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    Default Champagne de Bois by Sonoma Scent Studio: A tribute to Chanel?

    CHAMPAGNE DE BOIS
    by Sonoma Scent Studio

    Notes:
    Aldehydes, jasmine, clove, sandalwood, labdanum absolute, vetiver, amber.

    A couple of minutes into the initial spritz, a mild fizzy effervescence makes its appearance as the exposed aldehydes draw in the atmosphere to breathe life into the floral and vetiver blend. Interestingly, the restraint imposed by Erickson on the top notes makes the opening of CHAMPAGNE DE BOIS feel more like the drydown of a classic floral-dehyde, rather reminiscent of Chanel No.19 EDT IMO.

    I don’t really get much jasmine in the development but sense its subtly indolic presence nonetheless, lending a softer more feminine contrast to counterbalance the darker leathery feel of the labdanum absolute. Weaving in and out of this base are soft notes of light spices and woods.

    But wait a minute...what's this? Cuir de Russie? It seems a heavier application imbues the soft leather with an almost animalic character despite the absence of civet or castoreum from the listed notes. Amazing! While the composition is not entirely original, I'm rather blown away by its well-executed homage to the great Chanel classics, at least for a respectable 2-3 hours before it dries down to an ambery sandalwood. Hmmm...sandalwood. Time for Bois des Iles perhaps?


    I really dig this, esp. for its resemblance to the Chanel classics. Anyone else tried it?
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    Default Re: Champagne de Bois by Sonoma Scent Studio: A tribute to Chanel?

    I probably have 12 or 13 from SSS, including Champagne de Bois. I love it - it does seem to be a nod to No5. Easy to wear, unless you hate aldehydes. All her frags are great quality and the prices are unbelievably cheap!
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    Default Re: Champagne de Bois by Sonoma Scent Studio: A tribute to Chanel?

    I can see this, though I had a sample from an earlier formulation which had a sharper woody note than in the present version. I remember the aldehydes though.
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