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Bois d'Ombrie (2006)
by Eau d'Italie


Bois d'Ombrie information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 115 votes)

People and companies

HouseEau d'Italie
PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour

About Bois d'Ombrie

Bois d'Ombrie is a shared / unisex perfume by Eau d'Italie. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour

Bois d'Ombrie fragrance notes

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  3. Base notes

Reviews of Bois d'Ombrie

The Golden Forest by gustav klimt
30th December, 2017
Although my partner has gone into raptures over this scent (he rarely cares for anything I review), I hate it. All I get is nasty, bitter oud, a scent I loathe.

He gets iris and the smoky scent of Islay Scotch - as the leather enters, he gets a soft scent of lemon rind, bitter, sparkling, so that the smoke and the iris fade to the background, while leather and lemon dance in the foreground. (His words.)

I must admit that on his skin it comes together nicely, far nicer than on mine. Still there's that bitter oud note that makes it intolerable for me. Such irony, finally he finds something he wants to bathe in and I can't stand it.

C'est la vie!
05th December, 2016
Wonderfully approachable! This is certainly a crowd pleaser, with it’s boozy tobacco and woodiness and a moderate level of sweetness. Wore to the office today, and it fits very well in the workplace. Eventually settles into a slightly powdery/sweet incense and tobacco. Sillage is low to moderate, and lasts 4-6 hours on me. Thumbs up!
01st December, 2015
I really love this smell, though to be honest, even though I bought a bottle years ago, I hardly ever wear it.

Imagine a big pot full of bell peppers, redwood bark, and red wine, with black pepper and maybe some cloves for spice. Then, fill the pot with vinegar and bring it to a boil. While it's heating up, burn some frankincense and myrrh. As the smoke from the incense fuses with the almost caustic vinegar steam, that's what Bois d'Ombrie smells like to me. I think it's a brilliant smell, simultaneously woody and vegetal and spicy, but always drenched in vinegar, though I can see how it could be extremely off-putting as well.
06th April, 2015
Bois d’Ombrie reminds me of Arabie, and other Serge Lutens fragrances, because of that powdery/watery base. I am actually wearing Bois d’Ombrie on one hand, and Arabie on the other. The Bd’O drydown is more pleasant than Arabie, but that isn’t saying much because it is still drowning in watery powder, and quite anemic. I prefer Sienne L'Hiver over Bois d’Ombrie because of its unique olive note, although it’s drowning, too. After about an hour, Arabie is still going strong, but Bd’O has faded into nothing more than a skin scent. Maybe it isn’t fair to compare these 2, but to MY nose, Bois d’Ombrie is a weaker, although more pleasant, imitation of Arabie.
28th January, 2015
For what it's worth, Bois d'Ombrie is the first scent by Eau d'Italie - and one the very few by Duchaufour - I truly enjoyed. The opening is irresistibly pleasant and perfectly mastered: it's foggy, boozy, somehow transparent in a way but incredibly complex and textured. Basically the prominent blend you encounter at the first sniffs features mellow and powdery notes of iris, balsamic woods, resinous notes, a very powerful, earthy and dark woody feel all over: all gravitating around a dense, juicy, bold rhum note, which is really rich, round and persistent. The woody note is quite powerful and sharp, although not that realistic in the "organic" meaning: it smells basically like a clean, a bit statically synthetic cedar note (the "pencil" one) somehow "rounded" by sweeter notes and "blackened" by the booze. The tobacco note is hiding behind all this initially, but soon after the opening it emerges and it's good as well: soft, wet, slightly sweet, really aromatic, earthy, a bit woody too - shortly, the rich and cozy smell of a bag of freshly-cut tobacco. I also detect a note of licorice, which links to the mossy, resinous and slightly leathery base. Meanwhile, the transition towards the drydown brings up a vetiver note which melts with rhum, leather and licorice, thus creating a darker and "manlier" blend if compared to the opening. Shortly, anyway, Bois d'Ombrie is a manly, "brownish" scent for sure, but with some nice and unusually interesting nuances: balmy-mossy notes, licorice, tobacco. Something like a sort of dry and dark "woody gourmand", if that ever existed. Finally, the drydown brings Bois close to many traditional woody-mossy fougères of the '80s, as it becomes more dry and more dark focusing on the leather, the woods and the herbal-mossy notes, still with tobacco-boozy nuances, and still (that's the main difference with vintage fougères) a nondescript yet palpable and distinctive subtle sweetness all over (the rooty note of iris). The materials are not that stunning in my opinion, as despite the compositive efforts Bois d'Ombrie still smells a bit weak and plain after a while, but nonetheless it's surely a much pleasant scent with a clever and distinctive personality (plus, finally, it lasts for a decently long amount of time).

20th October, 2014

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