Bois d'Arménie 2006

Bois d'Arménie by Guerlain
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Bois d'Arménie is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Annick Ménardo

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesIris, Pink pepper, Frankincense
Heart Notes Heart NotesBenzoin, Gaiac wood, Coriander
Base Notes Base NotesCopaiba balsam, Patchouli, White musk

Ratings

Scent

8.5 (460 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (342 Ratings)

Sillage

6.7 (346 Ratings)

Bottle

8.7 (324 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 24.11.2020.

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Bois d'Arménie is part of the collection "L'Art et la Matière".
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5.5
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8
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7
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DarkWinterCS
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Cough syrup in a different way?
Besides Spiritueuse Double Vanilla, this Bois d'Armenie also ended up in my bottling box at the same time. It was also one of the fragrances that was recommended to me and for which I had some expectations. Noticeably more so than with Double Vanilla. From the scent pyramid or rather the scents, it sounded quite interesting anyway, as I usually like iris, benzoin and guaiac wood. However, the present composition created - as with other fragrances - associations which rather surprised me and did not present themselves well to my nose.

The scent has an interesting scent, but it's different from what you might imagine. Since the individual notes gave me the impression that it somehow goes in a direction of powdered wood with hints of spice and incense, I was accordingly curious. What finally came out was unusual at first and not pleasant for my nose. Because it had a strong balsamic basic structure, which reminded me of the vitamin juice of rosy cheeks. But rather the one who is already going towards cough syrup. Not only does that sound funny, it also sniffed funny. Where this association comes from or which note this influences I cannot say. It definitely did not appeal to me.

From the durability and sillage I do not even have the biggest problems in this case. Because they know how to convince without overstraining the wearer. So the Bois d'Armenie easily lasts for seven to eight hours, but then stays a little bit closer to the skin after half of it. In the beginning, the scent knows how to play its cards, as it also creates a small mist around the sprayed-on area, especially in the first hour. I have to hold this to good, even if he does not convince me
Apparently I'm not so lucky with the selection of Guerlain fragrances. While I like the Acqua Allegoria series so much, the more expensive fragrances seem to appeal to my nose less than I would have imagined. Although completely different, the problems are just as differentiated. This one simply doesn't appeal to me from its composition, while Spiritueuse Double Vanilla cuts a terrible figure on my skin when it comes to its effect.

So my journey must continue.
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DerDefcon
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Top Review    25  
Decoupled from the here and now.
"Bois d'Arménie" is the third fragrance in Guerlain's sinfully expensive, but very stylishly crafted series of exclusive scents, which I have already had the pleasure of testing. "Angélique Noire" knows how to convince with a bitter, slightly green touch of vanilla. "Néroli Outrenoir" impresses with a splendidly implemented scent of smoky orange tea, which is especially pleasing on warmer days.
Both fragrances are perfectly matched, were also popular with more sensitive noses in my environment and are somehow worth their money, considering that perfume is a luxury article.

But the house or the perfumer's greatest success within this exclusive fragrance series was "Bois d'Arménie". This is a divinely attuned conglomerate of fragrances, which already give me pleasure just by reading the scent pyramid. That's how I saw guaiac wood, which already in "Layton Exclusif" caused enthusiasm in me with its sweet and smoky appearance. Benzoe, which has a brilliant appearance in Kurkdjian's "Grand Soir", is also present. And of course we don't want to forget the iris - the clean man's note so often used by Prada, converted to perfection.
But if the iris in Prada's bestsellers is often a little cosmetic and too scratchy for some people, in "Bois d'Arménie" it is merely bright and clean - similar to a light veil that knows how to cover everything, nothing scratches or bites. If the benzoin in "Grand Soir" is thick, sticky and resinous-sweet, so that it can only be worn by me at zero degrees Celsius or less, then in "Bois d'Arménie" it is less sweet and in no way sticky. And when the guaiac wood steps into Marly's blue, more exclusive litter... Uh... Bottle with its sweet and smoky woodiness - not dissimilar to benzoin, by the way - "Bois d'Arménie" is simply gentler, less sweet, but with more spice, which is carried by benzoin in a grandiose way. All this is incredibly cuddly, smooth and above all warming. But before all the warmth caused by benzoin and guaiac wood goes to your head, the light and clean iris squeezes in like an arrow, enveloping the other scents just mentioned. The final result is a warm, spicy, minimally sweet powdery smoke that is dark and sensual like wintertime, but at the same time iris-typically bright like the spring sun, caressing the nose. And it is precisely this dichotomy that makes the creation so incredibly interesting, so different, but at the same time so wearable. It never gets too sweet, never too smoky, never too oppressive and so this composition can be worn without any problems even outside the cold and cloudy seasons. The morning round of dogs at fresh five degrees and sunshine was a very special experience today. This warm end made me actually forget all the stress around study and side job. I certainly don't need to explain what causes this stress at the moment. However, it should be noted in conclusion - and this also explains the maximum score - that not many fragrances manage to decouple me from reality for a short time. This one - "Bois d'Arménie" - has done it.
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8.5
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8
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8
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10
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Taurus1967

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Top Review    17  
Chocolate latte
As already with some prescribers, I know Bois d'Arménie as "paper d'Arménie" or Armenian paper to burn off.
It's soaked in benzoin and sniffs for incense. The smoke is said to have antiseptic, odour-neutralising, air-purifying and enthusiasm-promoting properties.

