My decant has rested for about a day. I know the oil needs more time to settle but I caved this morning and applied it.
The initial scent is also basmati for me. For about two hours, my arm smelled like a fresh pot of lightly sweetened and buttered fluffy rice. After that, the honey came forward enough to complement the buttery rice. Champaca was ever so faint. Around the 3 hour mark, the rice was eaten; the honey and champaca beautifully melded into one. After 4 hours, there's the faintest trace of them. I love the lightly sweetened rice fragrance in this perfume and adore the finish.
So this behaved exactly the opposite of what I expected. Honey goes wild on my skin. I enjoyed that rice was the star here and honey played a supporting role. I'm not a butter lover (not even in food), but as long as the butter doesn't grow as this ages, it isn't so strong or long-lasting as to keep me from wearing this. I think a couple months of aging will deepen the honey and soften the butter note a bit so I'm leaning toward bottling this one.