Hi Hi Olfactoria’s Travelers,
Portia with you today from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse and today we are looking at one of my all time favourites. Recently I had spritzed myself lavishly not even half an hour ago when Jin came home early from work and wanted to go to the grocery store together. I felt like I was a blazing trail of scent and that everyone in a three kilometer radius was wondering where that enormous stench was coming from.
Boucheron (pour Femme) by Francis Deleamont + Jean-Pierre Bethouart for Boucheron 1988
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Galbanum, Mandarin, Apricot, Basil, Tagetes, Orange blossom
Heart: Tuberose, Narcissus, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Iris, Broom
Base: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Tonka bean, Amber, Benzoin, Civet, Frankincense, Musk
Sold as a symbol of ultra luxury back in 1989 Boucheron had us all at hello with this incredible fragrance. Big and bold and effortless, Boucheron will walk a few steps ahead of you and fill the room once you get there. Totally inspired by the jewellery of Parisian goldsmiths from Place Vendome, it sparkles and thrums while you wear it and it’s a compliment getter almost every time. Even the current reformulation is quite nice though thinner than the original and more modern: a little more hairspray at the top and a lot less animal in the dry down.
Spicy, metallic, sweet, weird and large are the first words that come into my head when I smell modern Boucheron. It’s like a huge Vincent Van Gogh painting of flowers and fruit has come alive with scent. Everything is slightly large, skewed and pulsing and all painted with what in modern terms would be neon bright coloured paintspray. Though the notes say it should smell like a fairly average retro fragrance there is nothing retro about Boucheron pour Femme except its size. If a niche perfumery brought out something as fabulously outlandish as this today people would be astounded.
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The heart is built around narcissus, the slightly feral and ferocious fragrant sister of ylang. Ylangs creamy richness and tuberoses green bubble gum are completely overwhelmed by the narcissus bite. Closely resembling Christopher Brosius’ Narcissus, this narcissus note is indolic and fecal until the other flowers all rush in to subdue it, or maybe it’s the vanilla from trhe base that has reached up and calmed out ravening monster.
The flowers stay right through to the end like a bouquet from outer space that gets slowly warmer and less intimidating until many hours later you are left with a resinous woodsy wash. Finally, you can leave the house and go back among people.
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Which oldie in your wardrobe is so outrageous that you have to be careful how much you spritz and where you wear it?