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Eau des Baux (2006)
by L'Occitane

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Eau des Baux information

Year of Launch2006
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 463 votes)

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HouseL'Occitane

About Eau des Baux

Eau des Baux is a masculine fragrance by L'Occitane. The scent was launched in 2006

Reviews of Eau des Baux

L'Occitane en Provence quickly followed up its eponymous return-to-roots eau de toilette from 2005 with yet another release that banks on the history of the Provence region, and L'Occitane's legacy as a distiller of raw perfumer's materials. Olivier Baussan would return creative reigns for the new Eau des Baux (2006) back to perfumer Karine Dubreuil, who had been making most of L'Occitane's creations since the early 2000's anyway and was something of an unofficial house perfumer for the brand, even though she has worked with many other houses as well. The general gist of Eau de Baux is to draw inspiration from the knights of Les Baux en Provence, who used a cypress star as their symbol, and the fragrance sort of semi-fictitiously re-imagines what their fragrance might have been like, which to the say the least is if they even wore any in the first place. Come on, the Middle Ages weren't known for hygiene outside of the highest ruling classes. As it stands, this re-imagining takes the form of an ambery vanillic marriage of pepper, cypress, and incense into an oriental bouquet that could sit well on either a woman or a man, but would probably be preferred by the latter unless the woman had particularly old-school tastes, since Eau des Baux is a pretty rich oriental. I feel like Eau des Baux really picks up in cold weather where the original L'Occitane Pour Homme might not perform so well, and also proves itself many times more complex, yet still comes across with the same fundamental naturalist/artisinal vibe I dig from brands like this and Lush.

The opening consists of red peppercorn, which bares a slightly more fiery resemblance to the black pepper found in L'Occitane Pour Homme. A bit of round French lavender sneaks into the top as well, but there's really no citrus to be found, and the scent just stays heady and sensual. The middle of cardamom, incense, honey, and cypress brings in the major theme of the fragrance, which takes on a sweet glow after the first 10 or so minutes but has moderate enough sillage that such ingredients don't get cloying, although I wouldn't wear this in heat. The fragrance behaves much like an eau de parfum with a tighter but more intense sphere of fragrance, and the base of amber, vanilla, tonka, cinnamon, tobacco and oakmoss. The final skin glow is quite lovely and feels very much autumnal to my nose, with a brown hue which extend beyond the label on the amber-hued bottle. Indeed, the spices, vanilla, cypress, pepper, tobacco and coumarin all merge to make what could be a composite note of fallen leaves, baking pies, and warm sunlight across crisp fall air. Oakmoss is very slight, and I imagine in pre-IFRA bottles before 2011 it probably wasn't much beefier, since this is a pure oriental with real cypress extract and not a chypre using oakmoss and bergamot to replicate cypress. Wear time is a comfortable 8 hours and I'd say this might be good for work, but it's romantic enough to see night life use too, and is just so damned comfy that I'd hate associating it with the office or any line of duty. This is the kind of fragrance I could see myself falling asleep in, as it's just that relaxing.

Eau des Baux is a pretty easygoing and a much less expensive alternative to the following year's Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille (2007), although Eau des Baux does not focus so intently on the vanilla and tobacco aspects of its composition as the later Tom Ford scent does because it is not intently emulating vanilla pipe tobacco. Maybe Mr. Ford got a whiff of this from a L'Occitane shop and decided to isolate and intensify some of its notes? Maybe it's just coincidence? Even if it was shooting for the same vibe as Eau des Baux, I still feel the L'Occitane scent blows the Tom Ford one out of the water just in sheer sophistication and controllable development, as there are many stages to a wear of Eau des Baux and not just a choking cloud of 3 or so notes which envelope the wearer, and if anything, is the older brother that has nothing to prove. You might not turn any heads wearing Eau des Baux, but if you enjoy orientals that are more laid back and welcoming, you can't do much better than this, and I'd be hard-pressed not to snuggle up to somebody I was close to wearing this (most likely from my bottle if visiting). A shower gel and deodorant component to this also exists, so you can really layer on the goodness here if you want. Huzzah once again to L'Occitane, who have very much proved that it is possible to deliver niche quality, niche artistry, and designer price points all in one approachable package. Thumbs way up for me, and Eau des Baux is probably the biggest must-try scent from this house.
05th November, 2018
Very nice.

It doesn't really smell much like the notes listed. I get tobacco, spices, vanilla. I prefer others more in this genre but good juice nevertheless.
01st November, 2018
Real Quality...

I am so pleasantly surprised by this one. Eau des Baux strikes me as a fragrance which is worth a lot more than it's price tag. Extremely well made, to a level beyond what is expected from a house such as L'Occitane. It is a sweet, herbal woody scent which is reminiscent of other woody orientals (notably Tobacco Vanille). There is little not to like here, as it is warm, soft and never too loud. I find it strikes just the right balance of each note and works beautifully throughout the day.

I get the cypress, a wonderfully green and also dry herbal note, mixed with tonka bean and incense. The dryness comes from the woods, incense and cypress, with a hint of herbal background, and the sweetness, which is almost honey-like, comes from the vanilla and tonka bean.

I really think that, as a masculine fragrance, you cannot go wrong. It could even work on a daring lady. Eau des Baux really is phenomenal when you consider the price it costs. I think that people who like the honey, tobacco like fragrances, or woody orientals in general, will like this. Otherwise I would recommend trying this first. Another aspect which I like about L'Occitance is that they offer matching products to this, and I tried out the shower gel before trying this, which in itself has a fantastic aroma and feel. Overall, I cannot recommend this highly enough, for lovers of dry, herbal, woody orientals etc. Really nice. Lovely!
26th August, 2018
This works on me. Peppery cardamom for the first five, ten minutes. Then I get some incense-like accord. I get a touch of greenish cypress in the middle. The base is a sweet vanilla-tonka. Smells unisex, to me.
02nd June, 2018
The best thing about Eau des Baux is the texture of the two chords - a rubbery squashy marshmallow and an incense dotted cypress.

The contrast between them gives the perfume an unusually raw feel, but because these two chords are so different they lack any common ground and they don't interact. As a consequence the structure lacks internal harmonics, and because the profile doesn't develop much the simple contrast gets a bit tedious.

It smells a bit like peppered marshmallows, a fine dessert perhaps but not a five hour banquet.

***
19th April, 2018
Quite soapy and calodont-ish, sort of. An interesting, zealous, sharp fellow indeed.

It most certainly shares the vibe or style with V&R Spicebomb and Burberry London, however Eau des Baux is specific and has a quite different character.

This scent is a bit rough around the edges, but not in a negative way. It pampers no one, however also doesn't judge.

For a bit more mature lot with a firm stance and outlook towards the world and life.

Originality 7/10
Scent 7/10
Longevity 7/10
Projection 6/10
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