Bois des Îles 2016Eau de Parfum

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Bois des Îles (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Chanel for women and was released in 2016. The scent is woody-floral. It is still in production. Pronunciation

Perfumer

Jacques Polge

Ratings

Scent

8.4 (95 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (87 Ratings)

Sillage

6.8 (86 Ratings)

Bottle

8.6 (86 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 06.08.2020.

Variant of the fragrance concentration

This is a variant of the perfume Bois des Îles (Eau de Toilette) by Chanel, which differs in concentration.
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1:1 comparison of EDT and EDP
Although the story of Coco Chanel, or rather Gabrielle Chasnel is really very interesting and remarkable, the Chanel scents have never really appealed to me...

"Chanel is cult, must have" - "Chanel is modern, and must have" - "Chanel is famous, must have" --- No, you don't... ;-)

Nevertheless, it happened recently that a very nice person brought Bois des Îles ("BdI") to my attention and gave me the opportunity to test and compare the EDP and the EDT (of which the production was unfortunately discontinued). Many thanks at this point :)

After I have tested both versions extensively, I would like to tell you about my 1:1 comparison:

Left the EDT and right the EDP.

The EDT starts bright, citric-fruity and with delicate and soft-sweet ylang flowers
Strong, but not pushy. slightly "soapy" but not "old-fashioned"...
... little by little creamy-sweet wood sounds join in, soft and yet "palpable"... the fragrance becomes wonderfully creamy, like a 2nd skin... close to the body, but still always there... a tender aura spreads, wonderful...
The scent lasts for quite a long time for an EDT and is still there on the clothes the next day...

The EDP starts with a strong aldehyde mist... *cough*
Immediately a citric-fresh fruitiness also follows with the EDP, but the flowers are still a little late... first the "soap dose" is increased a little bit, which clearly distinguishes the EDP from the EDT... Then follow, although rather discreetly, the ylang blossoms... Also here very nice with a delicate sweetness... But "something" here is a bit biting and sharp... different from the EDT in any case...
Later, the EDP also has a fine woody note, which is not identical to the EDT... In the EDT, the wood is creamy and sweetish soft... The EDP is a bit "harsh" and somehow spicy...
The EDP also lasts quite a long time and is also clearly visible on the clothing the next day...

In summary, I find the EDT to be "rounder", creamier and somehow "more coherent" than the EDP The EDP is very brutal, especially in the beginning, but becomes a bit "nicer" with time... The EDP seems to me almost a bit "madamish" and "mummyish"... The EDT is somehow more cheerful, open and simply "rounder"...

It's a shame, really, that the EDT has been discontinued.

I wouldn't want the EDP on me...

So Chanel and I will probably remain just "nice friends"...
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Weightless
She looked out the window at the field behind the house. The rising star sent first golden peaks across the ice and the sky just lost the last pale pink veils. Here, on the very edge of civilization, there was nothing to obscure the view of clear white freedom. Everything heavy left her.

Silence. Her breath went deep and calm. And her hands still held the plain glass bottle clasped. Only a few heartbeats had passed since she saw the fine mist sink over her head. The tender fruitiness of the mandarin filled the whole room. Friendly. Inviting. Sunlight flooded the grey-brown floorboards under her bare feet. She closed her eyes, breathed woody-warming equanimity. Sandalwood. Balsamic. Etheric. Whispering. They absorbed the scent. His scent. Sandalwood was his scent. I always have. With his boyish, playful smile, he always stole her bottle because he liked that perfume so much. And she fell asleep in his arms, tenderly enveloped by him and his scent.

Breathe. She said to herself. Her silent gaze directed at the sun. Eyes still closed. She saw the car. Or what was left of it. Keep breathing. Hot tears ran down her cheeks. The cops. Faces walked on. The bag with his things. The heavy glass in her hands. Its scent. She could feel him standing next to her. Smiled.

Silence. Crystal delicate vanilla speckles. Finely woven memories. A little luck.

She looked out the window at the field behind the house. And felt weightless.
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Bois des Iles EDP
One of the most classic perfumes of the Les Exclusifs line, Bois des Iles has always impressed me with its creamy, rounded and powdery texture, something that did not depend on Indian sandalwood but that managed to create a luxurious texture in that vein. With its relaunch in EDP concentration the impression I have is that Chanel did not make a mere reformulation to adjust its dynamics to this concentration, but a recontextualization of its scent to make it look more contemporary.

Of the aspects mentioned above, the powdery side was reduced drastically, along with the aldehyde aspect of the opening in the composition. Somehow, the first few minutes of this new version became lighter, a little green perhaps. Then the sandal begins to appear, still creamy and buttery as in the original. It is curious that now at some moments it seems more dry and woody and in others more floral, something in the same direction perhaps of the Samsara, as if the ylang had become more evident and with the sandalwood they produced this illusion.

There are some secondary notes that appear in certain moments of the perfume and that before did not stand out or did not exist in the Bois des Iles. At heart, there is a kind of creamy, delicate scent that make you think of the scent of roses but does not resemble roses itself. And at the base there is an impression of something amber, resinous and a hint of spice as well. It is as if Bois des Iles was now moving to something more unisex: neither so floral and powdery, nor so woody and dry. Although this new version seems to me well thought out and executed, it gives an impression that the perfume in exchange part of its soul for usability.

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LillibetLillibet 3 years ago
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My first love from the Les Exclusifs. A little green, some gentle gingerbready spices, and that smooth smooth sandalwood. Delightful!

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