Boudoir (1998)Eau de Parfum

Boudoir (Eau de Parfum) by Vivienne Westwood
Bottle Design Fabrice Legros, Studio Pi Design
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Boudoir (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Vivienne Westwood for women and was released in 1998. The scent is powdery-floral. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by Coty.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Bergamot, Hyacinth, Orange blossom, Pot marigold
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Orris root, Jasmine, Cardamom, Coriander, Narcissus, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Sandalwood, Tobacco blossom, Vanilla, Cinnamon

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Scent

7.9 (444 Ratings)

Longevity

8.9 (340 Ratings)

Sillage

8.3 (310 Ratings)

Bottle

8.8 (325 Ratings)
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Sequoia

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Sequoia
Sequoia
Helpful Review    6  
Out of time - out of place
For me, a "boudoir" is a lady's room, a retreat, warm and cosy, with a large dressing table and coat stands. And this fragrance fits the theme perfectly: warm, feminine, powdery, a little pompous, but more suitable for hours of retreat. No scent of a woman ripper, rather something to cuddle up with.
When "Boudoir" moved in with me, it didn't fit in with the times: what young woman had a room at the end of the 90s that would pass for a boudoir. The term has been outdated for decades. And also the fragrance itself was already rather old-fashioned at that time. In the late '90s, a fragrance with aldehydes... rather not mainstream. Also otherwise the smell was rather conspicuous - body near was something else.
I already liked the perfume - despite the aldehydes at the beginning. Nevertheless, I rarely wore it because I hardly saw the right opportunity for it. As a young woman, I was more interested in going out than in retreating.
In nostalgic moments I still like to think of the light amber-coloured liquid - no comparison to today's pink content. Today "Boudoir" as a winter scent would perhaps suit me quite well - perhaps... But it is probably even further out of time and space today than in the late 1990s.
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Moonchild

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Moonchild
Moonchild
Very helpful Review    11  
Dont f**k with me or self-confident, sexy and in your face
Finally I own the pink water again! Today was a good (perfume) day for me, because I bought 50 ml Boudoir for an incredible 27.27€ in a drugstore. JubileeJubilee.♡

So: Boudoir is certainly not of the pleasing variety . Either you love him or you hate him... In between there is little.
About the Stilage:
BOUDOIR comes out of the bottle with such a WUMS that it literally takes your breath away. This fragrance is really easy to overdose... It is best not to push the atomizer head completely through and never come up with the idea of applying a second spray. No, really never! Unless, of course, there is a need to be smelled and then seen for the next 8 to 10 hours! The durability of the fragrance is really overwhelming. On my skin it is still perceptible after showering and lasts easily 2 days.
I have to admit that I'm not yet a big fan for the first half hour after spraying this fragrance on (really well dosed) - that's the only flaw in this fragrance!
In the beginning it is somehow herbaceous, very smoky, little sweet with lots of carnation and patchouli. What comes after that, however, becomes more and more delicious! So it's worth it to hang on. The fragrance remains oriental, but becomes softer, more vanilla and is incredibly warm. He's completely wrapping the wearer up. In the process, the very smoky components recede in favour of vanilla, cinnamon and sandalwood. BOUDOIR is exciting, direct, but also makes the wearer somehow unapproachable and mysterious. Whether old or young, thick or thin, big or small, black, brunette, blond or red: This fragrance suits every self-confident woman who knows what she wants, likes to attract attention and doesn't care what others think about her. BOUDOIR is sexy, but not in a cheap way, but a rather unapproachable, almost arrogant way.
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Chanelle

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Chanelle
Chanelle
Top Review    26  
Let fat women be around me!
My last comment before the Düsseldorfer Duftstars (promised!) is also my 2nd to this fragrance, which I don't love as much anymore as shortly after its launch. At that time I did nothing good for my environment, because I used it gladly, often and in high doses...and found it incredibly sexy. So was my lover at the time, by the way. Today - probably because of the November weather in May - I suddenly felt like smelling the vintage boudoir (still the one with the metal lid) again.
But the seven years are probably long gone. I mean the 7-year life-age cycle, which is said to bring about a change. As far as Boudoir is concerned, I can hardly comprehend my obsession with it at the time.
In the meantime I have experienced some anecdotes with and through him, and one of them has remained especially in my memory: I came into conversation with a good-humoured, attractive, albeit rather curvy girl (40+) and of course it was about fragrances. She loved Boudoir as much as I did and put up the thesis that he was made for "full women". SizeZero is not suitable for this firecracker. It only goes with colorful Rubens women. Over the next few years, I realized there was something to it. Mollies love him, asparagus rather less. Pale gray hunger hooks loathe him. Is that what Madame Westwood wanted? I don't know.
My old boudoir has not changed imho, it is warm, powdery, sweet and heavy. Cinnamon and orange blossom play leading roles. It lasts a day or two and you can probably still smell it from the moon. But I guess I've fallen in love...
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Rickbr

