Bois Rouge — this one was a surprise to me. I really didn’t expect to like it, though I’m not sure why. Notes of citrus, spice, cedarwood, patchouli, jasmine muguet, sandalwood, vetiver, amber, leather, vanilla and tonka bean. Those are actually not bad notes for me most of the time, but I think I kept thinking it would be Serge Lutens Chypre Rouge, which was just an unmitigated horror show on my skin. Bois Rouge is everything I wanted Chypre Rouge to be. While there are some similarities in the open — they both have that “red” feel to them — the drydowns couldn’t be more different. Where Chypre Rouge just turned into a mess, Bois Rouge blooms. It feels very woody on the open, but a soft, beautiful wood. I think the base notes bring a warmth to it that makes it just lovely. There’s a phase in it that I don’t care for so much, when the patchouli and sandalwood are jockeying for position and kind of drown out the notes upon which I bestow my great love and affection, but eventually, they all work it out. The leather in this is minimal for me. Not sure why, and does anyone else get more leather? There’s a brief period, after the part I’m not crazy about where there’s almost a bit ‘o skank, must be the cedar, but then it settles down into a beautiful polished wood scent, that’s the closest I can come to describe it, but if definitely feels red, there’s just a hint of some spice in it to keep it from being boring. While I think this would smell spectacular on a guy, it’s one I really love to wear. In the sillage department, darling husband stopped me as we were doing yardwork to see what I had on, he loved it.
Tuscan Leather — notes of saffron, raspberry, thyme, olibanum, jasmine, leather, black suede, amberwood. I really expected to love this one, and I don’t hate it, and sometimes I think I almost love it, but there’s a note in there, probably the saffron and thyme, that just makes this a little off in the leather love. I suspect this is a leather that will either fit your taste or it won’t. It’s certainly a nice, rich leather, a little rough around the edges, which gives it a charm. What is the best thing about this scent, even if you don’t have passion for it, it would be a great scent to leather up any other perfume you have that is in need of leathering. Not my favorite leather, and it stays firmly in the bottom five of the Tom Fords.
I’m a Dog Moment of the Week
I’m pretty sure quite some time ago someone blindly waved Christian Dior Diorling under my nose and I promptly trashed it as old yucky perfume. Early in Perfume Journeys, some of the stout, amazing stuff is so strange that you immediately don’t like it or you just dismiss it in your head because you can’t properly categorize it. Your nose has to learn to smell things that aren’t just pretty flowers or fruits and defy classic descriptions. It has to be educated to smell complexities and weirdness and sometimes things that start ugly or just appear ugly.
I hereby recant any bad thing I ever said about any of the Diors. I am going back and sniffing them all again and finding out what a complete ass I have been. They may not all be me, but there’s a new appreciation for the masterpieces they are.
So my question is, is there an entire line that you’ve had to rethink that you dismissed early on? I also had to recant on the Malles and the Divines. At first I thought they were nice enough, but not really special, and then I grew to love a couple of them, then a couple more.