Bohemian Black (2013)

Bohemian Black by House of Matriarch
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Bohemian Black is a popular perfume by House of Matriarch for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is resinous-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer

Christi Meshell

Fragrance Notes

Limoncello, Herbs, Colombian gardenia, Tahitian tiaré, Italian honeysuckle, Night-blooming jasmine, Salty choyas, Omanian frankincense, Benzoin siam, Mysore sandalwood, Oud, Amber, False sandalwood

Ratings

Scent

8.4 (45 Ratings)

Longevity

8.6 (38 Ratings)

Sillage

8.0 (37 Ratings)

Bottle

7.0 (33 Ratings)
Submitted by Joe, last update on 11.02.2019
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Kaleidoscopic!
Bohemian Black opens with a really peculiar blend reminding me of classic masculine warm citrus-floral-woody scents like Eau Sauvage or Caron’s Third Man, mixed with a thick, “round” and kind of nostalgic floral-aldehydic bouquet as in vintage chypres – say, Guerlain’s Chamade. This, with a sprinkle of modern creativity: a sort of sparkling boozy note (a boozy citrus, specifically), a sweet-resinous dark and warm choco note. That boozy note is supposed to evoke “limoncello” liquor, and – trust an Italian on this – it perfectly nails it: the smell in Bohemian Black is exactly that. A sweet, citric, thick and syrupy boozy aroma. I admire Christi Meshell’s work on this scent, which seems like a Rubik’s cube to recompose together: several different nuances, a sort of schizophrenic dark hybrid between an indolic-floral chypre, a pine-citrus barbershop fougère, a resinous gourmand, a fresh boozy scent. Joyful and summery on one side, somber and autumnal on the other. And a dozen of different tones singing together, from dusty warm resins to the citric booziness, through a classic jasmine-based floral accord and that “uncle’s aftershave” feel. Mad, if you ask me; but incredibly solid and really well put together, a really fun and clever “detournement” of several classic canons with a contemporary approach. A geometric kaleidoscope smelling refined and intriguing, extremely harmonic and pleasant despite the coexistence of so many different notes and inspirations. The main flaw? Just take a stopwatch with you when you spray this, ‘cause in a matter of some dozens of minutes it will be all gone. As much bizarre, colorful, interesting and bold at first, as then settling on a floral-woody, amber-patchouli drydown smelling quite plain, linear, almost openly cheap. Like many (too many!) niche scents, it “says it all” within the first hour, then a boring, weak drydown. Contrary to the inspiration which it seems to quote, since vintage chypres and fougères are often brilliant essays of how to master the drydown of a fragrance. Still nice overall, but too costly for being that cool for just one hour or so.

7/10

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