Although Bois Blonds eventually delivers on its promise, it does so with such a lack of enthusiasm as to seem almost grudging.
The head consists of an attractive arrangement of peppery citrus that’s bright without being blindingly so. There follows in quick succession however, an agrestic heart-accord, whose raw, green-herbal odour (redolent of linalyl acetate) overwhelms any subtleties of the vetiver. Only once the perfume has well developed do the titular bois blonds make their presence felt in the form of a wan, woody-musk fond.
Nose: Jérôme Epinette
House: Atelier Cologne
Release date: 2010
Notes (per Fragrantica): neroli, pink pepper, orange blossom, incense, wood notes, musk, vetiver.