Looking at the bottle and box would give you the aesthetic impression that Sybaris is a herbal fragrance. You would be correct in that assumption. Once applied to skin, Sybaris reveals a denseness that I normally don't associate with herbaceous scents. This isn't a green scent that I would recommend in warm or hot temperatures.
The citrus in the opening is downplayed for the benefit of the spicy green accord that never exits the building. There's cumin here, but I have to admit that it's well executed. As long as I've been wearing Sybaris, it's never
The spices, while not loud or rude, seem to take on more clarity than the florals. There's a floral heart at work in Sybaris, but it's a muddled affair and shows deference to the spicy, herbal theme. They are a bit better than being "filler" material, but in essence, that's all they accomplish on me. That statement isn't a complaint. Sybaris never sheds its compacted feel and I'm sure the floral accord is responsible for that.
If there were any off putting moments in the opening, they are dissipated come drydown. I say that because cumin is a deal breaker for some folks and because of it, Sybaris needs to be sampled before purchase.
Sillage is very good and longevity is what you'd expect from a release circa 1988. The drydown is a close scent that lasts for hours and I can still smell it the next day. Thumbs up from Aromi for Puig's Sybaris.