This fragrance is elegant & leans feminine, but I wouldn't describe it as "girly" or "soft". I smell mostly the black currant on the top, before it settles into a woody scent. I don't get many of the mid notes, but I am not very familiar with mahonial.
Projection on me feels more intimate, it doesn't extend more than arms reach. After about 3 hours, it became a skin scent. IMO, longevity is lacking.
The bottles are BEAUTIFUL, but smaller than I expected. However, they easily fit in my purse/ backpack, making re-application easier. Needed, again, because of the short longevity.
Overall, I do believe it is worth the cost, especially on sale,and it's a nice scent for spring.