My posting my be a little erratic for the next few weeks. Given some unforeseen developments, I am moving back to Portland in two weeks. This means a lot of driving, packing, etc. I will try to keep up with posting, but I may miss a few days and I hope you will be patient with me.
Continuing with my exploration of violets, today it's Serge Lutens Bois de Violette. According to SL,
A perfume dominated by violet leaves and flowers, blending with cedar wood and its cool spices, peppery notes of Indonesian cloves, cardamom, honey, orange blossoms and musk… This astonishing, lively perfume, re-made with a hint of violet on a cedar base.Luca Turin gives it five stars in The Guide and classifies it as a "woody oriental." To me, Bois de Violette a very sweet, heady, and assertive violet. It is a very strong scent with a whooping amount of sillage, so this is a violet that will get you noticed. The spicy oriental side of it is strong, and the wood and honey make it very sweet, but I still get a fair amount of violet out of this one. I find it simultaneous syrupy and chewy.
Again, not your traditional mainstream solifloral. Bois de Violette is clearly not am attempt to bottle violet itself. It's a bold scent and one that reads as fairly feminine to me. Very nice if you like orientals or woody scents more than florals, Bois de Violette might allow flower haters to dip their tow into the floral pool without smelling particularly flowery. If you're a violet lover, this is a violet that will not be ignored, so if you want a bold and sassy violet that makes people sit up and take notice, Bois de Violette is a good choice.
You can buy Bios de Violette in a 50 ml bottle for $200 from LuckyScent, Beautyhabit, and a number of department stores, or you can try a sample of it thanks to The Perfumed Court.
"I don't wanna be anything other than what I been trying to be lately...
I don't have to be anything other than a birth of two souls in one.
Part of where I'm going is knowing where I'm coming from."
- "I Don't Wanna Be," Gavin Degraw
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~ A review from Bois de Jasmin
~ A review from Perfume & Tea Make Me Happy