The lovely Dee of Beauty on the Outside sent me a sample of Champagne de Bois a very long time ago, shame on me that I never got around to properly wearing it until recently, when To Dream by the same perfumer, captured my affections. But I love the fact that as soon as I develop an interest in something, my dilapidated sample box delivers.
Sonoma Scent Studio perfumes are all highly concentrated, clocking in at 20-24% and therefore being extraits de parfum. That not only makes them incredibly rich and potent and lasting for hours, but also makes them a great deal. Sometimes it is possible to get great quality at a good and reasonable price. Once you don’t have to pay for fancy packaging (although, don’t misunderstand me, the SSS bottles are beautiful, not cheap at all!!!) and over the top marketing, it is possible to indulge in excellent perfumes without breaking the bank.
Champagne de Bois is a sparkly floral turned spicy woods scent. Opening with an aldehydic lift to a beautiful, somehow golden jasmine, the spiciness provided by cloves – and maybe cinnamon, a bit of cardamom? – that dominates the perfume’s heart, begins to shine through soon. The base is solidly wooden. A beautiful sandalwood on an ambery bed, is reminiscent of Feminitè de Bois minus the fruitiness of the Lutens creation or a pared down version of Chanel Bois de Iles. But really, Champage de Bois is no knock-off of anything, it stands alone.
What impresses me most is the wear time: I get over six hours, with a beautiful sillage for at least four of those hours.
Champagne de Bois is a scent that makes me happy. It radiates good cheer and a positive outlook, without a “fake smile” effect.
Champagne de Bois is a walk through a sun-light dappled forest in fall. You hear the leaves crunching underfoot and the air is fresh and cool. The sun is still powerful, but it doesn’t hit you over the head like in summer, it caresses your cheek.
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