* Somers starts sweet and woody – with licorice and cinnamon, sharpened by cedar.
* The cedar burns off quickly, leaving cinnamon and licorice as the focus.
* The spice seems to change from cinnamon to allspice. The licorice is made less sweet and more fresh as some green scents come in.
* The scent is sweet but not overbearingly so.
* In the deep base, licorice is joined by light incense and a sweeter than normal amber.
Summary: I love the smell of licorice/anise and often reach for Serge Lutens Douce Amere or Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin when I want a fix. Somers is the in-between – it’s not as sugary sweet as Lolita Lempicka nor as boozy as Douce Amere. Somers is not overbearing, but it stays present and has a nice longevity for an eau de toilette – it lasts more than six hours, so it will get you through a workday. It is work-friendly as it doesn’t project too loudly, though if people get too close to you, they might want think you’ve been eating candy instead of doing work. If you are looking for a licorice scent that is neither too young-feeling nor too mature, Somers is a great scent worth testing (at a nice price point of around $60). Encased in the special Lili Bermuda cedar wood box, it would also make quite a nice gift for the holidays (or for yourself).
Lili Bermuda Somers is available from the Lili Bermuda website