I just received Bois Farine today and it's safe to say that I really like it and know that I'll continue to enjoy it for some time.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't understand the peanut butter association, but seriously, it only lasts for about 3 minutes at the most. When you first spray it, you think "Oh no...peanut butter." But it goes away almost instantly. So now I can spray it and think, "Alright...peanut butter!
" because I know it's only going to last for a minute.
As far as the bread/dough association, there is
some raw dough kind of smell floating around, but it's a bit of a reach for me to solidly link it to raw dough. It's more like there's some kind of vague likeness to it.
Surprisingly, one of my first thoughts when I sprayed Bois Farine was "Body Kouros?
" And there is, imo, a distinct similarity between the two. I believe it's the combination of Benzoin and Cedar which are present in both. That's not to say that they are altogether similar, but there is this particular aspect that both fragrances share, Bois Farine to a lighter and more subdued effect.
What I DO get is a lot of sandalwood and iris. And the sandalwood is made nice and powdery (in a dior-homme-women's-makeup kind of way, but subtle) by the iris. It's woody, and to a degree nutty, and smooth. I couldn't say whether the sandalwood is "creamy" or not. I hear sandalwood described as "creamy" quite often--almost always in a complimentary sense--but I'm still not exactly sure what that means.
There is a milky quality to the fragrance and also this great powdered sugar note that seems to frost the entire thing. The powdered sugar note is sweet, but it's also somehow small
and this makes it work perfectly.
So...woody, nutty sandalwood made slightly powdery by iris with a sweet, milky texture and powdered sugar frosting that is at times reminiscent of Body Kouros. This is what it all smells like, nose to wrist. Next, I'll be very interested to experience its sillage.
My favorite L'Artisan to date.
While I find it completely unique, it's also an extremely easy, comfortable wear.
Sometimes you take a chance and it works out!