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on 9/21/2015 1:32:00 PM
More reviews by Aimbl
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I have always felt that I am a bit of a philistine in that I don't appreciate Bois de iles as much as I should. I have the rue cambon trio of parfum extrait (Bois de iles, Cuir de Russie and gardenia). I also have sizable decants of Bois de iles EdT and Cuir de Russie EdT. IMO, Bois de iles is mainly aldehydes, ylang ylang, musk and something that vaguely induces a sense of car sickness (leather? Nope. Perhaps Sweetened, lightly spiced dry sandalwood in the dry down?). I agree with the reviewer below who said that sometimes this reminds her of No 5, sometimes No. 22 (IMO because sometimes you get a nose full of Chanel aldehydes, sometimes light floral). I've read reviews commenting that this is a more feminine version of the more woody of Egoiste. I vastly prefer Egoiste (original, not platinum). Other reviews remark that this is reminiscent of gingerbread. . . If so, EdT is a light crisp dry ginger thin that might be at home with tea and Prousts Madeleine( i am not a fan of Proust, nor madeleines) not the super moist, sweet- spicy - bitter molasses heavy gingerbread from my Maida Heatter Cookbook. ( if it smelt like moist gingerbread, I wouldn't like it any better; I am not a fan of gourmand fragrances). I also am not getting much sandalwood especially in comparison to either Egoiste or Coromandel. The Rue Cambon parfum version IMO opens with more floral honeyed, aldehyde rich, with a high note that reminds me of rose Oud combos. (There is no Oud in either) however the dry down of the parfum seems less sweet than that of the EdT. Reviewers comment on the doughy iris richness of this; I think I understand what they mean. notes as per basenotes include: Jasmine, damask rose, ylang ylang, bitter almond, gingerbread, vanilla, tonka, sandalwood, vetiver. One point in favor of both the EdT and Parfum is that while they are 'dry,' I don't get the sense of throat parching powder common to modern scents that have bases filled with ambroxan and benzoin (since there is none). I should add that while I use descriptors such as gingerbread and dough, this is not a sugar sweet gourmand like SL Rahat Loukam. Given the original date of release in the 1920s, I am tempted to retest Guerlain le Heure Bleue to compare. (My preferred rendition of LHB is vintage EdC in the disc bottle which dates 1960s or 1970s and is far less powdery than modern LHB extrait). Since I am clearly not getting the point of Bois de iles, and since Chanel isn't really my cup of tea (notwithstanding my fondness for No. 19 EdT, the vintage Pour Monsieur and Cristalle EdT in the summer), I will say that it's clearly well blended and contains high quality ingredients. Like No. 5, I feel that this is an abstraction of the Chanel interpretation of what a woman should smell like -- and I am just not that woman. I prefer the Guerlain treatment of aldehydes ( vintage extrait preferred) which I think, to mix my metaphors, is somehow moister and sings a lower octave. What the Chanel's and Guerlains do have in common is that dry down is amazingly smooth and lush and close to the skin. Note: I have been smelling Hawthorne in a variety of perfumes in the past few days (Bois de iles, Dior Farhrenheit, davidoff Cool water, SL daim Blond, FM Eau de Hiver and Dans de Bras), but there is none listed here. I even get a sense of Etro Heliotrope plus Oud in the dry down, but thankfully no overdose of sugar and powder. Perhaps it's the doughy iris milky feeling that is heightened by bitter almond? Also, Chanel famously uses different formulas for EdT and parfum, so if you don't like one, I would suggest it still might be worth trying the other. Finally, I am a dabber, not a sprayer. A spray delivers three times the amount of fragrance and creates Sillage ( I am not a fan of any Sillage). However, this is also nice if you layer a tiny dab of EdT with parfum.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 5/8/2014 2:25:00 PM
More reviews by mightypog
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I wore an entire half milliliter today, which would have made me unbearable in almost anything else, and could barely smell it. What I could smell was awesome! Sweet slightly powdery old wood. But when I put on hairspray after work to go out, all I could smell after that was green apple candy from Fructis, and nothing of the entire tester bottle of very expensive perfume.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 10/31/2013 4:08:00 PM
More reviews by IceCheerMom
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
I bought a sample of this in the parfum as opposed to the edt in the Les Exclusifs line. The parfum is beautiful and very unisex. It smells like a walk in the woods in autumn with some gingerbread sweetness included. I have been told the edt is more woody.If you like this but are looking for a little more oomph I suggest Cuir de Russie which reminds me of Bois des Iles with some leather and spices added.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 8/16/2013 5:36:00 PM
More reviews by FrenchCoco
Skin: Other, Fair, Not Sure
Very much disappointed: this is the Holy Grail so many people rave about ??! It's nice but by no means a head-turner, IMO. I agree with the previous review as regards the sandalwood smelling thin and synthetic. This fragrance barely lasts on clothes, and vanishes very quickly on skin. It feels diluted, VERY diluted. Well, I'm aware that my review is rather negative; let me think of something nice I could say: it reminds me of Chanel 5, it's a soft fragrance which won't bother your co-workers, and that's about it. My number one Chanel is Coco, followed by Chanel 19, then Chanel 5; Bois des Iles must be put on steroids to enter my top 3 !