190 Reviews
Rickbr
Rickbr
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Cheap Talcum
I thought that this fragrance would only have a awful opening on me, but it's awful all the way. It smells, at first, like cheap and bad scented talcum, with some floral notes that seems to have rotten. There is something woody and a little bit sweet, but the opening refuses to go away and the mixture is just very unpleasant. It has been a long time since i tried something as bad as it.
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7.5
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7.5
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10
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Very helpful Review    10  
A Guilty Pleasure
Call the boys up, I've found my sexy scent. How anyone can call this fragrance revolting is beyond me.

Boudoir is the perfect name for this fragrance. When I smell this scent I picture an antique bedroom, pink satin sheets and flickering candles. Sensual and sweet on the verge of naughty. The rumour is that Dita Von Teese wears this, and I find that highly probable.

I haven't felt the desperate need to acquire a bottle of perfume in quite some time, but Boudoir has recently given me that urge. I can't help falling head over heels for her. Not an overrated fragrance at all.

I adore the scent of carnation, vanilla, tobacco and baby powder, so this fragrance has successfully managed to combine all my loves into one magnificent blend. Boudoir has a unique, classic approach, sort of like a scent from a by-gone era. It also reminds me of the absolutely breathtaking Billet Doux by Fragonard.

A man or lover with modern tastes, may take some time to become acquainted with Boudoir, but if you are as equally as captivating as this fragrance, I can guarantee that he'll be dreaming of you and your scent for days. Be daring enough to cast a spell in more ways than one.

While not overpowering, Boudoir does have fantastic projection. Applying with a light hand is the key to wearing this fragrance in a classy manner. Don't be fooled into thinking that Boudoir is a scent reserved only for those more intimate moments, I for example, will wear this fragrance pretty much anywhere, provided that the weather is cool outside.

Boudoir lingers on the skin the whole day, and lasts even longer on clothes. I'm kicking myself that I've avoided this fragrance these last few years after reading a few negative reviews. Negative observations aside, this fragrance needs to be experienced.
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Jbells

46 Reviews
Jbells
Jbells
Very helpful Review    7  
Very intriguing
Mine is the 1998 version, with cognac-coloured juice, not the pink in the image above.

Right from the nozzle of my decant, I can smell the mixture of spices and taste the cinnamon on my tongue. The part of me that dislikes spicy scents tells me not to spray it on, but it's very intriguing, and so I spritz thrice - on my arms and in the hollow of my neck.

It is just as spicy on the skin. But it feels dark, and reminds me of a the flicker of a single candle in a darkened room. There's carnation in it for sure, but it's like someone smashed it and all its essence is drifting around that candle whilst a bowl of spices sits nearby.

After about an hour or so, it calms down and becomes more floral, a little creamy, but still spicy. The "smoky" florals plays very nicely into this. There's a strange resemblance to the smell of sweat or skin somewhere in the mix that I only pick up when I put my nose to my skin, but it doesn't seem to detract from the overall scent. Something sweet peeks through, too, but I can't put a name to it. Could all of this be the influence of aldehydes? Perhaps.

Overall, Boudoir screams femininity, the empowering, sexy kind, but not exactly sultry. In my mind, I see this perfume made for *that* woman in red stilettos and a long skin tight dress, getting what she wants, when she wants. But she's not the kind who only stays in glorious mansions. Oh no, this lady isn't afraid to get down and dirty, to mingle with the boys in a room swirling with tobacco smoke. My mind goes to the movie The Great Gatsby (the Leo DiCaprio rendition).

I'm not sure how I personally feel about wearing this out at all (as I tested this at home). Nonetheless, it's quite brilliantly made and despite being spicy, I, who normally dislikes spicy scents, am rather drawn to it. I have not decided if I like it or if I'm simply neutral about it.

