Top notes: aldehydes, orange, green leaves and bergamot Middle notes: cyclamen, lilac, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose Base notes: sandalwood and musk This is a review, mostly, of the vintage EdT, but also layered with a touch of the vintage Parfum Extrait. The jus is supposed to be a yellow/green color, not brown as the one in the photo. The vintage bottle I have is the same, I am sure many many vintage versions of this fragrance are floating around. Anyway, what is going on here? Well, MdB opens on a strong bitter/ green note, with lilac and bergamot, which may take you through WWII era romance. You could find yourself sitting under a tree in a forest, near a lily of the valley patch, wearing a ton of hairspray. This may not be your cup of muguet. Maybe not yet at least. But, if you give it 20 minutes or so, you will start to get the Bois of MdB, along with some rose, more sandalwood, and more soapy lily. It's very nice. What it is NOT, is a sparkly, silvery or sheer Muguet. This is what I would call a wartime floral, similar to Caron's Muguet de Bonheur, but more with more woods. MdB has enough heft to withstand some times of hardship and desperation. It does transcend them. I had worn this 2-3 times, but it wasn't until I decanted some out of the enormous, bell-shaped 4 oz EdT splash bottle into a little atomizer that I could experience some of the many other notes listed.
Muguet De Bois by Coty, 1942
Somehow a small parfum spray, likely 1980s, appeared on my desk. No cap, dark color, a certain victim of oxidation. I expected the worst...but, despite this, it manages to be absolutely delightful! The alcohol takes a minute or so to blow off, and there is certainly a "boozy" quality thanks to the oxidation, but I still enjoy this deep rosy lily on a velvet background of green woods. I give this bottle in particular a 3 or 4/10, and I am still managing to enjoy it, so now I'm on the hunt for other vintages in better condition.
Make sure that you buy/sniff vintage Muguet des Bois. The vintage is just lovely...soft, sweet, innocent. The more recent flacon mist version is vile...combo of paint thinner and hair permanent solution. Truly a "singe the nose hairs" blast until it reaches dry down. Just tossed two bottles of flacon mist that I mistakenly picked up, but love my little vintage bottle of EdT.
The initial hint of lily quickly disappears and settles into a woodsy, then ashy, scent that was unpleasant after about an hour. If you want a Lily-of-the-Valley fragrance, look elsewhere; there are much better ones on the market.
One of the first girls I had a crush on back in high school wore this. Smelling it still makes me smile with delightful memories of youthful desire. It's like a breath of fresh air on a beautiful spring morning, with dewy blossoms and the promise of a wonderful day --- and it's not all that innocent either! It's very feminine, but not fussy, and to me it's a timeless classic scent. Good to know it's still available!
My first cologne- innocence in a bottle- probably not quite as appealing now as then
My junior-high fragrance as well! It smelled just like the Lilies of theValley under the pine tree in our backyard. So glad to know they still make it!
Muguet is my birth-Month flower and I first wore it as a teen-ager in the forties! Haven't tried it recently (am almost afraid to) but I remember it as light, very linear and innocent with a hint of green. Still lovely for a dress of flower-spattered crepe de chine and taking tea with cucumber sandwiches on the lawn!
A little is enough, and a little bottle of Muguet de Bois is magical. It is the Lily -of- the Valley. Pure and simple. I wore it first in High School, then revisited it a few years ago . I wonder who bought it back in 1942 ? All kinds of women, no doubt. It would great to have a time machine just to visit the perfume counter of one Department store back then.
I have loved this sweet green scent for years too. very neo victorian floral.
Muguet De Bois by Coty, 1942
Start a guide on Muguet De Bois by Coty, 1942!