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Straight-down-the-middle woody, which balances sharp, dry notes with sweeter aspects nicely, and has a natural feel. Unfortunately that’s all there is to it. Still, it’s a relief to come across a woody perfume these days and be reminded more of the real thing rather than the nostril-drying super aromachemicals so frequently encountered. Bois Noir could be comfortable everyday wear for the unadventurous and is probably safe to wear on a flight, but for those of us who seek the furthest vistas of perfumery’s horizon, there’s bound to be a ‘so what?’ moment pretty soon. A lovely wooden chest, but don’t go seeking the mystique promised by the ‘noir’ appellation. Wears light but perceptible.
26 October, 2012