Wow, I don't know how to describe this scent because I have never smelled anything like it. After reading Luca Turin's review, I had to give it a go. It's very unique and to me really does smell like what the color purple would smell like if it had a scent! I am thoroughly enjoying my sample. Warm, sweet, intriguing. My husband likes it as well on me. Pricey but it does smell expensive!
Sexy, dark violets, perfectly balanced - never cloying or candied and never so intense as to hit people over the head. I find it too intense for warm weather or active days, but love how long it lasts, and the way it settles into my clothes.
There's a period of time in the beginning when the violets are just too much, but once that settles down, this is a beautiful violet-wood fragrance, perfectly balanced and blended.
Candied violets and cedar. Starts out playful and nostalgic, babyish in a vintage way.The violets are effervescent and floating, just loosely tethered to the very grounded cedar. On me, the violets don't settle down for hours, but when they finally nestle into the wood, it is revelatory, surprising, with perfectly balanced almost austere taste. The scent is romantic and old-fashioned, but not quite a grandmother scent. Instead, it's like digging in the attic and finding an old wooden chest, filled with mementos of your grandmother's secret wild life.
I liked the idea of this being part of the development of FdB , which I loved , this however I only like. It just doesn't have the beautiful complexity of it's 'mother' nor it's depth. I feel like this is a 'lite' variation and quite disappointing for it. It wasn't what I was imagining, a lovely powdery , woodsy violet . Still, nice though it hasn't the tenacity of Shiseido's FdB, good for those who like subtle scents.
My favorite Serge Lutens. Sweetened (but not overly sweet) violets and woods, mainly cedar. So smooth! It's warm and snuggy, perfect for winter. Strong yet close to skin, just the type of scent I adore.
For violet lovers, Feminite du Bois with a dash of violets on top. Very nice, but for my violets I think I prefer Insolence.
Cool-weather, bookish, mystic violet. Nothing young or shy about this scent. Well made and has an interesting progression. My skin pulls just a bit too much cumin from it, and it covers similar ground in my fragrance wardrobe as Feminite de Bois. Plus it doesn't respond well to extreme heat.
Outside of the SL line, itís closer to Dans tes Bras than Violetta di Parma.
Very low sillage. Excellent longevity (still distinct after 8+ hours)
I live in the Northwest, where in recent years summer never seems to come. Bois de Violette is one of my go-to perfumes for those rainy spring, summer and autumn days. This perfume encapsulates much of what I'm looking for in a perfume: a nice dark flower, but not flower-y because of the lovely wood scent. It has enough staying power to get me through the day, but stays close to the skin -- the sillage isn't overpowering, so it's a good work perfume. I only wish I had a bell jar; DH ordered it from the US when it was finally made available there, so I've got only the boring, small rectangular bottle.
After going through several decants of this two years ago, I bought a bell jar and I just started wearing it again this year. I sometimes feel that it is light and fleeting but today it was hot out and I just craved to smell this. It is so comforting and just perfect. I spritzed it twice on the chest area and many hours later was out doing errands in the heat and I kept getting whiffs of this most amazing beautiful scent. It was me!! This is a winner in the heat and lasts way longer than I thought. I am in love all over again.