Parfumo member Stanze has already written everything relevant to the history, production and application of this exceptional paper in her commentary.

Bois d'Arménie is, as she mentioned earlier, the liquefied version. However, according to my vague memory, the paper is rather woody and incense-heavy, while the perfume starts off quite heavily and sets very strong accents on the benzoin and the guaiac wood plus slightly earthy-sweet patchouli. All this together forms a warm dark chocolate broadside with a woody undertone. To be honest, there is no really remarkable development, because the fragrance remains more or less linear - even into the last late phase of the base note.

If everything does not deceive me, I sniff a great resemblance to Ambre Précieux by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier. The pyramid has a completely different composition, but also has this dark chocolaty, not too sweet cuddly flair, where more the amber plays a role, but here it is the discreetly woody component.

Anyway, these kinds of scents are ideal to warm up olfactorically and to feel good - especially in winter. You also don't have to worry about sniffing like a pastry shop and being licked by children. It is simply a highly appealing eau de parfum that almost acts like medicine for the soul.

BTW: I once asked a Maison Guerlain boutique in a very large perfumery about availability. There I was told that unfortunately the production had been stopped. However, it can still be ordered on the official Guerlain site - just in case anyone should wonder.

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Top Review    14  
Hugging woody autumn scent with a slightly seditious component
It is rare to do anything wrong if you bet on the Guerlain horse, and the "Bois" series contains many a beautiful work that can be called simply aesthetic.

The "Armenian wood" is again one of those charismatic autumn/winter scents that go towards a slightly firmer embrace. In the beginning a little bit brash in the combination incense/coriander/guaiac wood, gradually a very creamy outlined basic tone of elegant woody character unfolds, which almost steps along a little powdered, solemn, if not even festive, and to which one could most likely still accuse it of lacking some suitability for everyday use.

The Brazilian Kopaivabalsam may be to blame for this, which according to various sources is described as very "special" (bitter) and which here certainly provides a quite idiosyncratic undertone, which could be described as somewhat penetratingly bitter. Without question, Guerlain has integrated the whole thing well in the overall view, but this time it can't convince me to 100%.

Interesting made, without me this time but to be able to capture in full.

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Stanze
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Top Review    36  
Paper d'Arménie in liquid form
Since I lived in France for a few years, I also met the paper d'Arménie, bought it and used it. Fold a strip of paper from the booklet, place it on a fireproof base and light it. Then you let the paper die and it spreads a heavenly smell. Great stuff and pretty cheap.

At the end of the 19th century, a French chemist travelled through Armenia and noticed there that the population had benzoic resin die away in their houses. This was done not only because it smelled good, but also because the benzoin had a disinfectant effect. On his return to France, the chemist Auguste Ponsot produced blotting paper strips soaked in benzoin distilled in ethanol and salt water. He founded the historical factory in 1885 and it is probably still in use. He first presented these strips of paper to an international audience at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889. Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower, but today Papier d'Arménie is only known in France, I would bet. The paper is used today for room scenting. It smells like benzoin and vanilla. There's also a new strain I haven't tried yet. It was created in 2006 by Francis Kurkdjian on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia. In 2006, the fragrance "Bois d'Arménie" was launched on the market and this is no coincidence.

Enough smart handwriting. How does it smell now, the perfume? It smells exactly like the paper d'Arménie (even if family tester M claims it smells like olive liquor). Don't listen to M, it immediately smells of incense and benzoin and then becomes vanilla in the process. Warm, smoky, resinous and cozy. Totally authentic. I'm ravished.