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 6/8/2013 1:35:00 AM
More reviews by SUPAtime
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I wish I could give this a higher rating but this perfume doesn't last at all on me. Like KittyC I ended up with a faint sandalwood dry down which was nearly imperceptible. Initially, there is a wonderful blast of aldehydes-- very much like No. 5 which reveals a heart of lightly spiced sandalwood. The sandalwood is nice and has a creamy quality but also smells somewhat thin and synthetic. Overall I enjoyed this for the 30 minutes it lasted but I can't give it more than 2 lipsticks for being so short lived.
on 4/19/2013 4:01:00 PM
More reviews by gingersnap250
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Curly, Other
This perfume reminds me a teeny bit of #5. It must be the aldehydes, but I'm not sure. It really is a beautiful sort of everyday scent though. It's refined and mature, but I can see women 30 and over wearing it best. It has an intensity to it, but it really isn't cloying at all. I wish I were better at describing scents as to the actual notes, but this scent certainly upholds the quality of the Chanel name for sure.
on 3/10/2013 1:55:00 AM
More reviews by kittyc
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
No. Not for me. I can't smell it. Three big spritzes from a large decant on to freshly moisturised skin produce a faint burst of roughened wood and a fizz of cola. That dies in a couple of minutes, leaving almost no trace on my skin, and almost no sillage other than what I might expect if I had just showered with sandalwood soap. I wish I could be transported to bliss like so many other people are, but no.
on 8/31/2012 11:44:00 PM
More reviews by LizWords
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
I wish there was a maybe for "would you buy this product again", as I am on the fence about whether or not this fragrance is really for me. I bought a decent sized decant of the EDT from TPC and have tested it several times over the last 6 months or so. I'm giving it 4 stars because I do appreciate it and I do think it smells very good, but I don't really find myself wanting to wear it often. I've said this about other decants and samples in the past and then when I've run out I've decided I miss it and end up buying a bottle and loving it for a long time, so maybe this will happen with Bois des Iles. It's funny how this EDT sometimes reminds me of No.5, and how other time it remind me of No. 22. It certainly seems to have notes that are found in both. Of course there's the massive aldehydes, but beyond that there is the jasmine, ylang-ylang, and neroli of no.5 and no.22, as there is similar vetiver and vanilla base notes. But Bois des Iles makes sandalwood the star note, blending it with the florals and resinous and woody notes to create a woodsy, warm, powdery scent that has very decent lasting power and silage. Again, I really like the smell, and am even ashamed to admit that I often prefer spritzing it in the air in a small room over wearing it. I like being able to walk through that room several times later that day and smell it. It does smell so good, but I think it is just not really the type of perfume that works with my personality enough to feel right wearing it...
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 7/7/2012 11:19:00 PM
More reviews by SNIFFMEALLOVER
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Creamy sandalwood with a dusting of strong, nose pinching, almost headache inducing aldehydes. I read about this perfume and desired owning it. When I first smelled it, I was suprised how familiar it was. This has been done many times over the years one way or the other. Creamy, feminen smell with a very sophisticated, almost dated edge. It did bring to mind Samsara. Bois des Iles has a lovely, yummy, warm, creamy sandalwood side to it. But also a side that reminds me of visiting aunts, dressed best, hugging and kissing you, saying how much you have grown. And you just want to get away!And I must add that this perception may be due to the fact that Bois des Iles has been reformulated. It is a tribute to sandalwood without sandalwood. Sandalwood has become very expensive due to regulations and scarcity, thus substitued in perfumery with synthetic polystantol and others. And from my experience, while polysantol has a nice warm wafting aroma, it can also be a little screechy. So just to clarify, my review is for the Les Exclusifs version. When Bois des Iles was created, sandalwood was imported from India in large quantities, so I bet back then it smelt devine!
on 4/12/2012 9:10:00 AM
More reviews by peoplerpeople
Skin: Sensitive, Medium Brown, Warm
Hair: Black, Curly, Fine
First, an apology: this review will probably not be helpful to many because, as much as I like to read about fragrances, I have difficulty writing about fragrance myself. I did not like this at first because I thought it smelled too "old lady." I would wear it to, I don't know, daytime weddings or luncheons. Then I realized that I really liked the fragrance when I smelled it in my clothes. After two years, I have come to think of this as a signature fragrance, which means that I reach for this one more than others on the occasions that I wear fragrance at all. A spritz of the EDT behind the knee or at the base of my back 1+ hour before "showtime" is perfect. I like that the fragrance is not crazily overly popular; at least, I haven't noticed the fragrance on others (Yay! Mine!) Also, though I couldn't explain why, I haven't suddenly fallen out of "like" with it the way I have with other scents. There. Told you not to expect much. I just wanted to document my appreciation for no reason in particular.
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
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