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.