Pineta – Review: Parfumerie Générale Bois Naufragé

Parfumerie Générale Bois Naufragé smells like the woods. A sun dappled forest near the ocean. I immediately think of the Pinetas along the Italian coastline. They are forests along the coast of the Adriatic sea, pine trees growing on sandy ground near the beach. Walking through such a forest, that is Bois Naufragé to me.

Bois Naufragé is part of the Private Collection of Pierre Guillaume, it is (or has been?) limited edition. On the website you even need a password to look at the perfumes (Where would one get that, I wonder?), but thankfully many stockists carry the Private Collection as well.

It was created in 2010 and includes notes of fig tree, ambergris, fleur de sel accord (Vetiver oil fraction, orris absolute, mint, neroli oil and hedione).

A breath of fresh air, figs on trees, pine needles, salty air, sand, earth, dry, sun-bleached wood, warmth and a little skin smelling of sea salt and sun lotion. When I smell Bois Naufragé I feel my shoulders relax, vacation here I come…

Last year my husband, the boys and I also went to Italy for our summer vacation. I was not very happy to go to the Adriatic coast, I love Italy, but I am more for something along the lines of a villa in Tuscany, rather than a touristy hotel in Jesolo.

But with children, things change, they have to, and you have to adapt. Tuscan villas and small children do not match so well. Sandy beaches and food three times a day on the other hand, do.

The hotel we stayed in was in the Pineta of Jesolo, and it was beautiful. It was a compromise I could live with. Every day we went for a walk through the Pineta, which I enjoyed a lot. It was cool in the shade of the trees, the ocean was near, but invisible, present through its smell only. Now I found this unique scent in a bottle.

The fig note in Bois Naufragé is very interesting. There are times when this perfumes clearly says “I am all about fig, why was I not that that fig post of yours?” and on other days the fig is in the background, integrated with the sea vibe and the pine forest, unobtrusive and almost faint. I’m not sure whether it is my nose, my skin or the temperature that gives that effect, in any case, I like both versions of Bois Naufragé I get.

Bois Naufragé is an ideal vacation perfume – take it with you on a seaside holiday and blend in perfectly, or use it at home for instant relaxation without the burden of travel. Bois Naufragé smells of summer and it begs to be enjoyed.

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36 Responses to Pineta – Review: Parfumerie Générale Bois Naufragé

  1. Judith says:

    ” On the website you even need a password to look at the perfumes (Where would one get that, I wonder?), but thankfully many stockists carry the Private Collection as well.” Thankfully? Is this so amazing that one grovel to buy it, let alone even know about it, on a website no less? I’ll pass, on this or any PG Fragrance. Lost me on this one!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I’m sorry to hear that, Judith, but that is up to you of course.
      I find it a bit strange as well, but mostly I laugh about this kind of marketing strategy. Pierre Guillaume once explained the necessity to distinguish between his regular and the Private Collection: He said that for every one bottle of a Private Collection perfume, there are three hundred bottles of the numbered collection produced, therefore it is necessary to handle distribution differently.
      I don’t quite see why that necessitates a password on a website just to take a look, but it a least explains the difference in availability.
      I don’t like marketing strategies that whip people into a frenzy to get the perfume either, but in this case I don’t find that to be true.

      In any case I hope you still will be back to read my blog! Alienating valued readers over questionable marketing practices of perfume companies is not my goal. 🙂

  2. Judith says:

    My comment was toward a marketing strategy I find very snobbish. IF a fragrance is limited, and I get there in time, good for me. I have lost out on a few, wish I had bought in sooner. Always there is a lust in the world of fragrance. OF course! I will read your blog. You did nothing to offend me! I don’t comment very much on the Fragrance blogs I read, as I simply cannot write as eloquently as others. I do read, I take notes, I sample sometimes, I jump other times. I thoroughly enjoy your writing. There really should be, maybe there is, a special awards category for the best fragrance writers, and copywriters! Poets, very often!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I am glad to hear that, Judith! And thank you very much for your words of appreciation, they mean a lot!
      Marketing strategies are necessary, but very often I find myself gnashing my teeth at them (for example Le Labo’s city exclusives drive me crazy), but they seem to work and therefore we will have to live with them for the greater good of perfume. 😉

      • deeHowe says:

        … joining in to gnash my teeth at Le Labo! 😉

        • Olfactoria says:

          Dr O asks me to relay the information that from a medical standpoint the gnashing of teeth is to be avoided at all costs. He recommends fist shaking as a healthier alternative. This is backed up by an orthopedic surgeon friend, who thinks fist shaking can be indulged in healthy specimen, without detrimental effects.

