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Bois d'Hadrien (2018)
by Annick Goutal


Bois d'Hadrien information

Year of Launch2018
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 10 votes)

People and companies

HouseAnnick Goutal
PerfumerCamille Goutal
Parent CompanyAmore Pacific

About Bois d'Hadrien

Bois d'Hadrien is a shared / unisex perfume by Annick Goutal. The scent was launched in 2018 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Camille Goutal

Bois d'Hadrien fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Bois d'Hadrien

Fruity, lemony, with the slightly anisic shading (basil?) also found in Eau Hadrien.

The perfume somewhat recalls YSL's Champagne, later renamed Yvresse after the champagne firms threw a wobbly. But more particularly it reminds me of a mens fragrance of the 1960's and 70's called West. Remember that one, by Faberge? All done up in cowboy packaging, a great fragrance, but it bit the dust, unlike its partner Brut which is still going.

Ivy is given as the heart note, however there is no natural extract of ivy that I know of, and the fragrance is not green in any sense, so this is doubtless just a flight of fancy. I wonder what the real heart notes are, the perfumers who worked on it will know, but they are not saying.

Drydown results in a spicy and balsamic vanilla / benzoin odour, plus a touch of evernia type moss (oakmoss substitute).

An very appealing fragrance overall, especially the main body notes.
20th July, 2018 (last edited: 07th July, 2019)
Contrary to Eau d'Hadrien, I can barely smell any lime or lemon in Bois d'Hadrien, only a vague suggestion of a fresh fruity opening. And in a sense true to its name, Bois d'Hadrien indeed feels quite woody. However, these woody notes don't really have any charming characteristics of specific wood, either, but more like an abstract fruity woody note with certain similarities to Cashmeran. And it even turns a bit aridly smoky in the dry down, somewhat similar to the unpleasant effect of certain woody amber aromachemicals quite common these days.

Probably thanks to these potent molecules, the projection of Bois d'Hadrien is rather heavy, and it can cling on skin for at least 10 hours. But in return, I find Bois d'Hadrien lacks urgently the subtle, poetic beauty of previous creations from the house of Goutal. As a result, I would not particularly recommend this fragrance, especially if you happen to be fan of Goutal's offerings before 2012 which feel completely different in style with Bois d'Hadrien.

As a side note, the spray mechanism of the new packaging is much better than the older Goutal sprayer! It gives out a very uniform spray and is much easier to press.
05th June, 2018

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