Hi Posse. Bois Blanc was a Press Gift. Recently Libertine Parfumerie and Agence de Parfums in Australia had their A/W2021 Press Showings. It was the first large scale in-showroom event since March 2020 due to C19. The room was filled with the buzz of excitement over just being together to smell perfumes again. It was also full of a years worth of new releases and we had a LOT to catch up on in the hour. More than 40 perfumed cardboard strips went under the microscope of a room full of bloggers, journalists, beauty influencers etc etc. We were about 15 and there were four other groups being seen. By about strip 30 my nose was blown and everything started to smell the same. I’d let a strip filled with roses touch my nose and so rose I smelled.
The Libertine crew know that I really like the Frapin brand, not least of all because the divinely handsome David Frossard is their Creative Director. He is also the director of new perfume brand Obvious Parfums. Remember that name, you’ll be hearing a LOT about them in the future.
Bois Blanc by Frapin 2020
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Bitter orange, Mandarin orange, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Ginger
Heart: Sage, Virginia cedar, Violet leaf
Base: Ambroxan, Gaiac wood, Cade juniper
The eucalyptus, rosemary and ginger give the opening deep green herbaceousness and zing. Mentholated citrus, very appealing and unusual. This opening lasts a few minutes. Then a photo realistic pencil sharpenings from my childhood completely derails my objectivity. Suddenly I’m at my desk in primary school. Uncanny! Maybe ten minutes I’m transfixed with my nose to my wrist. The other notes swirl around but I’m trying desperately to hold on to that one perfect note.
WOW! That was so intense. (I have worn Bois Blanc now a few times and every time this fabulous reaction. I can’t wear it if I’m hurrying, too distracting)
Around the 30 minute mark the fireworks calm and we settle into what is the main ride for the fragrance. A lightly herbal, fresh cut green woods and that lovely hints of gin from the juniper. Towards dry down there is a lovely creaminess that comes in and makes the whole fragrance cosier and plush.
Beautifully wearable, totally unisex but leaning slightly modern traditional masculine. Bois Blanc lasts well too, if that’s important to you.
Is Bois Blanc sounding like something you would wear?