The projection is mediocre, a small cloud. In my opinion, Bois d'Arménie is equally suitable for men and women. You can wear it in the evening, for going out, for Armenian national sport (chess), daily as well as in your free time. Maybe it's not so great in summer, but in all other seasons you can wear it for sure
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
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The right friends
The focus is on the wood. Gayak or gujak wood. Balsamic. Resinous. Dark grained.
Fine herb-dark fragrant. Star of the day or evening or whenever.
But to be honest, if I were such a wood (purely imaginary of course), I wouldn't want to do without friends who stand by my side.
But not the next best one would be a good choice.
I would need someone "powdered", smelling of iris, which makes me a little "softer".
And someone who has an incense pomander with him to underline my mysterious aura.
Well, there's three of us already. But to have really much fun, there is still something missing at "spice of the life" someone exotic, which does not exaggerate it however.
I just remembered Mr. Koreander, who always puts on such a fragrance that tickles his nose a little. I'll take that with me.
A little something is still missing to find my true center.
Sweet- balsamic and "angelic"......
Who was that quick again?!? brooding... study...
Yes, but of course. I'm glad, it occurred to me: Mrs. Benzoe, I believe from Siam.
But not catty. More like something in between. Fits.
MMMMH, wait a minute. For my "dark side" I also need a supporter.
I rarely go to cemeteries or dark cellars, but such a small thrill must be.
Only the old buddy, Senior Patchouli, can do that. He has been a faithful companion in other combinations. From MIR... Who likes to be the centre of attention himself... but we've been over this. I know, my ego.
But Patchouli is already very good for me.
To be complete, I still need someone to highlight my mild, soft side.
Some kind of sorceress, that is. Whenever I look a little too grim, she makes me aware of it with "siren-like whispering" and puts her fine veil over my face.
The Unique the Loving...".Russian" Madame Kopaiva, the "Balsamic", from Odessa, the city between the cultures.
All will be invited, all together we will score with the "audience".
The "Glorious Seven", if I may say so ("but I want to be in the middle!!!")
"Don't be so demanding." there's a voice murmuring beside me, It's Mr. Koreander.
"Only with the right friends can you really shine, old wooden head!" rises a loving swear in the choir. The right friends just....
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8.5
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8
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7
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9
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Serenissima
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Top Review    21  
the forest nymph melancholy
When I first met "Bois d'Arménie", I spontaneously thought of "The Fog of Avalon"!
I cannot explain this first intuition and I am sure some people will say here: "Yes, is it so stupid that it cannot distinguish between Britain and Armenia?
I can, but nothing changes: "Avalon" stays in my head!
More the title that creates a little creepy silhouettes of fog of waffled trees in front of my inner eye than the content.

"Bois d'Arménie" brings with it the first impression of late summer, a cleverly packaged finiteness.
Just yesterday Meggi, Can777 and I talked about the fact that this season with its special charm is slowly coming.

A slightly woody-spicy note develops very quickly with me after the first spraying.
The individual scent components do not appear here as solitaires, they unfold immediately as a unit and almost in perfection.
That with me cold-blooded being some smell development takes another course, is in the meantime known.
So the balsamic wood greets us, whether it really was at home in Armenia or not, together with a fine dose of pink pepper; even the iris - which I always feel to be slightly earthy and musty - is there: a trio emerges that is already pleasantly surprising and touching.
Here the iris fits wonderfully. It places small light spots in the woody aromatic, a little cloudy.
The resinous nuances of benzoin - always with a certain autumnal touch - and frankincense refine the previous fragrance composition.
Already now I feel a certain sacral impression: it is as if I am surrounded by an autumnal, herb-scented mixed forest.
That's why incense fits so well into this forest cathedral: it brings something mystical with it.
Coriander adds a green spicy note; I now think I perceive a hint of turpentine.
Well, not rare on walks in the woods.
But what makes turpentine in a fragrance?
The research on the corresponding internet pages shows that the copaiba balsam mentioned in the fragrance pyramid is viscous and terpentine-like fragrant. I don't know which of the many varieties came here.
It's also not necessary to know that: this fragrance process adapts harmoniously to my currently somewhat melancholic mood.
Patchouli and white musk float around "Bois d'Arménie" like light fog, gently floating through the morning forest solitude.
On their way through this woody-spicy beauty of scent, they certainly also encounter the forest nymph Melancholy! She accompanies me from the first moment of our closer acquaintance.
And makes me think of Vincenzo Bellini's "Malinconia, ninfa gentile."
(Yes, fragrances without colour and tone are unfortunately almost impossible with me!)

"Bois d'Armédie" doesn't make me sad; it makes me a little wistful and quietly reminds me of the "circle of the year". And thus to the fact that also such an extreme summer like this glides so slowly into a late stage and thus into a soft, well-scented autumn and we accompany it thereby.
The abundance of the usual Guerlain-Sillage and a nice shelf life help; they let some nymphs dance in the woods felt.

On a day in August that promises another maximum temperature of 30°, perhaps a late summer scent commentary with "fog formation" does not seem quite appropriate.
And yet I'm not the only one who feels a slight longing for autumn, with its fog games and their quiet secrets.
The year is tilting quietly and when the first forest nymphs are dancing again, we should keep our eyes open: "Bois d'Armédie" helps!
And Yatagan's photos, which I owe this scent sample to, impressively show the thoughts that go straight through my head.