Sillage is pretty good! I can definitely smell it all around me.

Longevity is good, too. The scent does become closer to the skin at about the 4 hour mark, but in total, it lasts 7-8 hours on me.
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DarkMatter

24 Reviews
DarkMatter
DarkMatter
Very helpful Review    9  
Cinnamon for the cinnamon hater!
My daughter wanted a perfume that had both cinnamon and cigarettes. I did a bit of research and thought she might like this. So I bought her a bottle. When she first put it on I was shocked...in a good way! "Oh my god, let me smell that!" I said to her as I got a whiff as she walked by. It smelt so smooth and deep, I just had to have it for myself. So, instead of borrowing her bottle all the time, I bought my own.

What can I say? I am not a lover of cinnamon. Most of the incarnations of this spice in perfume have been far too harsh for my palate. None of the famous cinnamon perfumes have changed my mind, Poison, Opium, Cinnabar to name a few. So I was intrigued by Ms Westwood's creation. I already have three of her perfumes and I adore all three (Anglomania, Naughty Alice and Let it Rock). I had previously owned Boudoir Sin Garden but hadn't been impressed with it, finding it rather boring and generic. Sin Garden is so different from the original Boudoir which is sexy and in your face, but in an alluring and seductive way.

Boudoir is extremely well blended, I can make out the marigold and bergamot slightly in the opening along with the cinnamon and a touch of patchouli. As this warms to my skin it blooms into a smooth, rich slightly sweet tobacco scent. It reminds me of when I drank rum a few years ago when I still smoked cigarettes. There is no rum in this beautiful concoction, but the sweetness of the rum with the tobacco is somehow the memory it evokes. A dark, tobacco filled room in a brothel, brimming with ladies of the night and their various perfumes. At the centre of this scene is the Madame who is the most magnificent in burgundy velvet and a low decolletage. Around her is a cloud of fragrance that is: Boudoir.
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Karinoula

82 Reviews
Karinoula
Karinoula
Very helpful Review    1  
Deep rose
I received today My Boudoir. It is really amazing and your comments really helped me to choose. It reminds me a lot of John Galliano's perfume. Amazing lasting power and is for all year round. Gothic and mysterious.
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LadyRogue

166 Reviews
LadyRogue
LadyRogue
Very helpful Review    7  
Nights in White Satin
Westwoods "Naughty Alice" is well behaved and innocent next to "Boudoir"! -- Rarely was a scent this aptly named....It smells like a "Boudoir".....after a long night of sex with your man that is just back from a l-o-n-g trip. He smoked Cigarillos and brought you a huge bouquet of pink carnations....Your favourite flowers.

Tobacco, carnation, cinnamon and narcissus are some of the notes that barrage my senses after I spray this...They swirl and swirl and I can only think -- Sex in a bottle! In fact it is something like this that I think Jean-Baptiste was trying to *create* in the movie "Perfume" -- It smells very much like the essence of a naked woman. (if this makes any sense).

This is not a scent I would wear to work...or to a casual lunch. No; this is something that you wear when you are out to seduce. It's a dirty scent...in a very sexy and intimate way. In fact this would be perfect to wear with your favourite lingerie...in your Boudoir where you and your lover are playing "Fifty Flacons of Scents" ; )

Definitely not something you should buy blind! This is not for everyone, and should be tested on your skin before purchase. Don't expect pretty or yummy...No, I would rather describe this as primal and animalistic with a growl!

Silage is: a long sexy hug. -- Longevity is: all day/night long.
Be warned! Now go and enjoy! : )
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Digindirt

47 Reviews
Digindirt
Digindirt
Helpful Review    5  
Lady in Red
It would be easier for me to copy and paste the lyrics of this beautiful song by Christopher Burgh to describe this fragrance, which is equally beautiful.

There is something here that reminds me of Coach Poppy without the girly-girl flavor.

This lady is all dressed up looking gorgeous and lovely, just like the song says. She's dancing with me cheek to cheek.

She is a beautiful lady shining bright giving a feeling of complete and utter love.

I'll never forget the way you look tonight. Anyone who knows this fragrance can relate.
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Alex1984 17 months ago
8.5
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10
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9
Bottle
Hard to pinpoint notes. Complex, grand, burlesque. Diva scent, not girly. Could easily be early 20th century, proper perfume with balls!

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