Both smell equally good.
Hey guys, my trusted noses! I need your help. I haven't smelled these two. Which one smells better?
Both smell equally good.
One is tonka and the other is light woody. Ur comparing apples to oranges.
I've read reviews of BdA and it sounds really good. Not a lot of reviews on TI yet but quite popular here on bnotes. hmmm???
Both pretty good, matter of taste. TI is probably going to get more mainstream approval though because it's one of those fragrances that simply smell pleasant to the untrained notes. But Bois d'Armenie is not that risky either, we're talking about no Arabie here.
Both are really good, I own BdA and this year I'd like to buy the TI , they are really different, one is sweet and the other one is a subtle incense.
Something tells me in the end I'll end up with both bottles.
Last edited by volley2; 5th January 2011 at 01:39 PM.
I thought both were OK, but not FBW.
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Hi hi volley! I'd go with Armenie...you won't regret it. Can always get Tonka later.
They are both elegant, but Bois d'Armenie gets my vote. It feels very versatile, has a whiff of the Guerlain-vanilla but is mostly a dry, comforting incense scent.
Thank you guys...I'll post in the near future which one I end up with.
I would go with Tonka Imperiale out of the two. BdA is really nice but Tonka Imperiale is a note-specific scent and they did it well.
Yes, I've loved both. BdA was in competition with Derby for me, and I went with Derby. BdA is a bit more "masculine", if you were selling it in department stores. TI is more of a typical Guerlain gourmand feminine, IMO. I would have a hard time choosing, and would probably opt for the new Arsene Lupin Le Voyou. I love that one better than either of these two choices.
I saw you bought both, how do you like them?
They're both really good. I'm "test driving" them now. TI on left arm. BdA on right.
I faced the same dilemma last year. I shortlisted Tonka Impériale, Bois d'Arménie and Cuir Beluga. The Guerlain SA of the Galleries Lafayette Department store in Paris strongly recommended Cuir Beluga and strangely enough it's the first one that didn't make it in my final shortlist (TI and BdA). Cuir Beluga is lovely but there are better alternatives and I want a leather to be more assertive or edgy. So far my holy grail leather is vintage Bel Ami, I will probably add another one to my collection in 2011 (Dior Leather Oud or Chanel Cuir de Russie). It won't be Cuir Beluga (of which I now own a decant for reference purposes). There is a "milk chocolate" note in CB that I find a bit... uncalled for. TI basically works the other way around: gourmand base twisted with a herbal note (rosemary).
I am very satisfied with TI. Longevity is extreme, close to what I get from Mitsouko or Habit Rouge extraits at a much more affordable price (HR extrait is... EUR 300 for 50 ml!).
I am still undecided about BdA, I am putting it on my shopping list in competition with L'Artisan Timbuktu.
For those who find Tonka Impériale too sweet, I would like to recommend to give a try to Boisé Torride. It's not a tonka bomb like TI but the coumarin notes are very well blended with sweet woods.
Hi Reminiscent. Thank you for sharing. I got both. To be honest, I also do like Cuir Beluga. Let's see how that goes. I agree with you on Boise Torride. This one is really nice!!
go with Tonka. Armenie will most likely seem like a deja-vu to you
We're all in the same game; just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.
I found quite by accident that layering Dandy with Attrape Coeur is about the best scent I think I've ever smelled!
I have heard from several people at Guerlain that the Arsene Lupins also layer well with each other and with Double Vanille, but haven't tried that yet.
Initial impressions are that BdA is a nice but inoffensive incense, and that there are far better and more unique incense oriented fragrances on the market (Memoir Man, Jubilation XXV, Micallef's Shanaan, Silver Factory, etc).
Tonka Imperiale is one of the best tonka oriented gourmands available, and represents all facets of the tonka bean and not just the creamy sweetness of tonka that you find in most modern scents that list tonka such as La Nuit de L'Homme. The only problem with TI is that I really can't imagine wearing it often - only occasionally at best and only really around the winter holiday season.
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BdA actually reminds me of Cologne Pour le Sour by Maison Francis Kurkdjian.
Bois d'Armenie would be my choice.
Bois d'Armenie took my breath away when I sampled it. The authentic puff of smoke at the opening is gorgeous. That said, for me it's novelty/decant-worthy only because the rest of the progression didn't knock my socks off. But those first few minutes... Wow!
My Top 10*:
1. Bois des Iles (Chanel)
2. Ubar (Amouage)
3. Pandora (DSH)
4. Miss Dior - vintage (Dior)
5. Jolie Madame (Balmain)
6. Jicky (Guerlain)
7. Gold Woman (Amouage)
8. Mata Hari (DSH)
9. L'Air du Desert Moracain (Tauer)
10. Medici - Italian Splendor: Florence (DSH)
*in no particular order because it's too hard!
How about Angelique Noire? Is this any good?
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I've been wearing Bois d'Armenie as my SOTD for almost a month and I'm still amazed by it. Incense and benzoin over and amber and vanilla, very Guerlain, very indebted to Shalimar - it may just be my holy grail. I like Tonka Imperiale, but found it to be a bit too simple. Cuir Beluga's use of heliotrope and iris is quite beautiful.
TI by a mile. Has better depth and more complexity, although it's not worth the price it's sold at. You're a big spender anyway