Armani Privé is a line I always admired from afar, I liked what I saw, but did not even attempt to smell what was inside those pretty wooden bottles. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know…
When my interest in incense fragrances was awakened, thanks to this wonderful perfume, Bois d’Encens came up time and again in my research. Of course now, that it seemed out of reach and discontinuation rumours circled, I developed a major craving for Bois d’Encens. Promptly it featured high up on my wishlist, and thanks to the incredible community I find myself in, the lovely Angela offered to send me a sample. She did exactly that, though only not just a sample, she sent more of a decant. Thank you, Angie, for your very generous gift!
I couldn’t resist to inquire into the fate of Bois d’Encens though and according to my information it is not being discontinued but is merely transitioning into new packaging. The wooden flacon is gone, so are the 50ml refills, Armani Privé perfumes are now housed in an opaque black matte glass flacon with a copper plaquette. The new and only available size is 100ml.
I am ashamed to confess that a bottle came home with me that day (at least at 20%off and for the greater good of the community, somebody had to make a picture after all) and look at it – you would have done the same 😉
So how does it smell?
On a rush of peppery top notes the incense approaches rapidly, in its wake trailing a whole forest of pine and cedar wood and a breeze of fresh, cool air. Bois d’Encens is never heavy or oppressive, and although Armani was quoted as to having intended to evoke a church atmosphere, for me this is more of an outdoor smell, the sky is not limited here, even if the trees of this particular forest stand close together and the underbrush is dense, the sky is open, wide and not quite dark yet as I look up to follow the lazy curl of smoke rising upwards.
It was created in 2004 by Michel Almairac. Notes include pepper, vetiver, cedar, incense.
I am glad to have Bois d’Encens in my arsenal, it is calming and oddly refreshing at the same time and I can trust it to stay with me for the day. It is always appropriate, easily my most pedestrian incense fragrance and I mean that in a good way, I lead a pedestrian life after all. 🙂