It is not exactly a state secret that I am a big fan of Los Angeles based perfumer Roxana Villa and her perfume line. She specialized in botanicals and tries to use local ingredients, including ones from her own garden and beehives at her cozy mid-century house in the hills above Malibu (where a couple of years ago Portia and I spent a lovely afternoon playing in her lab, laughing and having a complete and total blast mixing things up.) I’ve always said that there is nobody who can capture the feel of the wilds of Southern California than Roxana, and Figure 5: Bois is one of those. From her website:
“Figure 5: Bois is like a weathered and warm embrace from the undergrowth of a mystic forest. The notes are warm and earthy primarily of wood with tobacco, leather and smoke. Typically masculine, although worn by both men and women.”
I don’t get a whole lot of leather in this and the tobacco is just hinted at, what I get most is a delicious smoky wood that’s like a fantasy of a cabin in the hills where a cozy fire burns in the stone hearth and in the distance the Pacific glistens under the full moon.
Like most natural scents, the lasting power isn’t as long as commercial scents that contain god-knows-what to keep it going for weeks at a time. Roxana does have a brilliant solution to that though, she sells a solid version of a lot of her scents that can act as a “fixative” and making the scents last longer.
Of course, having a more fleeting scent means that you get to reapply, and in the case of Figure 5: Bois, that’s a fate I would more than look forward to.
Figure 5: Bois is available on her website in different sizes and concentrations. She offered and shipped the samples I used for this review. Image credit: her website.
Obviously I wrote this and set it up to post before the events in Charleston. I have to say that I am so saddened that this sort of thing has happened, yet again. I don’t pray, but I know, like you that the nation is keeping the victims of this senseless violence in their thoughts and and that the shooter is brought to the swiftest and most harsh judgement.