Bois Soleil Women

Bois Soleil Women by Zara
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Bois Soleil Women is a perfume by Zara for women. The release year is unknown. The scent is sweet-spicy. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesNutmegNutmeg
Heart Notes Heart NotesTuberoseTuberose
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouliPatchouli



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Submitted by BrokenNose, last update on 14.05.2021.
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Bois Soleil, or Sun Wood, is a fragrance that offers a floral, earthy, woody, spicy, and balmy olfactory path that is warm and sweet in all its evolution. It is a fragrance that will ask you to focus only on it, inspired by vintage, but the execution is a contemporary, elegant, modern classic scent—softly spoken with lots of character. A perfume that is difficult to capture in a family of fragrances, with woody and amber notes but also a dark chypre accord because of the mix of patchouli and nutmeg. The tuberose and the neroli give the perfume a rich floral sensation. Its full official composition lists notes of neroli and nutmeg on top. Then, in the fragrance's body, we have tuberose and woody accords. The base combines notes of patchouli and vanilla absolute. There is also a velvety, undeclared dose of musk that envelops the entire olfactory pyramid.

The opening is ultra-zealous in woods, spices, and tuberose. It touches the skin with a strong spicy and floral look, where nutmeg shades scream, with a graceful touch of neroli. Initially, a zing of freshness from the neroli oozes, not too citrus, and then you get the spiciness from the nutmeg. The spicy nut blends with the initial alcohol and creates an Alexander cocktail vibe, dusted with grated nutmeg. I am fond of nutmeg, and I love it freshly grated on dishes. Just in case, nutmeg will subdue a bit, anyway, it will not fade away completely and eventually move in the background.

Once it’s stabilized, the heart softens to a sexy yet strong yet soft mid-tone with the woody accord and slightly spicy tones of tuberose, which oozes moist and dewy with a creamy touch, almost reminiscent of the velvety dough of a cake. The absolute of tuberose, at first, brings a milky side. However, over time, the spicy side of the beginning loses strength for a more floral and indolic body. The creamy look continues with something that looks like jasmine. The tuberose blooms and basks in all its glory. It is a freshly cut blossom that intermingles with a woody accord, soak and deep as forest mist after a summer rainstorm.

After this phase, sugary and powdery patchouli emerges that brings the sweet side of vanilla, tasty and almost medicinal, anticipating the scent that permeates until the end. The chocolate patchouli steps forward and seeps underneath with vanilla to keep it from getting too strong while forcing other mates to move backward. For the rest of the perfume’s journey, Bois Soleil sets unusual and oblique notes against vanilla and cream: one-moment custard cream, pistachio mint ice cream, the next, another steaming chai, before settling into a luxuriant anisic woodiness.

Shades of leather and controlled use of nutmeg warmth round off the odor profile and make it very much an indoor, centrally heated affair. The nutmeg and vanilla combination is especially pleasant, without becoming too gourmand for my tastes. It’s a very well-balanced scent. The warm, dark, and resinous notes make me choose this perfume during the cool and humid days of the colder seasons. I can wear safely it in the office, but also on free days, at the weekend, and in the evenings with friends.

I based the review on a 80ml bottle I have owned since September 2020.


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