Botrytis has a fascinating opening: honey sweet, smoky, foody, and musty, all at the same time. I find it heavy Ė overbearing even Ė but I keep wanting to sniff it all the same. The smoke here is more like tobacco smoke than incense or barbecue, and the musty element may result from its juxtaposition with some very smooth woods in the foundation. The whole thing strikes me as extremely rich and dark, but the foody element does not fall off the fence into chocolate or mocha. (And thank goodness for that!)
The tobacco smoke intensifies an detaches a bit from the central accord, and as it does so it takes on an ashy sharpness. The result here smells to me a bit like spiced honey served in an ashtray. Again, weird, but also compelling in its own way. As this accord develops it becomes oddly familiar, something Iíve smelled before but canít exactly place. Then it hits me: Botrytis is channeling Fumerie Turque!
Thatís right, with the honey, spices, and tobacco smoke, Botrytis is a close cousin to the much-praised Lutens fragrance. The two are by no means identical though, in spite of their shared central notes. Botrytis is the sweeter and decidedly more gourmand-smelling of the two, and its smoke is much less forward. Itís also less complex than Fumerie Turque. The musty impression that Botrytis leaves also contrasts with the musky animalic accord that anchors Fumerie Turque. There are more obvious oriental rose and jasmine in Fumerie Turque as well. It would the unfair to call Botrytis ďFumerie Turque Lite,Ē but on the other hand, if you like the one, youíre liable to enjoy the other, too. Whatís better, you can actually buy Botrytis in North America.
The raisiny, alcoholic aspects that you might expect of the ďnoble rotĒ that gives us sauternes and winterís rich auslese wines only appear after two or three hours of wear. At the same time, the smoke component dissipates, so that the rest of Botrytisís development is highly individual. The dessert wine accord grows more and more prominent, as do the woody basenotes, completing the olfactory metaphor of the sweet wine maturing in its barrels.
Rich Real Honey
Botrytis is a honey lover's smellfest. You may find Botrytis like catnip to a cat ! This is like the olfactory version of tasting and savoring a very good rich raw honey . It's sweet and a feminine scent. if you are craving a honey scent- this is it. Look no further.
Pros: Completely 'honey-ified'
This is my first perfume love (well, since I was 16 years old and loved Calvin Klein's Obession). I was looking for a honey scent and while this smells nothing at all like the fragrance I was originally going for, it is so much more. Spray this on and you'll feel like eating your own arm off.
The honey and dried fruits are what steal the show with this. I don't find a lot of change over time so you may possibly find this to have less dimension than you were hoping. There is a boozy quality as well and the drydown adds the amber note. As soon as I smelled this, I knew I had to own it. Truly a beautiufl, intoxicating scent.
Pros: Beautiful Honeyed Scent
Cons: Sillage is less than wonderful"
Botrytis: honeyed spices, fruit, and pipe tobacco over noble rot accented with a little bit of white florals over a virtually wood-less base. Very sweet and overbearing, but very delicious. Try sampling this against By Kilian's Back to Black!
01st February, 2009 (last edited: 12th September, 2009)
If I could go swimming in this, I would. It's honey-sweet and delicious, perfect for the colder months. It's very long lasting on me -- about the entire day... in snowing winter!