Saturday, December 4, 2010
Bois d'Armenie by Guerlain
Mind you now......it smells excellent as you would expect. This wearer finds it a bit sweet and powdery from the initial application. I normally shy away from scents of this ilk regardless of how well they're made or who made them. This release is no exception. I would, however, love to smell this on the female persuasion.
With that said, Bois d'Armenie opens with a very appealing accord of benzoin, incense and an understated iris. An ever so subtle spice from pepper makes its way into the accord and gives it a much needed edginess. The scent is smooth and the pepper is a nice touch. The benzoin implemented here seems to give off an incense note in and of itself. The combo of the benzoin and iris rear up a powder that some will absolutely love and others will not. I fall in between both camps.
This is an oriental woody on me, but I could have done with a more pronounced wood accord. It's low volume and pleasant, yet it never seems to be able to come out from under the shadow of the benzoin-iris-incense triumvirate. The listed patchouli and musk in the base aren't realized on my skin and only a slight hint of musk ever appears well into extended drydown.
As far as price point is concerned, I do not find it bottle worthy in spite of smelling good. This is well made, has quality ingredients yet it's too powdery and linear for my liking. I still would love to smell a woman wearing this fragrance, but alas, it's simply not for me to wear.