrobe below, then click on Windsor, it will take you to all Basenotes reviews on Windsor for some other perspectives and better notes analysis)
Last edited by StylinLA; 03-23-2010 at 06:11 PM.