This scent promotes my well-being in a peculiar way, makes me a little thoughtful, a little dreamy: it shows "panta rhei" in a special way!
It is worth taking a lot of time to discover slowness!
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Helpful Review    3  
A Vanilla Titbit
There is a certain kind of paper – the sort which you may use to cover the shelves in a cupboard – that allegedly was responsible for the creation of Bois d'Arménie: a childhood memory of Sylvaine Delacourte – as I read or heard somewhere. As Guerlain's art director, she seems to have a leading influence on the creation of new fragrances. Well, another of those Guerlain legends!

With Bois d'Arménie, Guerlain gives us a fragrance which simply can only come from this house. It is this special handling of vanillic notes, which only Guerlain has lead to perfection. For me, it does not matter that vanilla is not mentioned as such in the known fragrance notes. Anyway, Guerlain is always telling only half of the truth.

The vanilla – or whatever I identify as such – has an unbelievable depth and intensity. It is not accompanied by woody tartness as the tonka complex in Arsène Lupin Voyou, but by a completely different dark and recondite woodiness. This has some resemblance to certain liqueurs, but without being overly sweet. And also, it almost has some smokiness. In its clear, only slightly shaded expression, this vanilla comes near to the wonderful Spiritueuse Double Vanille, however, it is darker.

With that paper story, Bois d'Arménie touches the world of orris fragrances – besides the powder note there is the impression of old foxy paper which also applies to some orris fragrances, and among those most of all to Dior Homme. They have something in common, however, only initially. Bois d'Arménie is not developing any “lipstick” accord as the Dior scent does.

Bois d'Arménie is a difficult fragrance, and it is a little bit demanding. The pithiness of the vanillic part obviously makes it necessary to shift down the intensity. And so, Bois d'Arménie is a difficult candidate for testing. During my first encounters at my local Maison Guerlain, Bois d'Arménie seemed to have nothing to say. Having my olfactory sense affected by other, less discreet fragrances, I was hardly able to smell it. Bois d'Arménie creates only a faint aura around its wearer – getting acquainted with it needs some time and devotion.

Besides vanilla and orris, no other note reveals itself to me. On the contrary, during its development Bois d'Arménie more and more retreats into the vanilla-like shell until it is completely faded after almost a day.

So, which one is to prefer? The clear and ethereal Spiritueuse Double Vanille, or the noble, darkish Bois d'Arménie? Of course, these questions are not to be answered. Both will equally delight their owners – providing that one can cope with such a lot of vanilla-like orientalism.

Personally, I only sometimes like to wear it – carefully, so to say. Please consider: a vanilla ice cream is consumed within a few minutes – but Bois d'Arménie will last many hours! Despite its discreetness, one better wears this beautiful fragrance with consideration. Eat it like a titbit!
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Missk

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Vanilla incense and rich woods
I am yet another female jumping on the band-wagon for Bois d'Armenie.

Screw the 'for men only', I will happily douse myself in this and call myself a lady. It's such a compelling and beautiful fragrance, something that should be shared between the genders.

This is everything I pretty much love in perfume; woods, incense, dustiness, spice and heaviness. Although vanilla is not listed as a note, it is most certainly there, particularly in the drydown.

I may just describe this fragrance as creamy vanillic incense with faint, white woods. The pink pepper and the patchouli often like to provide an extra tang to this fragrance, however the sharpness of these notes comes and goes.

Another favourite of mine from this exclusive Guerlain range is Rose Barbare, which I loved more for its complexity rather than the scent itself. The same could be said of Bois d'Armenie. If I ever tire of this fragrance (be damned if I do!), it will be Annick Menardo's exquisite work that will keep me interested.

Most resinous notes tend to be masculine and sometimes fierce, however the resinous drydown of Bois d'Armenie is actually sweet. The sweetness was a shock to my senses, however the more I smelt it on my skin, the more addictive and perfect it seemed.

Bois d'Armenie is elegant, like something I would wear to an upper-class formal event. The lasting power and sillage are of course a reflection of why this fragrance is priced so high. It is unfortunate that in my current financial predicament it will be a few years before I see a bottle of this. I guess it will be an incentive to try harder at University to score that high paying job which will fuel my adoration for expensive perfumes.
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Sherapop

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Not as Good as Dolce Vita
I am not sure what accounts for the slight sourness in the opening of Guerlain BOIS D'ARMENIE, but it quickly dissipates, leaving an ever-so-lightly spiced woody vanilla fragrance which compares favorably to Dior DOLCE VITA and is at least unisex, if not better suited for women than for men (as advertised...).

However, at five times the price, and with mediocre staying power, BOIS D'ARMENIE, while certainly nice, will not be sitting next to my shimmering bottle of (unreformulated) DOLCE VITA anytime soon. To be honest, I prefer the Dior composition. Just lucky, I guess!

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HajuvanaHajuvana 4 years ago
I'd like to know more about the dry, resinous oriental that's hiding behind that Menardo accord hovering on top like a huge black censor bar.

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