          • deeHowe says:

            LOL! He is so right! I have had carries that my dentist insists are due to my terrible grinding habit… must learn to shake my fists instead! 🙂

          • Vanessa says:

            Dr O is to be obeyed! I wear an occlusal splint at night (or gum shield, as I call it : – ) ), and would have no teeth left in my 60s apparently if my dentist hadn’t intercepted me some years ago.

          • Olfactoria says:

            Of course, Dr O has to be obeyed at all times. 😉 (and psst, he wears just such a splint himself at night!)

  3. Ines says:

    Birgit, I wrote to them asking about that password and got a reply where they asked me if I ever bought a bottle of PG and since I said yes, they sent me a password.
    Don’t know why they think it’s necessary though…

    P.S. I like Bois Naufrage a lot. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Too funny! Thank you for sharing that, Ines! I might as well do that, I deserve several passwords when I look at the PG section of my perfume cabinet. 😉

      The Croatian coast is similar to what I wanted to express in my review, you are lucky to be so near to such a wonderful place.

  4. Ines says:

    I do feel lucky it’s only a 2 hour drive to my boyfriend’s house at the seaside. It doesn’t get any closer than that from Zagreb. 🙂
    Soon!! I can’t help but smile just thinking about it. 😀

  5. Tara says:

    I just laugh at the whole password thing but I think it’s about “saving” something for their regular purchasers as evidenced by the response to Ines’s email. It is all rather snobby and daft but city exclusives rile me more. As for the scent, sounds like it’s the fig scent to convert me. It’s not on the Les Senteurs website (of course not!) but I did see it in there so will try on my next visit – if they let me. Lovely to picture you and the family strolling through the pine trees on the Adriatic coast, bliss.

    • Olfactoria says:

      It may really be the fig for you, since it has more going on than just fig, it is nicely balanced.
      Let me know when you sniff that highly exclusive perfume! 😉
      I’ll be strolling again soon, can’t wait!

  6. lady jane grey says:

    Woods and figs = a nice combination. I should try it. So simple.

  7. deeHowe says:

    Apparently, unless it’s an Estee Lauder lipstick, or the cheapie by Pacifica, figs and I do not get along. So Sad! Philosykos is nice layered with Bronze Goddess, but not so nice that I need a bottle, and I’ve reached the point with figs where I’m not seeking them out any more. Tired of disappointment! I love PG, even with the ridiculous marketing, but my wish list is long enough to keep me entertained otherwise for a long time 🙂

    Your vacation, on the other hand? Sign me up! I’m not so big, I’m sure I could be smuggled in via suitcase… lol.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Oh yes, come on over! I’ll take you on vacation in a heartbeat, we’ll have so much fun! And you could try my Bois Naufragė while we are there and you’ll see whether it was for you or not. So that is decided. I expect you next week at the latest. 😉

  8. Judith says:

    While I truly dislike the marketing….I find I have a PG on my list….Parfumerie Générale Musc Maori! What does a woman do? Oh, my…..

  9. Vanessa says:

    This was one of my two favourite releases from last year, and I was so sad when I drained the last of my decant. I do see a FB of this in my future some time! I have to say I don’t get the piney aspect so much – I shy away from most things resinous – but maybe this just translates as the vague driftwoody note to my nose. Predominantly it is a watery, milky, wood fig on me, and I find it hugely soothing! Etro Etra is comforting in a not dissimilar way, but I like this one better!

  10. anotherperfumeblog says:

    This sounds lovely! (But maybe it is your vacation I’m envying, as I feel the need to get away for a bit) The fig note is definitely intriguing.

  11. Undina says:

    I will try to get through this line soon (well, at least through 6-7 scents) so it doesn’t bother me any more that you write such appealing reviews to all these perfumes. But your vacation… It sounds really good – even though you said it wouldn’t have been your choice if it hadn’t been for the circumstances.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I honestly didn’t yet come upon a non-appealing scent by PG, but I am trying. 😉
      Regarding the vacation, I think we found a very good place to be, even if it would not have been the destination we would go to without children. But it was very nice indeed.

  12. Hotel Jesolo says:

    Thank you for the comparison. Jesolo is indeed fit to be, as you said “an ideal vacation perfume” location for me too.Never thought someone could make such beautiful comparison with Jesolo. I just discovered the need for a new perfume for me and I think Bois Naufrage is worth a try. Thank you for the article and for the perfume review.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I am glad you like my comparison! Having spent the last week in Jesolo actually, I have not seen your comment before, sorry! I hope you like Bois Naufragé as well! 🙂

  13. Hotel Jesolo says:

    Yes, indeed. I hope you liked it there 🙂

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